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Drones now being used at Pittsburg State

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Pittsburg State University uses drones to teach students about the ever changing world of technology.

PSU is using the drones in the classroom and for promotional videos.

While students work on a few experiments in class now, they'll soon be getting hands-on experience with drones.

The first drone has already been used for promotional videos.

"We have attached a GoPro 3 (camera) to this model," says videographer Jacob Anselmi.  "A GoPro 3 is lighter and smaller and it works really good when you're trying to lift something off the ground and what we're doing is trying to capture Pittsburg State in a way we've never done before."

The PSU School of Construction bout a drone about a month and a half ago.

But while flying drones can be fun the Federal Aviation Association is restricting who and why it's used.

If you're flying them commercial there are laws to abide such as no invasion of property or not flying more than 400 feet high.

The university can use it for recreational and teaching purposes.

"Hobbyists can only fly them, commercial can not unless you get a permit and last I heard it's about a two year wait to get a permit," says Bill Strenth, an assistant professor at PSU.

Drones are expected to start popping up all over in just a matter of time but some professors say that having drones is what sets them a part from other universities.

"I think it's going to give the students here a leg up in terms of the technology we use and the different things we're able to do as students moving into the professional world, so they'll be able to get to have experience with it probably before many other students in the country," says student Matthew Horne.

Both departments are working together to advance their own products.

"Really, we're working with the Kansas Technology Center and they're working with us as well on trying to build something on our own here that will give us stability, stable video and be cost effective at the same time," says Anselmi.

Professor Strenth's drone can travel about 2,000 feet into the air and has a mile radius, but because of FAA regulations the school can only fly it to about the height of a four story building.

Strenth says he also plans to incorporate drones into his summer classes.

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