By Susanna Speier
Denver Private Investigator Blogger
What better way to hone your aerial navigation skills than borrowing the company drone to shoot wildfires over the Fourth of July holiday, right?
Actually, according to Colorado Public Radio, some of Colorado's 1st responder, firefighting drones were grounded due to interference from recreational drones and the situation's become so dire that Colorado Senators Cory Gardner (Republican) and Michael Bennet (Democrat) are now pushing for federal legislation to make drone flying over wildfires a federal felony. They're calling it the SAFER Act (Securing Airspace for Emergency Responders).
Ever the outlier, Aspen, Colorado, by contrast, plans to light up the Fourth of July sky with a fifty drone show! You can't beat that --- or can you?
Boulder's drone company Black Swift, according to The Daily Camera, has won a NASA contract to develop a drone to study the atmosphere of Venus. So there's that.
It is being funded through the federal government's Small Business Innovation Research program and is expected to complete phase one in six months for --get this-- $125,000!!
The Daily Camera article, written by Lucas High, also points out that last year Black Swift developed another NASA funded drone for $875,000 that will be studying the inside of a Hawaiian volcano later this year.
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