Tag Archives: drones

Report: Proposed NDAA to Reinstate FAA Drone Registration Rule

The fiscal 2018 National Defense Authorization Act includes a provision that would restore Federal Aviation Administration rules on the registration of small, model-aircraft-sized drones, FCW reported Friday. FAA previously implemented an online registration requirement for commercial and recreational drone operators who use unmanned aircraft systems that weigh less than 55 pounds and …

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Army Searches for Drone Technology at SOCOM ThunderDrone Event

The U.S. Army and other military branches have scouted for drone and autonomous technology at the U.S. Special Operations Command‘s event which exhibited prototypes and demonstrations of drone, robotics and artificial intelligence technology. The Army said Thursday the ThunderDrone event began September at the SOCOM SOFWERX facility in Ybor City, Florida. Experts from …

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FAA’s New Committee to Establish Standards for UAV Tracking

The Federal Aviation Administration will establish a new aviation rule-making committee tasked to develop standards on how to identify and track unmanned aerial vehicles. FAA said Wednesday that panel will consist of stakeholders from the aviation community, unmanned aircraft industry, industry member organization, researchers and standards groups. The committee will help …

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NASA Publishes Updated Catalog of Free Software Products

NASA has published the third edition of a catalog that lists free software products designed for various technical applications. The agency said Wednesday the 2017-2018 software catalog includes contributions from NASA centers on data processing and storage, business systems, operations, propulsion and aeronautics. Some software products include codes for drones and …

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Air Force Eyes AI, Autonomy Tech for Future Drone Swarm Management

The U.S. Air Force seeks technologies that could help a single operator manage a swarm of small unmanned aerial systems, Defense News reported Tuesday. Col. Brandon Baker, chief of the Air Force’s remotely piloted aircraft capabilities division, told attendees of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International conference that artificial intelligence and …

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Lt. Gen. Robert Walsh: Marine Corps Wants Wider Robotic Applications

Lt. Gen. Robert Walsh, deputy commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, sees unmanned systems as tools to help the military branch surpass its enemies in terms of force size, Breaking Defense reported Tuesday. Sydney Freedberg Jr. writes Walsh has solicited industry input for amphibious systems meant for deployment in the front line …

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WSJ: FAA Gives First-Ever Nighttime Drone Operation Approval to Industrial Skyworks

The Federal Aviation Administration has given its first-ever approval for nighttime small commercial drone operations to Industrial Skyworks for inspections of buildings and roofs in order to detect potential structural issues, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. Andy Pasztor writes the FAA handed down its decision weeks before industry observers expect the agency to issue …

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LA Times: Air Force Unveils $3B Drone Program Expansion Proposal

The U.S. Air Force looks to buy an additional 75 drones and add up to nine flying squadrons over the next five years under its proposed $3-billion unmanned aircraft program expansion, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday. W.J. Hennigan writes the plan is still to subject to approval by Congress and also calls for the hiring of …

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