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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01 May 2020

How the Justice Department is Permitted to Use Counter-Drone Technology

Last week, Attorney General William Barr released a publication designed to guide the Justice Department in their use of protective counter-drone actions taken against unmanned aircraft systems that could potentially threaten national security or its facilities. In 2018, Congress, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the Transportation Department drafted a 22-page

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13 Apr 2020

Drones Take Italians’ Temperature and Issue Fines

In the northern province of Bergamo, Italy, drones are being used to ensure lockdown orders are being adhered to. The drone fleet was commissioned by the government to combat the pandemic and can perform functions such as taking temperatures, fining violators, and enforcing regulations. The drones take an individual’s temperature

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20 Mar 2020

Special Delivery: DOJ Charges Two Men for Delivering Prison Contraband with Drones

Two New Jersey men were recently charged by the Justice Department for conspiring to use drones to smuggle contraband, including drugs and cell phones, into a federal prison. As of the Friday, when the incident was first announced, one of the men was still at large but later surrendered to

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05 Feb 2020

The Pentagon Is Spending Millions on Hunter Drones With Nets

The US Air Force’s Air Combat Command received permission to shoot down unmanned flying objects near its airbases after an incident in 2017 when an F-22 Raptor nearly collided with a cheap drone. The US Military acknowledged that shooting down drones over cities is not an ideal solution to a

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30 Jan 2020

US DOI halts operations for its entire drone fleet over Chinese cybersecurity concerns

The US Department of the Interior has announced that it has halted the operations of its entire drone fleet as a result of cybersecurity concerns. The department is currently investigating whether the drones manufactured by designated foreign-owned companies are a threat to national security. This implies that the machinery is

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