Domestic use of drones
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The Los Angeles Times reported last week that the FAA has issued 1,428 permits to domestic drone operators since 2007 and noted this was “far more than were previously known.” This new number points out again how difficult it is to answer the most common questions EFF gets from reporters about drones — just how many agencies have applied for drone licenses? How many licenses has the FAA issued since it started issuing licenses (which was earlier than 2007)? And how much has domestic drone use increased over the years? Unfortunately, the FAA has made it impossible to answer these questions. We’ve been tracking drone flights in the United States for several years now through our two Freedom of Information Act lawsuits against the Federal Aviation Administration, and we currently have more information on domestic drone flights than anyone other than the FAA.
first image 'joggobot' flying robotic running companion, developed by the exertion games lab ' joggobot ' is a flying drone robot, designed as a running companion to help joggers maintain a steady pace. the project is the work of exertion games lab at australia's RMIT university, in a research group led by director floyd mueller and visiting multimedia technology researcher eberhard gräther . equipped with a camera and tag tracer, the modified parrot AR quad-rotored drone tracks the jogger based on an orange-and-blue T-shirt marker. should it lose sight of the markings, it lands immediately. in 'companion' mode, the robot acts as a running partner, moving alongside the user's pace; in 'coach mode', it works as a pace-setter or moving target, flying ahead at a height of about one meter at a speed set by the runner via a custom smartphone app.
AP noted last year: Unmanned aircraft have proved their usefulness and reliability in the war zones of Afghanistan and Iraq. Now the pressure’s on to allow them in the skies over the United States.
Montgomery County (Texas) Sheriff Tommy Gage says his ShadowHawk won’t carry weapons, but the drone’s manufacturer, Vanguard Defense Industries, boasts that it’s strong enough to carry a shotgun or even a grenade launcher. (vanguarddefense.com) A county north of Houston made news in Europe at the end of October by taking delivery of a new “weaponizable” drone, a squat remote-controlled helicopter called a ShadowHawk that can fire Tasers or beanbags at people on the ground.
Reporting from Washington — Armed with a search warrant, Nelson County Sheriff Kelly Janke went looking for six missing cows on the Brossart family farm in the early evening of June 23. Three men brandishing rifles chased him off, he said. Janke knew the gunmen could be anywhere on the 3,000-acre spread in eastern North Dakota. Fearful of an armed standoff, he called in reinforcements from the state Highway Patrol, a regional SWAT team, a bomb squad, ambulances and deputy sheriffs from three other counties.
Published time: November 29, 2011 17:47 Edited time: November 29, 2011 21:47 Drones cleared for domestic use across US What do you know about drones?