In order to purchase any drone or drone components at Texas Tech University you must first receive approval from the Department of Environmental Health & Safety for the purchase. Employees wishing to purchase a drone can request approval by submitting the Drone Notification Form to EHS. If engaging in Department of Defense contract research, be aware of the recent prohibition of procurement of foriegn-made drone systems DARS: 2020-O0015.
After approval is obtained:
- The user must register the aircraft with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) if it weighs more than 0.55 lbs. (250 grams) and less than 55 lbs. (25 kg) and obtain a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) or a Remote Pilot Certificate from the FAA.
- The user must obtain a certificate of insurance with a $1,000,000 liability limit and provide that to the Office of Risk Management.
- In order to fly the drone on or over University Property the user must receive written approval from the Texas Tech Police Department.