Taking (unmanned) flight: Longmont start-up wants to take the lead in drone technology

Remote data gathering is already happening, but Iron Ridge UAS thinks it’s built a better mousetrapIron Ridge UAS founder and chief operating officer Oliver Mazurkiewicz, left, and interim CEO Dan Ganousis pose with a prototype of their unmanned

Iron Ridge UAS founder and chief operating officer Oliver Mazurkiewicz, left, and interim CEO Dan Ganousis pose with a prototype of their unmanned aircraft. They hope to get approval from the city of Longmont to build the aircraft at Vance Brand Airport. (Lewis Geyer / Longmont Times-Call)

Unmanned Aerial Systems — sometimes called Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, but most commonly referred to as “drones” — often carry a negative connotation in people’s minds.

That’s why Longmont start-up company Iron Ridge UAS doesn’t like to use the word. It can convey images of Al-Qaeda operatives being taken out by our government, or worse yet, the government using them to spy on us.

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