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Published March 26, 2010, 04:15 PM

UND's Remote Plane Taking Pictures Of Oslo's Flood Zone

It's a first for the country as UND and the FAA team up to do research on a flooding river basin. The FAA has given UND a certificate of authorization to fly its scan eagle remote operated plane over Oslo's flood zone to take pictures of flooding.

It's a first for the country as UND and the FAA team up to do research on a flooding river basin.

The FAA has given UND a certificate of authorization to fly its scan eagle remote operated plane over Oslo's flood zone to take pictures of flooding.

Today was the fourth launch this week of this remote operated plane. It has a real time camera mounted on it that takes pictures of flooding. The goal is to prove civilian remote planes can be flown during emergency situations like during a flood to retrieve data and pictures that could help save lives.

That information can be supplied to agencies to learn about floods and how they can improve flood preparation.

Each test is about one to four hours long and it takes around a dozen people for each launch.

"Potentially down the road those images can be disseminated anywhere for real time video feeds to FEMA, NOA. Other federal agencies could use that information is this particular situation looking for ice jams, submerged roads."

Butterfield says its rare for the FAA to give authorization for civilian UAS's to fly in commercial airspace so this was a big step in their research.

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