20 Jul 2021

Researchers Create Drone Swarms That Can Detect Gas Leaks, Other Threats

New research has pointed towards the creation of the first autonomous small drone swarm capable of detecting gas leaks, chemical threats, and mapping without the aid of GPS systems. The research may be pertinent to the military, where there has been an increasing interest in small drones that are able

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02 Jul 2021

Saudi-led coalition says it intercepted Houthi drone from Yemen

A bomb-laden drone fired by Houthi rebels was intercepted by a Saudi-led coalition in yemen on Friday. This was the third attack within 48 hours. The drone was heading towards the southwest Khamis Mushait region and was shot down by the coalition’s air defence. The coalition released a statement that

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01 Jul 2021

FAA Moves to Further America’s Cellular-Connected Drone Operations

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently collaborated with Verizon-owned software company Skyward to experiment with and advance the use of cellular-connected drones to further technological advancements within the administration. The duo signed a three-year memorandum of agreement to pave a path toward more complex drone use. This usage includes developing

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09 Jun 2021

Navy Drone Refuels Fighter Jet, a Key Step Toward Adding UAVs to Carrier Wings

The Navy has announced that its MQ-25 T1 Stingray will endure tests on an aircraft carrier later this year ahead of the expected 2025 deployment. A test drone refueled a crewed fighter jet over Illinois on Friday, marking a key step in the military’s plans to incorporate unmanned aircraft into

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10 May 2021

The Pentagon Inches Toward Letting AI Control Weapons

The Pentagon has been conducting a series of experiments in which artificial intelligence is the main driving force behind weapons’ performance. Last August, the military conducted a test with drones and robots, deploying them over a vast expanse of land south of Seattle. The machines were tasked with finding terrorists

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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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