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Innovation Loves a Crisis

Updated: Apr 27

Social distancing has become the new normal as the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps the globe. The U.S. is not immune, reporting more than 30,000 confirmed (and, frankly, underreported) cases to date. When human-to-human contact is the problem, send in the robots. In the current crisis, UAS regulations seem to constrain maximum UAS employment for the good of society; yet on a daily basis, other significant policies continue to evolve in response to the unprecedented situation in which we all find ourselves. Why would we not revisit UAS policies and regulations to enable remote package deliveries (food, medicines), police first response, and communications, at a minimum, on an emergency temporary basis?

Topics: COVID-19; pandemic; drones; drone deliveries; robots; drones for good; Part 107

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