Drones on tour: Portland startup SkyWard teams with NASA to demonstrate value of aerial robots

SkyWard, a Portland, Ore., startup that makes software for running networks of drones, is teaming with NASA to conduct demonstrations of aerial robotics in the U.S., Canada and Europe — hoping to prove the value of the technology to a historically wary public.

The project, dubbed “Urban Skyways,” is being announced this morning. It comes at a key moment in the evolution of the drone industry, as the FAA studies ways to lift restrictions on commercial drones, integrating unmanned aerial vehicles into U.S. airspace.

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