FAA awards $2.7M to explore use of drones in disaster and emergency response


The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded $2.7 million in research to explore the use of drones in disaster preparedness and emergency response.

The administration said in its announcement that the research will explore the use of drones in providing effective and efficient responses to different natural and human-made disasters.

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It will also address coordination and logistic procedures among drone operators from federal agencies, as well as state and local disaster preparedness and emergency response organizations. 

“Every second counts in an emergency, and this funding will allow drones to safely and more quickly deploy in moments when minutes matter,” acting FAA administrator Billy Nolen said in a statement dated August 18, 2022.

The five universities and their award amounts are: 

University of Vermont                                  $1,195,000

University of Alabama Huntsville                $828,070

New Mexico State University                      $400,000

North Carolina State University                   $200,000

Kansas State University                               $145,000

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