White House Announces New Steps to Promote Drone Adoption


The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has announced new steps to promote the safe integration and adoption of UAS across the United States, according to a news release.

These steps expand on the Department of Transportation and the FAA’s “Small UAS” rule to provide national guidelines for the operation of non-recreational unmanned aircraft under 55 pounds.

The actions include $35 million of research funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) over the next five years into design and application areas; Department of the Interior (DOI) adoption of UAS for search and rescue operations; $5 million in funding from New York state to drive the growth of the UAS industry in New York; and a coordinated education program by UAS industry groups to promote best practices.

The announcement coincides with the White House hosting the first-ever OSTP workshop on drones and the future of aviation.