The University of Connecticut received a drone aircraft certificate of authorization by the Federal Aviation Administration, but school officials say they will be flying the aircraft for research purposes rather than surveillance. In fact, they want to build a helicopter that will fly itself.

Baki Cetegen, chair of the mechanical engineering department at UConn’s Storrs campus, says that the certification was required for a proposal from the United Technologies Research Center, which hopes to conduct research to develop a remote controlled helicopter. The project has not yet been funded and no flights have taken place.

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