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REMINDER: Renew your Drone Registrations

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a reminder this week for all those whose drone registrations expire next month. If an individual or business registered a drone directly with the FAA through its DroneZone, you should log into your account to renew your registration. If you registered using a third-party service, you should contact that … Continue Reading

Fresh Produce Delivered Right to Your Door…By Drone

While drone deliveries have been tested for medical supplies, e-commerce/package delivery, and even pizza right from the oven, there are other, seemingly endless possibilities for delivery by drone. Recently, Reliable Robotics Corp. (Reliable Robotics) and Giumarra Companies (Giumarra), a distributor of fresh produce in California, joined forces to launch an automated flight test program to … Continue Reading

Guidance on Using Drones for Real Estate and Construction in Dense Cities: How Much Does the Public Value Privacy? (Part II)

As our previous post stated, the commercial use of drones, or small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS), for urban real estate and construction has gained some traction with the passage of the New York City Council’s bill requiring the Department of Buildings (DOB) to study the feasibility of using sUAS to inspect building facades. With this new bill, … Continue Reading

Singapore Company Introduces Drones to Urban Building Inspection

Singapore analytics and acoustic solutions company H3 Zoom.AI’s founder, Shaun Koo, began using drones for building inspection and facilities management after realizing that the city’s highly urban landscape was “overdue for digital technology disruption.” For example, traditional building facade inspection involves workers tethered to ropes or on gondola lifts, scaling high and/or remote areas to … Continue Reading

Guidance on Using Drones for Real Estate and Construction in Dense Cities: Getting Close – But Not Too Close (Part I)

The commercial use of drones, or small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS), for urban real estate and construction may finally be gaining traction. This month, the New York City Council passed a bill requiring the Department of Buildings (DOB) to study the feasibility of using sUAS to inspect building facades. Compliance with the city’s Facade Inspection … Continue Reading

Australian Defence to Use Swarms of Tiny Autonomous Underwater Vehicles, Highlighting a Global Trend

Last week, the Australian Department of Defence announced that it will begin research and development for the use of swarms of tiny autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) (i.e., underwater drones) to detect and clear naval mines. This research and development project will cost approximately $15 million and span over five years in partnership with Australia’s Trusted … Continue Reading

Northrop Grumman Enlists the Expertise of Start-Ups to Bring Autonomy to the Military

Northrop Grumman and hundreds of small technology defense firms are making new efforts to fast-track robotics and autonomous systems to war, by seeking new, non-traditional, start-up firms to explore unique new innovations. Hunter Hudson, Director for Northrop Grumman said, “We are working on autonomy, sense and avoid technology and robust navigation in a GPS-denied environment.” The company … Continue Reading

DJI Responds to Recent Cybersecurity Report on App Vulnerabilities

This week, China-based DJI, the drone industry’s leading manufacturer of drones, issued a public statement regarding the recent reports released by cybersecurity researchers (neither Synacktiv nor GRIMM) about the security of its drones’ control app. In two reports, the researchers claimed that an app on Google’s Android operating system that powers DJI drones collects large … Continue Reading

FAA Waivers Can Help During COVID-19 Pandemic

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has been granting drone flight waivers for certain restricted flights to help during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the FAA says that it is unlikely the waivers will extend beyond current stay-at-home restrictions. Thus far, the FAA has been granting waivers for companies using drones to deliver food and supplies in … Continue Reading

Reinventing Supply Chains to Reach Patients in Remote Areas

Greater access to medicines and other health commodities (as well as timely delivery of test results) in remote areas could improve health outcomes and potentially save lives. To broaden this access, the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project, with the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) funding, launched … Continue Reading

Balancing New Technology and Privacy When Using Drones in Land Use and Construction

The mixture of sheltering-in-place, warm weather, and increasing drone usage creates a combustible situation – literally. Drone shootings are on the rise as property owners seek to combat perceived trespass, nuisance and invasions of privacy. These were some of the legal issues discussed during a webinar presented by the American Bar Association’s Section on Real Property Trusts and Estates … Continue Reading

U.S. Navy Deploys Counter-UAS Laser

The U.S. Navy installed its first Optical Dazzling Interdictor, Navy (ODIN), which, more simply put, is a laser weapon designed to counter unmanned aerial systems (UAS). Unlike hard-kill laser systems already used by the Navy on its vessels, ODIN uses a dazzling laser to confuse systems sensors and cameras, or in manned systems, potentially cause … Continue Reading

Package Delivery by Drone, Awaiting Final Federal Rules

Drone package delivery is a reality, albeit only in a few limited markets. However, once regulations permit, many companies are ready and awaiting large-scale operations. From medical prescriptions to fast food delivery, 2020 will likely see more and more delivery by drone, but it will take federal promulgation of final rules before the industry can … Continue Reading

AUVSI Comments on FAA’s Proposed Remote Identification UAS Rule

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) released its comments on the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) proposed Remote Identification Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Rule, emphasizing the importance of remote ID for expanded UAS operations, and also encouraging the FAA to explore ways to incentivize early, voluntary compliance with remote ID prior to the implementation … Continue Reading

Antwork Uses Drones in China to Assist in Transport During Coronavirus Outbreak

Last week, a medical delivery drone flying from the People’s Hospital of Xinchang County to the disease control center there successfully completed the air transport of needed medical quarantine supplies and patient samples in the coronavirus outbreak. This is the first launch of Antwork’s “urban air transportation channel” to help fight the coronavirus outbreak in … Continue Reading

U.S. Interior Department Grounds DJI Mavic Pro Drone for Cybersecurity Reasons

Last week, the U.S. Interior Department (the Department) grounded its fleet of over 800 DJI Mavic Pro drones, citing potential cybersecurity risks and the desire to support U.S. drone production. This suggests that the Department is at least in part concerned with the manufacture of the DJI drones in China. While Interior Secretary David Bernhardt … Continue Reading

Proposed Safety Standards for Drone Package Delivery

This week, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued proposed safety standards for specific drones for package deliveries. This is a big step toward allowing routine package delivery by drones. This proposal marks the first time the FAA has presented a formal policy that addresses certain safety and airworthiness requirements for drones making package deliveries. The … Continue Reading

Super Bowl LIV—No Drone Zone

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), along with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, is informing drone operators of the restrictions on drone flights before, during and after Super Bowl LIV on Sunday, February 2 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. The FAA expects more than 2,500 additional take-offs and landings and almost … Continue Reading

GAO Says FAA Could Leverage Drone Test Site Data for More Effective Integration

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) wrote in a report published last week that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has facilitated approximately 15,000 drone research flights since 2015, but that the FAA could make better use of the data it collects from these drone test flights. Since 2015, both public and private entities have used … Continue Reading

FAA’s Proposed Rule for Drone Remote Identification

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released its unmanned aircraft system (UAS or drone) remote identification Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (Proposed Rule) on December 31, 2019. This is a huge step toward the integration of drones into the national airspace and an effective unmanned traffic management system. There is a 60-day public comment period; if you … Continue Reading

FAA Announces Details about the Recreational Drone Flyer Test

This week, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced more details about its new recreational drone flyer test, which will be an opportunity to educate recreational flyers about the rules of flying a drone in national airspace. An FAA law passed in 2018 requires recreational drone flyers to pass an online aeronautical knowledge and safety test, … Continue Reading
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