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The Drone Initiative: Drones Serving Our Safety and Environment is a part of OSU’s Unmanned Systems Research Institute (USRI).

“Drones are becoming commonplace in how we think about national defense, law enforcement, and even for the future of retail,” said Jamey Jacob, USRI director. “But the potential for drones to make positive contributions in health and safety is vast yet underdeveloped.”

Led by engineering faculty with collaborators from across OSU, this initiative develops applications, tools and aircraft platforms for using unmanned aerial vehicles in weather forecasting, environmental monitoring, firefighting and other health and safety arenas.