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.
More than 750,000 small drone owners registered after the FAA in rushed circumstances created an on-line system in December 2015.
While most of the excitement has centered on small drones, communications and detect-and-avoid standards for large drones are advancing.
U.S.-based Airbus Aerial will provide imagery services to customers using both drones and satellites.
Proposal allows EASA Member States to define zones in their territory where either drone operations are prohibited or restricted.
Given current trends, “It’s highly likely your organization will get involved with UAVs in the next decade."
Designed for close-range intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, the Snipe is worn on the operator's clothing and launched by hand.
What the FAA wants is direction from state and local governments about what authorities they would like to control small drone operations.
FAA executives described a multi-pronged federal campaign to control and counter small drones at a meeting of the Drone Advisory Committee.
The study by the FAA's ASSURE center of excellence suggests the potential of serious injury is less than for firmer objects of similar mass.
After a competitive selection process, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security chose Mississippi for a program orginally started in Oklahoma.