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Drone Piloted by Brainwaves Demonstrated in Portugal

February 26, 2015By

Technology that allows a drone to be piloted using a person’s brainwaves has been demonstrated in Portugal, reports BBC News. Drone specialist Tekever adapted existing electroencephalography (EEG) technology to enable a pilot on the ground to send instructions to the drone software, a technology it calls Brainflight. Tekever told BBC News that the technology could enable people with restricted movement to control a... read more

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FAA Proposes New Rules for Unmanned Aircraft Systems

February 17, 2015By
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  The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed a framework of regulations that would allow routine use of certain small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in today’s aviation system for commercial purposes. “We have tried to be flexible in writing these rules,” said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta in a statement. “We want to maintain today’s outstanding level of aviation safety without placing an... read more

Pirker Drone Case Reaches Settlement

January 30, 2015By

Aerial photographer Raphael Pirker has settled the civil penalty proceeding brought by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration in 2013 concerning his flight of a styrofoam Zephyr II model aircraft (or “drone”) at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville in October 2011. The $1,100 settlement  “does not constitute an admission of any of the allegations in the case or an admission of... read more

FAA Warns Super Bowl Fans: Leave Drone at Home

January 28, 2015By

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) declared today that Super Bowl XLIX will be a “No Drone Zone.” “Many familiar sounds are associated with the Super Bowl: Cheering fans. Referee whistles. The spectacular halftime show. Booming fireworks,” the FAA wrote. “But one sound you shouldn’t hear is the whirring of an unmanned aircraft overhead. The Super Bowl is strictly a ‘No Drone... read more

Drinking and Droning Has Consequences

January 28, 2015By
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Firmware Fixes Coming from Drone Maker
A government employee who crashed his friend's drone on the White House lawn was apparently drinking while droning. The employee, who works for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), was questioned Jan. 26 by the Secret Service as the operator of the drone involved in Monday’s incident at the White House. read more

Drone Demonstrated for Congressional Science Committee

January 26, 2015By

The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee held a hearing Jan. 21 on the integration of commercial unmanned aerial vehicles in United States airspace. Colin Guinn, senior vice president of sales for 3D Robotics, demonstrated the Parrot Bebop drone during his testimony. C-SPAN aired the event, as reported by the National Journal. Congress has tasked the Federal Aviation Administration with readying airspace for... read more

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CNN Signs UAV Research Agreement with the FAA

January 14, 2015By

CNN has entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRDA) with the Federal Aviation Administration to advance efforts to integrate unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) into newsgathering and reporting. The cooperation arrangement will integrate efforts from CNN’s existing research partnership with the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI). Coordination between and among CNN, GTRI and the FAA has already begun. The FAA will... read more

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Border Patrol via Drones Not Effective, IG Says

January 8, 2015By
The CBP's unmanned aerial program includes the Predator B aircraft, as well as ground control stations, pilots, sensor operators, video cameras, land and maritime radar, and communication equipment. (CBP Photo)

A new report by the Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General’s office finds that use of unmanned aerial drones to patrol the U.S./Mexico border is not effective. The Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Unmanned Aircraft System program has been in operation for eight years. Problems include a lack of performance measures and sky-high operational costs, according to the report, which was... read more

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