Prof discouraged teen from building gun-firing drone
Hartford, Conn. — A university in Connecticut says one of its professors told a teenager it was a terrible idea when the student described rigging a drone with a handgun.
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating whether 18-year-old Austin Haughwout of Clinton violated its regulations after he posted online a video that shows shots being fired from a drone in a wooded area.
Central Connecticut State University spokesman Mark McLaughlin said Wednesday the student mentioned to an engineering professor this summer that he was planning to put a weapon on a remote-controlled aircraft.
McLaughlin says the professor, Edward Moore, strongly discouraged the student, and that the drone wasn’t related to a class project.
Haughwout’s father told WFSB-TV last week that his son created the drone with a CCSU professor.