A drone crashed near Salisbury in May, following revelations about loose auditing
of their overseas use. With this coming after recent local anti-drone demonstrations and plans to arm domestic police drones
, here's a look at who has approval to fly unmanned aircraft in US airspace, as of spring 2012. View Map of Domestic Drone Authorizations in a larger map What the map shows
Earlier this year, after a Freedom of Information Act
lawsuit by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Federal Aviation Administration released a list of certifications for drone flights in the United States. The Maryland part of that list comprises two entities based within the state: The U.S. Department of the Navy, based in Bethesda
, and the Queen Anne's County
Office of the Sheriff.
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation