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IAATO members ban recreational drone use in Antarctica

IAATO members ban recreational drone use in Antarctica

Members of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators have agreed to ban the recreational use of unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, in wildlife-rich coastal Antarctica for the 2015/16 season.

Recognizing the value of UAVs for research and certain commercial uses such as documentary filmmaking, IAATO said the intent is to ensure that their use is 'contained and carefully controlled.'

The ban will be reviewed next year to allow for potential technological advances and further developments within the regulatory community.

 

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