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Unmanned Flight: The Drones Come Home

Unmanned Flight: The Drones Come Home | #DroneWatch | Scoop.it
Unmanned aircraft have proved their prowess against al Qaeda. Now they're poised to take off on the home front. Possible missions: patrolling borders, tracking perps, dusting crops. And maybe watching us all?
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The more positive side of drones

The more positive side of drones | #DroneWatch | Scoop.it
At a time when there is so much polemic surrounding the use of drones, Luis Carrillo, CEO of Singular Aircraft, discusses beneficial uses that range from fire-fighting to cargo transportation
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Dumb and dumber: A secret CIA drone base

Dumb and dumber: A secret CIA drone base | #DroneWatch | Scoop.it
Repeated invasions, occupations and drone wars have played a major role in the unravelling of the Greater Middle East.
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Domestic-Drone Industry Prepares for Big Battle With Regulators

Domestic-Drone Industry Prepares for Big Battle With Regulators | #DroneWatch | Scoop.it
The domestic drone industry is getting ready to press the Federal Aviation Administration -- and Congress -- to relax restrictions on unmanned planes, an existential fight to prevent a drone boom from getting preempted by red tape.
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EPIC - EPIC Petitions FAA on Drone Privacy, Agency Responds

In response to an extensive petition submitted by EPIC, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced it will begin a public rulemaking on the privacy impact of aerial drones.
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VFW slams Pentagon's drone medal, complains it would outrank Purple Heart

VFW slams Pentagon's drone medal, complains it would outrank Purple Heart | #DroneWatch | Scoop.it
America’s largest combat veterans group is worried the creation of a new medal for drone strikes and cyber-warfare could bestow higher honor on those using a joystick to kill terrorists than soldiers wounded on the battlefield.
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Pentagon unveils new ‘Distinguished Warfare Medal’ for drone operators

Pentagon unveils new ‘Distinguished Warfare Medal’ for drone operators | #DroneWatch | Scoop.it
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2012 FAA List of Drone License Applicants

2012 FAA List of Drone License Applicants | #DroneWatch | Scoop.it
#PennState in State College is on the list of new domestic #drone sites! 81 public entities have applied to FAA http://t.co/N9mqc51k
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Robert Greenwald and Ed Schultz discuss U.S. Drone Policy on The Ed Show

Robert Greenwald and Ed Schultz discuss the U.S.'s use of Drones in Pakistan and Robert's findings from his recent trip to Pakistan. They discuss the repercu...
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British Armed Forces Use Smallest, Most Adorable Drones of All

British Armed Forces Use Smallest, Most Adorable Drones of All | #DroneWatch | Scoop.it
Something that's called The Black Hornet Nano Unmanned Air Vehicle sounds like it would be terrifying, but measuring in at about four inches long and weighing a scant 16 grams, it borders on being downright cute.
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NOVA | New Ways to Use Drones

NOVA | New Ways to Use Drones | #DroneWatch | Scoop.it

Here is one sign of the huge potential of drones: The University of North Dakota recently began offering an undergraduate major in unmanned aircraft systems operations.

 

For now, most graduates end up in jobs that support the military, but program head Ben Trapnell predicts that civilian uses will eventually far outpace those for defense.

 

An unmanned plane could fly over a field and send back pictures to show where pests are located or where crops need irrigation.

 

"Some of the big things [are] agricultural uses," said Trapnell. "We can get imagery to farmers a lot faster than having to wait for satellites to do the same thing." For instance, an unmanned plane could fly over a field and send back pictures to show where pests are located or where crops need irrigation.

 

Trapnell also foresees medical applications. "There's the possibility of flying organs from one place to another to get them there faster for transplants," he said. Drones may also be used to parachute medical supplies in remote locations, where planes can't land.

 

Utility companies could benefit from drones. Trapnell predicts they will one day patrol pipelines and power lines to monitor for problems. Small helicopter drones may fly close to wind turbines to make video inspections.

 


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ARGUS Featured on PBS Nova

A PBS' "Nova" program on January 23, entitled "Rise of the Drones," featured Dr. John Antoniades, technical group director for ISR Exploitation Technologies ...
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Spy drone small enough to fit in your hand - Robot Dragonfly

Spy drone small enough to fit in your hand - Robot Dragonfly | #DroneWatch | Scoop.it
Palm-sized robot that flies like a bird and hovers like an insect; Designed for aerial photography, advanced gaming, R&D and security.
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John Brennan Doesn't Rule Out Targeting Americans for Assassination in United States

John Brennan Doesn't Rule Out Targeting Americans for Assassination in United States | #DroneWatch | Scoop.it

John Brennan, President Barack Obama's nominee to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency, didn't rule out the use of unmanned drones in the U.S. when quizzed about the matter.

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Justice Department memo reveals legal case for drone strikes on Americans

Justice Department memo reveals legal case for drone strikes on Americans | #DroneWatch | Scoop.it
A confidential Justice Department memo concludes that the U.S.
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Legalizing Drone Strikes, Courts Give Facade Of Humane Policy

Legalizing Drone Strikes, Courts Give Facade Of Humane Policy | #DroneWatch | Scoop.it
As Congress returns from its winter recess, protesters aligned with the Occupy Wall Street movement demonstrate on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Ja, Activists, Church, CIA, Congress, Drone, Drone Strikes, Drones, FBI, Guantanamo, Guantanamo...
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Who is allowed to fly a drone? That depends

Who is allowed to fly a drone? That depends | #DroneWatch | Scoop.it
A law passed last year by President Barack Obama gave U.S. regulators until September 2015 to cobble together rules to oversee unmanned flight.

 

The FAA estimates that by 2020, there will be 30,000 drones in the skies above the U.S. Current laws do not address the privacy concerns hanging over an industry that has produced some drones the size of commercial jets, and others smaller than a sparrow.

 

“It’s a crazy, daunting task, trying to write sweeping legislation for a new technology,” said Wells Bennett, a visiting fellow in national security at the Brookings Institution who has studied civilian drones. “You need both people who are steeped in cutting-edged technology at the same time as understanding the arcane regulatory regime.”

 

Bennett said many federal and state agencies ranging from the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice to NASA are contributing to the FAA’s efforts.

 

A spokeswoman for the FAA, Alison Duquette, said that out of the agency’s total workforce of 49,031, 39 federal employees are currently working on the integration.

 

The application for a Certificate of Authorization (COA) permitting operation of a drone is about 22 pages. Duquette told the Star the information sought in the application “will enable us make an informed decision on whether to approve the COA application.”

 

But who should be allowed to operate a drone?

 

It will depend on the type of aircraft and the purpose, Duquette said. In some cases, such as recreational models, no authorization will be required, she said.

 

“In other cases, the pilots, observers and other personnel may require training and/or certification.”

 

Currently, the FAA allows some law enforcement and government agencies to obtain two-year certificates to operate drones. Corporations aren’t allowed to fly drones at all until the new FAA rules are introduced. Model airplane enthusiasts don’t face such restrictions, as long as they maintain sight of their toys and don’t let them fly higher than 150 metres.


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Obama DOJ again refuses to tell a court whether CIA drone program even exists

Obama DOJ again refuses to tell a court whether CIA drone program even exists | #DroneWatch | Scoop.it
Glenn Greenwald: As the nation spent the week debating the CIA assassination program, Obama lawyers exploit secrecy to shield it from all review
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FAA Moves Toward Creating 6 Drone Test Sites in US

FAA Moves Toward Creating 6 Drone Test Sites in US | #DroneWatch | Scoop.it
In a major step toward opening U.S. skies to thousands of unmanned drones, federal officials Thursday solicited proposals to create six drone test sites around the country.
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More U.S. Universities and Police Departments Requesting Permission To Fly Drones

More U.S. Universities and Police Departments Requesting Permission To Fly Drones | #DroneWatch | Scoop.it
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as drones, may be coming to a police department near you.
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Police departments in the US have applied for the use of UAVs for law enforcement such as surveillance and crowd control. However, some states have ban the use of drones by police citing concerns for public safety and privacy. 

 

Universities are also requesting to fly UAVs for academic purposes and research. Will Griffith University also use UAVs in the near future?

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Newspapers accused of ‘shameful’ complicity for hiding existence of secret U.S. drone base | The Raw Story

Newspapers accused of ‘shameful’ complicity for hiding existence of secret U.S. drone base | The Raw Story | #DroneWatch | Scoop.it
RT @AbbyMartin: Corporate media didn't publish about US' secret #drone base in Saudi Arabia bc of fear of violating "national security" http://t.co/zqJFhZjB
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Drone strike decisions don’t come lightly, says Panetta

Drone strike decisions don’t come lightly, says Panetta | #DroneWatch | Scoop.it
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says decisions to strike potential terrorist targets with unmanned drones don't come lightly.
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First Successful Perching on a Human Hand by a Robotic Bird Airplane (MAV/ UAV)

Micro-sized flying vehicles have all sorts of potential uses from surveillance to communications and, frankly, pure fun, but few of them demonstrate the smarts of a new ornithopter robot from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The flapping bird-like aircraft copies many aerodynamic tricks from real bird flight, and is actually capable of the complicated bunt/braking maneuver birds use when coming to land on a perch. In this case, the bot is shown landing on a human's hand--but in terms of surveillance, it's easy to see a bot like this swooping in on a target's window frame to listen in to what's said inside a room. - via FastCompany

 


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Police Drone Crashes into Police

Police Drone Crashes into Police | #DroneWatch | Scoop.it
The Montgomery County (Texas) Sheriff's Office had a big day planned. After becoming the first department in the country with its own aerial drone ($300,000!), they were ready for a nice photo op.
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Lehmann GoPro Unmanned Aerial Vehicle | Uncrate

Lehmann GoPro Unmanned Aerial Vehicle | Uncrate | #DroneWatch | Scoop.it
Sure, you can get some cool footage from remote-controlled planes and helicopters — but you have to know how to fly the damn things first....
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