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Check out drones in the library, literally

A “tiny whoop” drone approaches the fifth checkpoint in the racing
track under the Keith B. Mather Library. Photo by Josh Hartman
Fritz Freudenberger

Drones are fun to watch, but even more fun to fly. Thanks to UAF Geophysical Institute director Bob McCoy and the Alaska Center for UAS Integration, ACUASI, anyone with a Polar Express card will have the opportunity.

Starting Tuesday, Jan. 30, people can check out drones at the Keith B. Mather Library much like a library book. Drones will be available from 2 – 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays.

ACUASI has set up a drone racing course in the basement of the Mather Library, where UAF students, faculty or staff will be able to check out a “tiny whoop” drone to fly in the netted-off course.
Before checking out the drones, all participants must watch a short training video on drone operation and safety. After that, they can check the drones out with their UAF Polar Express card.

Anyone from across the university system is encouraged to participate.

For more information visit the ACUASI Facebook page at