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Behind the Blue: UK's Suzanne Smith Talks Drones

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 14, 2016)  The drone revolution continues to impact numerous industries — photography, real estate and public safety are just a few. But drones are also presenting unprecedented opportunities for research in numerous other fields like agriculture, atmospheric science, biology, engineering and more.

University of Kentucky faculty and students have been at the forefront of using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for research and recently received a blanket certificate of authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration to conduct research with drones across the nation.

At the same time, safety remains a top priority and a new UK drone policy will ensure compliance and well-being of all campus community members.

In this week’s edition of the “Behind the Blue” podcast, UK College of Engineering's Suzanne Smith, director of the UK Unmanned Systems Research Consortium, discusses UK's research efforts using UAVs, and their impact on the Commonwealth from industry to entertainment.

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