States Await FAA Drone Testing Decision

With only three highly anticipated days to go, the Economic development offices and major research universities across the nation are waiting with the anticipation of a kid on Christmas Eve for the Federal Aviation Administration to decide where it will station research and test sites for drones. The FAA’s decision, which could be worth billions…

Julian Residents Voice Concern about Drone Testing

Residents of the back country communities of San Diego County are sounding off about drone testing. They are concerned about their safety, environment and privacy, but mostly about why they say there are no regulations concerning any of those. By 2020, members of citizen advocacy group “Back Country Voices” say there will be 30,000 unmanned…

San Diego Supervisor Bill Horn Interview – Bill, for Real

‘I made it over to the Borrego Sun newspaper office well before my interview appointment with Supervisor Bill Horn, but when I arrived, he was already sitting out front visiting with Ellen and Anita.  He called out as I picked up my pace, “I’m early.”  I mumbled something about seeing him the other day (at…

NASA Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration in the National Airspace System (NAS) Project Presentations

The following collection of presentations from the NASA Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration in the National Airspace System (NAS) Project details efforts to integrate drones into the national airspace including technical problems with frequency allocation as well as technologies designed to avoid mid-air collisions.  The document is available from the Department of Commerce’s National Technical…

A Flock Of Flying Drones

Flying robots equipped with 3D gear: better surveillance on the cheap They can be deployed as additional surveillance resources during major events, or as high-resolution 3D street imaging systems. Intelligent swarms of aerial drones are a universally useful tool for police, crisis managers and urban planners. Special 3D sensors developed by Fraunhofer researchers ensure flawless…

Governor Brown Vetoes California Electronic Privacy Protection

For the third straight year, California Governor Jerry Brown vetoed common sense electronic privacy legislation, ensuring that California remains behind the rest of the country when it comes to technology law and policy. Gov. Brown vetoed SB 467, an EFF-sponsored bill that would have required state law enforcement officials to obtain a search warrant in…

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…