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USA deliver first drone operation license to BP

The Federal Aviation Administration of the United States (FAA) announced on this Tuesday the delivery of the first license to fly drones to the oil company BP.

The same agency authorized the company and the manufacturer of unmanned aircrafts systems AeroVironment to use a drone in the area of Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, where BP is searching for oil and planning the installation of pipelines.

The investigation began last Sunday, using a Puma AE device equipped with a 1.4 meters long camera.

“These surveys are an important step in expanding the commercial use of unmanned aircrafts“, said the Secretary of Transportation of the United States, Anthony Foxx.

“Technology is changing rapidly and the opportunities are growing,” he added.

To obtain the fly license, companies must demonstrate that their drones will not affect national security and that its use will be of public interest.

Some U.S. government agencies have used drones for security, rescue and weather issues.

Source: AFP – Agence