05 Mar 2021

FAA Names Five Host Airports to Test Counter-Drone Tech

On Tuesday, the Federal Aviation Administration announced which airports it had selected to host assessments of new technology designed to reduce the risks posed by drones. Ultimately, the FAA wants to scrap previous harsh restrictions over commercial drones, including where they can fly over. These tests are a step in

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21 Jan 2021

Trump Takes Executive Action on Drones in Final White House Days

Just a few days before his departure, former President Donald Trump issued a slate of executive orders, including one that changes how the US can obtain drones. The executive order tells federal agencies that they may not procure unmanned aerial systems (UAS) from China, Russia, Iran, and other adversarial nations.

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29 Dec 2020

U.S. to allow small drones to fly over people and at night

On Monday, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) stated that small drones will soon be able to operate at night in the US and fly over people. This represents a significant step towards the current trend in automated commercial delivery services. The long awaited drone rules will also address security concerns

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14 Dec 2020

Intel Agencies Seek to Perfect Biometric Recognition from Drones

The intelligence community is seeking to add biometric identification technology to drones, however, it has faced difficulties when implementing facial recognition on the flying devices. Early experiments show that facial recognition technology’s reliability is highly dependent on lighting, camera position, and environmental factors. These elements are difficult to control at

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03 Nov 2020

Transportation Department Rolls Out New Program to Further Drive Drone Integration

The UAS Integration Pilot Program (IPP) was created through a presidential memorandum and began in October of 2017. The three-year program has now come to a close, however, the Transportation Department has now launched a new initiative to address the remaining challenges facing the implementation of unmanned aircraft systems operating

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21 Aug 2020

Small, DIU-Approved Drones to be Made Available for Agencies to Purchase

Federal agencies will soon be able to purchase small Defense innovation Unit-tested drones through the General Services Administration schedule. The products will come from five companies that have been in collaboration with the government to produce and design the drones. Companies including Vantage Robotics, Parrot, and Skydio will be available

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27 Jul 2020

DJI Drone App Riddled With Privacy Issues, Researchers Allege

According to researchers with Synacktiv, several privacy errors and vulnerabilities lie within the DJI GO 4 application, which is designed to act as a remote control app for the DJI drone models. According to researchers, the application opens users’ sensitive data and continues to run in the background after it’s

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08 Jul 2020

Researchers Use AI to Spot Drone Pilots

Researchers at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel have developed a system that locates the operators of a drone by analyzing how the vehicle moves through the air. This could provide law enforcement and military personnel with a solution in tracking malicious drone and preventing millions of dollars

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11 Jun 2020

DHS Wants to Know What the Public Thinks About Using Drones During Emergencies

As drones gain in popularity among law enforcement and first responders, the Homeland Security Department’s Science and Technology Directorate is interested in public opinion on the ethics and affectability of the technology. The drones currently are deployed in a range of emergency response capabilities, from monitoring wildfires, tracking protestors, and

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08 May 2020

Big Tech and Aviation Companies to Set Standards For New Drone-Tracking System

In December, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a proposed rule to establish a solidified system for identifying unnamed aerial vehicles called Remote ID. Recently, the agency has announced the vendors it has chosen to develop the standards and underlying technology for tracking drones. The proposal rule created framework for

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