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An undergrad, a drone and a dream: New FAA rules have a UNLV student smelling opportunity

on January 16, 2014

Gigaom

Some people are just born to build stuff.

In his sixth-grade yearbook, Greg Friesmuth answered the question of what he wanted to be when he grew up by saying he wanted to build robots for the military. For Christmas that year, he got a couple Lego Mindstorms robot kits, which he combined into one and used to make his own creations.

Lately, though, Friesmuth has transferred that energy to drones. A couple years ago, he built one in his garage with a couple hundred dollars in mail-order parts. Last year, he built another, bigger one as part of a capstone project at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Today, that project has evolved into a working prototype of a industrial-grade quadcopter — and Friesmuth is trying make drones his career. Working out of a lab in the engineering building at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, he has created a company…

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