What States and Localities Can Do About Drones

PRIVACY PROTECTION: BAN ON THE USE OF DRONES BY FEDERAL AND STATE AGENCIES Charlottesville, Va., passed a resolution that urged the state of Virginia to adopt a two-year moratorium on drones (which it did), urged both Virginia and the U.S. Congress to prohibit information obtained from the domestic use of drones from being introduced into…

U.S. Set to Deploy More Drones Along U.S. Borders, Despite Concerns about Effectiveness and Cost

VIDEO: U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials based at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, on the Gulf Coast of Texas, use unmanned aerial systems or “drones” to remotely patrol the U.S.-Mexico border. Video By Trahern Jones and Alex Lancial. CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Despite critical reports saying that the use of drones to patrol the…

Drone Manufacturers Whine That They Are Misunderstood

The AP published a story about how drone manufacturers are worried about the growing “privacy concerns” in the United States concerning the prospect of swarms of government, private, commercial, and hobbyist UAVs taking to the air once the U.S. Federal  Aviation Administration works out how to let them fly safely in U.S.  airspace. The agency…

Drone Development Has Exceeded The Pace Of The Law

Perhaps any technology born for war and covert surveillance was fated to struggle in its attempt to make a transition to domestic life. That is certainly the case for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or unmanned aerial systems (UAS), better known as “drones,” which are experiencing an arduous journey from foreign battlefields to the public airspace…

Aussie Authorities Slam Bushfire Drone Pilots

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority is warning anyone caught flying unapproved drones over fire affected areas in New South Wales could be fined. It says there have been two incidents in the last month of people operating drones over fires in Lithgow and the Blue Mountains. CASA says the drone flights are putting firefighting responses…

Predator Drone Maker and Pot Foe Throws Down for San Diego GOP

Uranium miner General Atomics, maker of deadly drones and other high-tech battle gear, joins the war for San Diego mayor U-T San Diego publisher Douglas Manchester, the well-heeled Republican hotel magnate and associate of the conservative Koch brothers, has just received some more big time conservative reinforcement in his mayoral proxy war with San Diego’s…

Nuclear UAV Drones Could Fly for Months at a Time

A General Atomics MQ-9 (aka Predator B, Reaper or Guardian) UAV drone’s flight duration could be increased from days to months with the addition of a nuclear power source according to military research. Nuclear-powered unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that would increase operational flight durations from days to months are a technological possibility today, according to…