- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) - The University of South Dakota is taking to the air to capture video used in marketing the Vermillion campus.

The Volante (https://bit.ly/1ry4let ) reports USD bought its first unmanned aerial vehicle, or drone, and used the tiny craft during last week’s move-in day.

Communications director Tena Haraldson says it’s intended to capture outdoor campus shots but could also be used inside the DakotaDome.

The white drone cost $1,300, has four propellers, can fly at more than 30 mph and is equipped with a high-definition camera and technology to keep it steady.

Haraldson says Vermillion’s airport is not a controlled air space, so the drone won’t be a safety hazard to other aircraft.

The long-term legality of drones by public universities is still unclear.

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Drone flight: https://youtu.be/n_eFq-6zJ_8

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