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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A Swiss drone maker has moved its North American headquarters out of Washington, D.C., where security restrictions on flying drones have cramped the company’s growth.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported senseFly has moved to Fuquay-Varina, near Raleigh.

The company has 15 employees and is looking for more. Company officials said they chose the area because of access to students from North Carolina State University, Duke University and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.

Company spokeswoman Jessica Sader said Washington was a place to launch the company as the Federal Aviation Administration worked on drone rules, but now it’s time to be in a location where they can launch their products for their customers.


Information from: The News & Observer,