FAA releases report detailing categories for drones flying over crowds

On Monday, the Associated Press got early access to a report commissioned by the FAA on how drones flying over or near people should be categorized and restricted. Today, that report was officially released, with all the juicy (and boring) details you’ve come to expect from government task force briefings.

The full report, available here on the FAA’s site (PDF), doesn’t differ much from what leaked on Monday — four categories, escalating from under-250-gram micro-drones up to larger, more dangerous ones that require closer scrutiny and damage mitigation plans. We ran them down earlier, so you can read that or skim through the executive summary in the report itself.

The major addition to existing approval processes would be official tests of force and danger of bodily harm…

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