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|Photo: AFP Photo / Don Emmert 'The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued certificates for two types of unmanned aircraft for civilian use. The move is expected to lead to the first approved commercial drone operation later this summer. The two unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) are the Scan Eagle X200 and Aero Vironment's PUMA. They both measure around 4 - feet long, weighing less than 55 pounds, and have a wing span of ten and nine feet respectively...Both the Scan Eagle and the PUMA received 'restricted category type certificates'which permit aerial surveillance. Prior to the FAA's decision, the only way the private sector could operate UAS in US airspace was by obtaining an experimental airworthiness certificate which specifically restricts commercial operations.'|
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