Alaska Unmanned Flight Discussed at Science for Alaska Lecture

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Drones were last night's topic at the Science for Alaska Lecture series.
The Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration known as ACUASI presented on the future of unmanned aircraft in Alaska.
They talked about the work they are doing with the FAA and NASA to research unmanned flight and ensure it is safe.
One of their new projects is developing anti-collision systems to ensure drones will be able to avoid potential obstacles in the air and on ground without human input.
Another project they are working on is getting a drone certified by the FAA to do deliveries beyond the visual line of site.
Catherine Cahill, the director of ACUASI spoke about the future of drones in Alaska.

"There is a lot of potential for unmanned aircraft here in Alaska, to do cargo deliveries, to do medical supplies, to look at infrastructure like pipelines, or to do mammal counts. So there is a tremendous opportunity here if we can get the rules and regulation in place to be able to do this safely."

The final Science for Alaska lecture will be held at Raven Landing on March 5, at 7 p.m. regarding astronomy and culture.