Minnesota National Guard UAV Public Safety Use in 2015 & Beyond

Camp Ripley, a Minnesota National Guard base has been flying UAVs since 2004 for training. Right now drones have to stay on base. The plan is to use UAVs for public safety applications after FAA approval in 2015. Applications are detecting fires, monitor river levels, access storm damage, survey pipelines, traffic accidents and some law enforcement situations. This is a market that the private sector of aerial survey companies can get into with state emergency management/homeland security agencies instead and/or in conjunction with the national guard. A state representative proposed a law like Wisconsin has in the works to limit UAV application but it stalled before it got to committee in the MN Legislature.

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About Chuck Schoeneberger

Former forecaster at Meridian Environmental Technologies Inc (now a Interis Company), with a background in GIS and LiDAR, with other stints at GeoSpatial Services of Winona, MN and Aerometric (Now Quantum Spatial) of Sheboygan, WI. He is a weather technologist for public storm safety from a local to international level. LinkedIn Profile: http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=25048141&trk=tab_pro His views are his own and not of his employer.
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