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‘The City-Scale Impacts of Drone Delivery’ Report

RAND Corporation’s, a research organization that develops solutions to public policy challenges, report, “What’s the Buzz? The City-Scale Impacts of Drone Delivery,” deals with city package deliveries using drones. The research used mathematical models to assess the impact of drone deliveries on energy consumption, infrastructure requirements, aerial congestion, privacy and noise. However, the research did … Continue Reading

The Benefits and Hurdles of Using Drones for Conservation Surveillance

Drone technology has a myriad of conservation and environmental-protection applications. Drones offer quick, easy and cost-effective aerial imaging as well as sensor and monitoring capabilities. Unlike traditional surveying techniques, drones do not require substantial manpower, and can overcome common access issues (e.g., impenetrable vegetation, boulders, crevasses). With these benefits, more and more drones are being … Continue Reading

Anti-Drone Technology—a Billion Dollar Business?

While unmanned aerial systems (UAS or drones) are banned from flying over military bases, there isn’t much legally that the military can do to stop a drone intruder. However, if they were given the authority to stop these intruders, surely the market for anti-drone technology and tools would explode. Market research firm, Frost & Sullivan, … Continue Reading

Drones Make Bridge Inspections Cheaper and Easier

The United States has a lot of bridges –more than 600,000 –many of which are in disrepair or reaching the end of their planned lives. According to the 2017 Infrastructure Report Card from the American Society of Civil Engineers, 9.1 percent of the bridges in the U.S. were structurally deficient in 2016, meaning that drivers … Continue Reading

How Do We Control the Crowded Skies?

While the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) completed some of testing and research of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) traffic management system as directed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), we still have a lot to learn before UAS can be safely and broadly integrated into our national airspace. To date, NASA maintains that the … Continue Reading

FAA Seeking to Quicken UAS Airspace Authorization Process

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently published notice in the Federal Register seeking permission to quicken authorizations for Part 107 unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operations in restricted areas. The FAA wishes to use the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) system for authorizations which would give the FAA the ability “to grant near-real time … Continue Reading

DOT Announces Drone Pilot Program to Encourage Local and National Collaboration

President Donald Trump has directed the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to launch an initiative which will safely test and validate advanced operations for drones in partnership with state and local governments in select jurisdictions. According to the DOT, the results of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program will be used to speed … Continue Reading

FAA Grants CNN Approval to Operate Drones Over People in the “Real World”

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted CNN approval to operate drones over people in real-world conditions, which means that for the first time, drones will be allowed to fly over wide ranges of urban and suburban environments. CNN requested a Part 107 waiver, which was granted by the FAA, which will allow it to … Continue Reading

Just How Small Does a Drone’s “Brain” Need to Be? The Push to Miniaturize a Drone’s Computer Chip

Imagine consumers (and businesses alike) buying a bottle cap-sized drone that they can integrate with their smart phone, fly from the palm of their hand and land it there again, all while instantaneously uploading video and photos captured by the drone onto their phone and sharing it with others. Current ‘mini-drone’ prototypes are certainly small … Continue Reading

Congress Approves FAA Extension to March 31, 2018

When we previously wrote about the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act, there was a deadline set at the end of September. Just before the deadline, Congress approved a six-month extension of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) taxes to give lawmakers more time to debate contentious, long-term airline policies. It is now set to expire on March … Continue Reading

BZZZ! Research on the Annoying Noise of UAS

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) released the results of a study that determined how annoying the ‘bzzz’ of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or drones) really is to the public on the ground below. NASA researchers compared the noise generated by drones to that of cars, and found that indeed, there was a greater … Continue Reading

Drone Use Prohibited at DOI Landmarks

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has prohibited drone flights at 10 Department of the Interior (DOI) landmarks across the country. Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) § 99.7 – “Special Security Instructions” is being used by the FAA to address concerns about drone use at the 10 sites. Staring on October … Continue Reading

City of Newton’s Drone Ordinance Overturned by Federal Judge

Last week, a federal judge in Massachusetts ruled that the City of Newton’s drone ordinance, which attempted to regulate drone flights in the airspace over Newton, Massachusetts could not be enforced by the municipality because it is pre-empted by federal law. In December of 2016, the city passed an ordinance that required drone operators to … Continue Reading

Advanced Weather Data: Vital for the Future of Commercial Drone Operations

Back in December 2016, Amazon executed its first customer delivery by drone in the United Kingdom. Now, as Amazon, and other large retailers, aim for widespread deployment of drones for the delivery of goods to consumers, it is increasingly clear that advanced weather data is vital for ensuring that these delivery drones can fly weather-sensitive … Continue Reading
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