GRAND FORKS, N.D. — The Federal Aviation Administration has granted North Dakota drone company iSight RPV Services permission to fly its aircraft at night.
The company received a waiver needed for nighttime flights on May 12, which allows iSight to operate drones at night for two years.
Drones outfitted with lights and special sensors, such as thermal cameras, can fly in the dark and capture data for a variety of purposes. iSight currently flies drones for agricultural, critical infrastructure, wildlife management, insurance and emergency services.
In addition to receiving its waiver, the company recently wrapped up a multi-state inspection project with partner SkySpecs, a drone solutions firm offering an automated inspection system tailored for wind turbines. Over the course of 30 days, the two businesses inspected 483 wind turbines for a total of 1,449 turbine blades, according to a news release.