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Xcel Energy Drones

The Hermes 450 has a cruising speed of 100 knots, and because it flies at higher altitudes, it is less intrusive to use in populated areas

Drone Opportunities Soar

Xcel Energy’s use of unmanned aircraft systems demonstrates a potential to change operations that will enhance safety and improve restoration times.

In recent years, North Dakota, U.S., has witnessed a boom and bust in oil production. The landscape is now dotted with idle drilling rigs waiting for an uptick in oil prices to begin working again. While the future of oil is uncertain, another industry in North Dakota is increasingly bringing economic development and national recognition to the state. A New York Times headline recently dubbed North Dakota the “Silicon Valley of Drones,” because it is home to an impressive effort

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