Tag Archives: unmanned aircraft system

NIST Seeks First Responder UAS Tech via Prize Competition; Dereck Orr Quoted

Dereck Orr

The National Institute of Standard and Technology (NIST) has introduced a three-stage prize competition that seeks to explore unmanned aircraft system technologies for potential use by first responders when they conduct search and rescue operations. "These prize competitions are a way for us to find solvers from around the world to help us with this important research," said Dereck Orr, chief of NIST's public safety communications research division.

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Federal Agencies Launch Efforts to Address National Security, Public Safety Risks of Drones

Drones

Federal agencies are initiating measures to address the potential risk posed by unmanned aircraft systems to national security and public safety amid an increasing number of drones flying near airports and other critical infrastructure. “Remote identification will help law enforcement determine if a drone poses an actual threat that needs to be mitigated,” a spokeswoman for FAA said in a statement.

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Maj. Gen. Sean Gainey: JCO to Downselect Interceptor After Counter-Small UAS Tech Demo

Maj. Gen. Sean Gainey

Maj. Gen. Sean Gainey, director of the U.S. Army’s Joint Counter-Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Office (JCO), said the service’s Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office and the U.S. Air Force will host a demonstration of counter-sUAS platforms in April at Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona and JCO will downselect a low-collateral effects interceptor that could be purchased by all services through a contract. 

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FAA Needs Personnel to Facilitate Recreational Drone Safety Tests

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) seeks test administrators for a new program that aims to test the safety of recreational drones. FAA said Monday that it has opened applications for third-party entities that would administer and facilitate The Recreational UAS Safety Test (TRUST). Parties interested to serve as test administrators may submit applications through March 31st. 

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DHS S&T Launches Collaborative Effort to Support Aerial Border Security; Teddy Damour Quoted

DHS Science

The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T) has commenced an effort to demonstrate its aerial surveillance technologies in support of security at the U.S.-Canada border. The Congress-supported effort will make use of small unmanned aircraft systems and other types of drones to simulate air domain threats.

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GAO: FAA Should Provide Stakeholders With More Info on Drone Traffic Mgmt System Implementation

Drone Traffic Management

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recommended that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) provide public and industry stakeholders in the unmanned aircraft systems market with additional data about its efforts to help the latter better align their activities with FAA plans for implementing a drone traffic management system. FAA is working with NASA and other stakeholders to advance UTM development. 

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Pentagon Lays Out Framework for Addressing Small UAS With New Strategy

Drone Traffic Management

The Department of Defense (DoD) has released a new strategy to establish a framework for addressing and countering small unmanned aircraft systems. The DOD Counter-sUAS Strategy calls for department stakeholders to work together to meet three strategic objectives and one of those is the need to improve the Joint Force through collaboration and innovation to protect defense personnel, facilities and assets in the U.S., host countries and contingency locations.

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NASA, Swift Engineering Fly New Earth Observation UAS for Testing

HALE UAS

NASA's Ames Research Center partnered with Swift Engineering to test-fly a new solar-powered unmanned aircraft system designed for Earth observation and atmospheric research. The High-Altitude Long-Endurance (HALE UAS) flew for two hours to demonstrate low-altitude operations.

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