Christina Cardoza

Sep 2, 2015 2:17:11 PM

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3D Robotics (3DR) wants to help accelerate the drone industry by putting drones in the hands of students. The company has announced a new academic program dubbed 3DU.

“The most exciting thing about the UAV industry is that no one knows exactly where the technology will take us. Its full potential is only beginning to be understood, and we at 3DR are thrilled to be at the forefront of this new era of innovation,” the company wrote on the 3DU website. “We created the 3DU program in recognition that the future of the UAV industry will emerge from the labs, classrooms and field sites across the globe.”

3DU will provide hardware discounts and sponsorships to students, clubs and schools on a case-by-case basis. Students and faculty will also be able to take advantage of academic discounts on 3DR’s Solo drone and accessories. According to the company, Solo is useful for education because it is easy to fly, comes with built-in safety features, and provides an open platform that enables hands-on development. 3DR also offers an open app development platform, DroneKit, which students can take advantage of to learn, experiment and create drone apps.

In addition, the company is partnering with other companies to bring more educational discounts to students interested in drones.

“Every day we’re discovering so many new users for drones popping up across so many new fields,” said Greg Crutsinger, director of the 3DU program, in a company statement. “We want to make sure the world knows education is being transformed from the sky down.”

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