The US Federal Aviation Administration has released a list of all the organisations in the US that are allowed to fly drones. There are 61 of them, and while it includes the players you'd expect, there are also a lot of random ones that somehow made it.
The list has been made public as a result of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed in January. And it's not even the full rundown. Anything that flies above 400 feet (120m) must have a Certificate of Authorisation (COA) from the FAA. There are around 300 COAs currently active, though between 600-750 have been approved since 2006. Sure, you expect the Air Force to be flying drones, but what about Middle Tennessee State University? Or the City of Herington, Kan. See the full list and each group's COA status below.
U.S. Air Force - Active Arlington Police Department - Active U.S. Army - Active CAL FIRE (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection) - Expired City of Herington, Kansas - Active City of Houston, TX Police Department - Expired City of North Little Rock, AR Police Department - Active Cornell University - Expired DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) - Active DHS (Department of Homeland Security) / CBP (Customs and Border Protection) - Active DHS (Department of Homeland Security) / Science and Technology - Active DOE (Department of Energy) - Idaho National Laboratory - Active DOE (Department of Energy) - National Energy Technology Laboratory - Expired Department of Agriculture - US Forest Service - Disapproved Department of Agriculture - US Forest Service - Expired Department of Agriculture - Agricultural Research Service Disapproved Department of Agriculture - Agricultural Research Service Active Department of the Interior - National Business Center/Aviation Management Directorate (NBC/AMD) - Active DOJ (Department of Justice) - Queen Anne's County Office of the Sheriff - Expired Eastern Gateway Community College - Active FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) - Active Gadsden Police Department - Active Georgia Tech Police Department, Office of Emergency Preparedness - Disapproved Georgia Tech Research Institute - Active Hays County Emergency Service Office - Expired Kansas State University - Active Mesa County Sheriff's Office - Active Miami-Dade Police Department - Active Middle Tennessee State University - Active Mississippi Department of Marine Resources - Active Mississippi State University - Active Montgomery County Sheriff's Office - Expired NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) Active.S. Navy - Active New Mexico Tech - Active New Mexico State University Physical Sciences Laboratory (NMSU-PSL) - Active Nicholls State University - Expired NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) - Expired Ogden Police Department - Active Ohio University - Active Orange County Sheriff's Office - Active Otter Tail County - Disapproved Polk County Sheriff's Office - Active Seattle Police Department - Active Texas A&M University Corpus Christi - Active Texas A&M University - TEES (Texas Engineering Experiment Station) - Active Texas Department of Public Safety - Expired Texas State University - Active University of Alaska Fairbanks - Active University of Arizona - Expired University of Colorado - Active University of Connecticut - Active University of Florida - Active University of Michigan - Expired University of North Dakota - Active University of Wisconsin Expired USMC (United States Marine Corps) - Active Utah State University - Active Virginia Commonwealth University - Expired Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University - Active Washington State Department of Transportation - Expired