New Mexico Tech Drone Documents

Drone Watch filed this request with the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology of New Mexico.
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From: Drone Watch

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act, I hereby request the following documents:

1. any requests for proposals, proposals submitted by vendors, contracts, budgets or cost allocations for the purchase, research of and/or use of aerial drones, UAs, UAVs, and UASs (hereinafter “drones”);

2. any policies, guidelines, manuals and/or instructions on use of drones, including on the legal process required (such as a warrant or court order), if any, before operating a drone;

3. any departmental records concerning use of drones now or plans to use drones in the future including:

a. the types of investigations or instances in which this institution is using or plans to use drones, or how it plans to support, manage or oversee the usage of drones by another department or office;

b. policies, guidelines, manuals and/or instructions on storage requirements or procedures for video or static images obtained through use of drones, including retention times;

c. the altitude at which drones can or do fly;

d. drones’ ability to carry weapons.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 15 business days, as the statute requires.


Shawn Musgrave

From: Valles, Arleen

Mr. Musgrave:

I have received your request to inspect public records. I will contact
the appropriate departments for a response. I will contact you before

From: Valles, Arleen

We have gathered the information you have requested. There are a total
of 90 pages. They are available for your inspection in my office at no
cost. The documents can be scanned and emailed to you at a cost of $1
per page payable in advance. Payment can be mailed to me at the address
below. Checks should be made out to NM Tech. The file will be sent
upon receipt of payment. Please let me know if you'd like us to proceed
with the conversion of the documents to an electronic version. Thank


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