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FAA, Xcel Energy Partner to Advance UAS for Utility Inspections

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 16, 2017

In an effort to research the safe operation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for inspecting critical infrastructure, Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy is partnering with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The agreement involves using UAS to inspect more than 20,000 miles of [Read More]

N.D. Drone Company OK’d for Night Flying; Utility Signs Up Right Away

Posted by Betsy Lillian on November 16, 2016

Grand Forks, N.D.-based SkySkopes has inked permission from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to fly unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) at night. The flight services firm completed its first set of nighttime operations on Nov. 10 in cooperation with Minneapolis-based Xcel [Read More]

North Dakota Funds University-Utility Drone Work

Posted by Betsy Lillian on July 05, 2016

The North Dakota Centers of Excellence Commission recently awarded a $499,891 funding request for a Research North Dakota Grant in support of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) research. The University of North Dakota’s (UND) Center for Innovation, in partnership with Xcel [Read More]

Xcel Energy Kicks off Drone Survey Beyond the Visual Line of Sight

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 03, 2016

Xcel Energy, an electricity and natural gas company with regulated operations in eight western and midwestern states, is partnering with Environmental Consultants Inc. and FLōT Systems to fly an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS) [Read More]