Tag Archives: drone

DOJ Issues Drone Usage Policy Guidance for US Law Enforcement

The Justice Department has released a set of policy guidelines on the use of unmanned aircraft systems to support U.S. law enforcement and national security activities in the federal, state and local levels. DOJ released the guidance Friday and said it supports similar initiatives of the Federal Aviation Administration and the “Promoting Economic Competitiveness While Safeguarding Privacy, …

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Airbus, Finmeccanica, Dassault to Conduct Two-Year Europe UAV Study

Airbus, Finmeccanica and Dassault Aviation will carry out a study on unmanned aerial vehicles for three countries in Europe that seek to build their own drones, Defense News reported Monday. The defense ministers of Italy, Germany and France inked an agreement to carry out the two-year definition study for the European Medium-Altitude, Long-Endurance UAV …

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Report: State, Local Officials Take Action to Control Low-Altitude Drone Flights

State and local authorities have passed laws to preemptively regulate drone flights as questions arise on the coverage of the Federal Aviation Administration‘s authority on U.S. airspace, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. Jack Nicas writes that the rising use of drones, particularly among private citizens, has caused privacy and safety concerns and raised discussion on policies for low-altitude …

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Reuters: FAA Plans to Test Beyond-Line-of-Sight UAS

The Federal Aviation Administration plans to test beyond-visual-line-of-sight unmanned aircraft systems in collaboration with service providers and UAS builders in an effort to expand drone applications, Reuters reported Friday. David Morgan writes the FAA’s partnership with industry is meant to develop commercial BVLOS drones for various uses such as package …

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John McCain Calls for Different Requirements to Move UCLASS Program Forward

Sen. John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has asked Defense Secretary Ashton Carter to prioritize the Unmanned Carrier Launched Surveillance and Strike program, Breaking Defense reported Tuesday. Colin Clark writes that the program has faced delays over concerns on the balance of requirements in weapons payload size, operational range …

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FAA Implements Interim Policy for Commercial Drone Flights

The Federal Aviation Administration is implementing a temporary policy for a streamlined authorization process on commercial drone flights among operators that were granted Section 333 exemptions to the agency’s overall flight ban. FAA said Tuesday the move is intended to “bridge the gap” between the original individual-flight authorization process and future policies …

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Reuters: FAA to Issue New Guides for Commercial Drone Flights

The Federal Aviation Administration could soon release new guidelines to streamline the authorization process and ease restrictions on the use of drones for commercial operations, Reuters reported Friday. David Morgan writes that sources pointed to the potential removal of the requirement for certification to fly drones and opportunities for companies to gain exemption from the ban …

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Marines Eye Micro-Drone, Gun-Carrying Robot for Surveillance Support

The U.S. Marine Corps is looking into unmanned systems with firepower and pocket-size surveillance functions as potential combat and surveillance support to ground troops, the Marine Corps Times reported Jan. 30. Joshua Stewart writes that the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory is particularly interested in QinetiQ‘s Modular Advanced Armed Robotic System and Prox Dynamics‘ PD-100 …

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