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Pentagon, DHS Launch Open Source UAV Project

ReaperThe Defense and Homeland Security departments have partnered with the private sector to develop open source software unmanned aerial vehicles, Defense News reported Dec. 23.

Michael Peck writes that the facility for the Open Unmanned Remote and Autonomous Vehicle Systems program located at Camp Shelby in Mississippi has a 100-mile restricted air space for flying the drones.

Participants of the program include the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, Defense Acquisition University, the Open Source Software Institute, state community colleges and other non-government entities.

In a statement, John Weathersby, OSSI executive director, said the project aims “to identify and document specific technical, economic and administrative benefits provided by open technology solutions.”

The consortium then intends to share the data with other stakeholders, including government agencies with unmanned vehicle programs, private companies and the open source development community, he added.

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