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Audit Set for November for FAA’s Drone Authorization Efforts

The Department of Transportation’s inspector general has announced that it will conduct an audit of the Federal Aviation Administration’s role in authorizing operations of small unmanned aircraft systems in  U.S. airspace.

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Sen. Mark Warner Introduces Minibus II Amendment to Boost UAS Funds

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., has introduced an amendment to increase funds for a spending package that would allot $6 million for unmanned aircraft system research. The amendment would boost the minibus II's UAS research funds under the fiscal 2019 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development section of the base bill from $3 million to $6 million, Warner's office said Tuesday. The minibus II is intended to support research efforts that would help the government safely integrate UAS into U.S. national airspace.

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NNSA Deploys Counter-UAS System at Los Alamos Facility

The National Nuclear Security Administration has collaborated with the Federal Aviation Administration to field a technology platform designed to counter unauthorized unmanned aircraft systems near the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. LLNL said Thursday it implemented a government-authorized system using legal authority under the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act to protect the …

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DOT Names 10 Participants for UAS Integration Pilot Program

The Transportation Department has chosen 10 state, local and tribal governments to participate in a program to accelerate the integration of unmanned aircraft systems into the national airspace. Participants will collaborate with the Federal Aviation Administration and multiple companies to collect UAS data in the next two and a half years as part …

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NASA, NIAS Test Unmanned Aircraft Traffic Management Tech

NASA and the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems have tested unmanned aircraft systems and airspace management technologies as part of efforts to integrate UAS into the U.S. national airspace system. NIAS said Monday the week-long demonstration occurred at a UAS test site at the Reno-Stead Airport in Nevada and involved UAS ground …

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Senior Researcher Craig Robin Talks Army Laser Weapon Devt Efforts

Craig Robin, senior research scientist for directed energy applications at the U.S. Army‘s Space and Missile Defense Command, has said that the command seeks ways to use high energy lasers to disrupt targets such as unmanned aircraft, rockets, artillery and mortar, C4ISRNET reported Monday. Robin told the publication that there is “an overall …

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Army, Marines Collaborate to Develop 3D-Printed Drone Tech

The U.S. Army and the U.S. Marine Corps have partnered to develop unmanned aircraft systems with the use of three-dimensional printing technology. Eric Spero of the Army Research Laboratory’s vehicle technology directorate leads a team pursuing the UAS development project at Fort Benning in Georgia, the service branch said Friday. ARL researchers and …

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Lawmakers Urge FAA to Address UAS Security Risks

House lawmakers have called on the Federal Aviation Administration to implement measures to help mitigate security risks from unmanned aircraft systems, FCW reported Wednesday. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Oregon) said at a Wednesday hearing of the House Transportation Committee’s aviation subcommittee that UAS platforms should be installed with remote detection and identification systems. Earl …

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