Tag Archives: drone

Michael Huerta: FAA-Registered Drones Reach 180K

The Federal Aviation Administration has recorded nearly 180,000 unmanned aerial systems that registered with the agency since it launched the registration system in December, FCW reported Wednesday. Chase Gunter writes the FAA intends for the registration to help address issues around safety involving drones and passenger aircraft. “Simply put, registration …

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Timothy Bennett: DHS Eyes Drone Testing Program Consolidation

Timothy Bennett, a program manager at the Department of Homeland Security’s science and technology directorate, has said DHS plans to merge two testing initiatives for unmanned aerial systems in an effort to improve border protection, Inside Unmanned Systems reported. Dee Ann Divis writes Bennett said at a Center for Strategic and International Studies …

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Army Tests Gun-Based Platform Against 2 Enemy Drones

U.S. Army engineers have demonstrated a gun-based tool that works to counter threats from mortars, artillery, rockets and unmanned aerial systems, the Army website reported Monday. Researchers at the Army Research, Development and Engineering Center used the Extended Area Protection and Survivability platform to target two outlaw-class drones at approximately 1500 …

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CIA Vet Charles Allen: Drones to Replace Manned Reconnaissance Aircraft

CIA veteran Charles E. Allen has predicted unmanned aerial systems will soon replace manned aircraft to carry out reconnaissance operations in an interview with Breaking Defense published Tuesday. “I think we’ll move almost solely to unmanned reconnaissance, whether it’s long range in the class of Global Hawk or whether it deals with Predator A’s (or) Predator …

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MDA Eyes Laser-Armed Drones to Revive Airborne Laser Program

The Missile Defense Agency is planning to revive its airborne laser program using an unmanned aircraft armed with an electric-powered laser to counter ballistic missile threats, Breaking Defense reported Monday. Sydney Freedberg Jr. writes that the future program will seek to address the continued challenge of engaging the missile target in …

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