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AMA/FAA sign memorandum of understanding | AMA Government Relations Blog

AMA/FAA sign memorandum of understanding | AMA Government Relations Blog | UAV | Scoop.it
AMA recognized as the focal point for aero-modeling
On Saturday, January 11th, the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) and the Federal Aviation Ad
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lyft.io – Transparency is key to domestic UAV success

Helping businesses interested in leveraging UAV technology to navigate both airspace and the policy landscape.
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Four arrested in Beijing after UAV causes flight delays | sUAS News

Four arrested in Beijing after UAV causes flight delays | sUAS News | UAV | Scoop.it
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US and China authorities can agree on at least one thing -- airspace restrictions for small UAVs.

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Drone Survival Guide

Drone Survival Guide | UAV | Scoop.it
Drone Survival Guide
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Wish we had thought of this! Oh, well. We'll just have to console ourselves with building a system that lets the public opt-out of -- or into -- data gathering.

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2013 State Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Legislation

2013 State Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Legislation | UAV | Scoop.it
Read this page to learn about the latest state legislative action on drones.
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Get to know your local laws before flying.

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Drone Uses a Smartphone to Find Its Way | MIT Technology Review

Drone Uses a Smartphone to Find Its Way | MIT Technology Review | UAV | Scoop.it
Researchers believe an Android smartphone is the key to creating a low-cost, autonomous drone.
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We think they're on to something

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Thailand Protests December 1,2 2013

Thailand Protests December 1,2 2013 | UAV | Scoop.it
Spend $300 at your local big box electronics store, and you could build yourself a tool for social change — or at least voyeurism. Protestors and lookie-loos the world over are beginning to realize...
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UAV video joins Twitter in the citizen media arsenal.

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UPS researching delivery drones that could compete with Amazon's Prime Air

UPS researching delivery drones that could compete with Amazon's Prime Air | UAV | Scoop.it
Amazon made headlines Sunday night when it announced it was working on small drones that could someday deliver customers packages in half an hour or less. But the e-commerce giant isn’t the only...
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UPS and FedEx join Amazon in drone delivery conversation.

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What Does the FAA Roadmap for UAS Mean?

What Does the FAA Roadmap for UAS Mean? | UAV | Scoop.it
How surveyors can use the outline to prepare for unmanned aircraft systems.
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Countdown to 2015 for commercial sUAS interests.

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What Makes the Quadcopter Design So Great for Small UAS? | UAS VISION

What Makes the Quadcopter Design So Great for Small UAS? | UAS VISION | UAV | Scoop.it
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Excellent article on the pros and cons of quadcopters/multirotors vs. traditional helicopters

 In essence: Less stable + less efficient = less expensive
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DoD’s Systems Control Services (UAS) developing standards, common control systems for UAVs | Government Security News

DoD’s Systems Control Services (UAS) developing standards, common control systems for UAVs | Government Security News | UAV | Scoop.it
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Will this trickle down to the sUAS market?

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FAA picks UAV test sites -- FCW

FAA picks UAV test sites -- FCW | UAV | Scoop.it
The winners are in Alaska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Texas and Virginia.
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No love for the midwest from the FAA. That's OK. Folks working on line-of-sight can work without oversight.

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Google chief warns armed drones will soon be in the hands of terrorists and miniature models could be used to spy on neighbors

Google chief warns armed drones will soon be in the hands of terrorists and miniature models could be used to spy on neighbors | UAV | Scoop.it

[13 Apr 2013]

The head of Google has warned drone technology proves a serious danger to global security and privacy unless an international treaty is put into place controlling the technology fast.

Eric Schmidt today said that the technology for armed unmanned planes will soon pass into the hands of terrorists posing huge security concerns across the globe. 

He also said that ever expanding drone technology is making smaller and cheaper models, including nano-drones, which could be used by nosy neighbors spying on each other in a dispute. 


Via ddrrnt
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Would you rather be spied on by your neighbor, or a multibillion dollar corporation?

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Flight club: how drones can save lives and deliver our mail

Flight club: how drones can save lives and deliver our mail | UAV | Scoop.it
How close are we to a future where they skies are filled with drones? TechRadar investigates...
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Why throw cold water on the visionary flame? We prefer gasoline!

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Commercial drones coming soon to select cities

The Dayton, Ohio region is competing with two dozen areas around the country to become a federal testing range for commercial drones.
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Too bad the EAA didn't see fit to join in the fray.

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Northrop Grumman Wants to Sell Unmanned Drones to Farmers? - Motley Fool

Northrop Grumman Wants to Sell Unmanned Drones to Farmers? - Motley Fool | UAV | Scoop.it
Northrop Grumman Wants to Sell Unmanned Drones to Farmers?
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Thanks to the continuation of sequestration, defense companies such as Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC ) , are feeling the impact of defense budget cuts.
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What would precision applied fertilizer and pest deterrent mean for crop yields?

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Instruct the FAA to allow commercial operation of small UAS outside of populated areas. | We the People: Your Voice in Our Government

Instruct the FAA to allow commercial operation of small UAS outside of populated areas. | We the People: Your Voice in Our Government | UAV | Scoop.it
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Self-regualtion seems unlikely to help the public feel protected, but perhaps an advisory committee that works closely with the FAA would be useful?

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The hurdles facing Amazon's Delivery Drones

The hurdles facing Amazon's Delivery Drones | UAV | Scoop.it

Via ddrrnt
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Where some see hurdles facing Bezos' drone dreams, we see opportunities

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ddrrnt's curator insight, December 3, 2013 12:06 AM

This +DNews presentation sums up some of the concerns that may halt Jeff Bezo's vision of delivery drones from taking the skies by Sept. 2015 (the FAA's deadline to issue commercial drone regulations):

- High-crash rates and poor maneuvering
- Criminal issues such as drone hacking and theft 
- Public fears and privacy worries