Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
News and issues relating to civil and military unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) of all kinds and sizes, including those used for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), combat (unmanned combat air vehicles, or UCAVs), law enforcement, research and other applications. Of particular focus is the FAA's planned integration of UAS into the U.S. national airspace system.
The supplier of small unmanned aircraft systems to the U.S. military is developing new variants of its Switchblade expendable flying missile.
The FAA, cable network CNN, BNSF Railway and PrecisionHawk will investigate beyond line-of-sight and other drone operations.
The Commerce Department is expected to amend its regulations covering the export to foreign countries of small commercial unmanned aircraft.
The agency has asked standards organization ASTM to develop standards for beyond visual line-of-sight operations and flights over people.
The website Regulations.gov indicates that 4,499 responses were received for the small unmanned aircraft systems draft rulemaking
GAMA seeks lower maximum altitudes and other operational requirements for UAS.
The comment deadline for the FAA's small unmanned aircraft systems notice of proposed rulemaking arrived on April 24.
Possible roles for UAVs considered after current patrol and rescue efforts deemed inadequate.
The Northrop Grumman-built unmanned combat demonstrator will be retired now that it has completed its final test objective.
The U.S. Navy has restarted the development of a sense-and-avoid radar system for the MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft.