The Big UAV/UAS Manufacturer List

There are hundreds, if not thousands of Drone manufacturers around the world, with new ventures springing up every day. This page attempts to chronicle as many of them as possible by geographic area. Companies making drones, UAVs or UAS. United States California 3D Robotics – The for profit arm of DIY Drones. Leader in supporting…

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…

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…

Facial recognition, once a battlefield tool, lands in San Diego County

On a residential street in San Diego County, Calif., Chula Vista police had just arrested a young woman, still in her pajamas, for possession of narcotics. Before taking her away, Officer Rob Halverson paused in the front yard, held a Samsung Galaxy tablet up to the woman’s face and snapped a photo. Halverson fiddled with…

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…

Except for Ed Markey, Congressional Privacy Caucus Utterly Silent on Drones

Two congressional caucuses declare their interest in protecting Americans’ freedom from privacy invasions and liberty violations. Congressional Progressive Caucus: “We pledge our unwavering commitment… … To sunset expiring provisions of the Patriot Act and bring remaining provisions into line with the U. S. Constitution. … To protect the personal privacy of all Americans from unbridled…

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site Selection (UASTSS)

On February 14, 2012, the President signed the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (FMRA) into law.  The FMRA includes requirements for integrating unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the national airspace system (NAS), including direction for the FAA to “establish a program to integrate unmanned aircraft systems into the national airspace system at six…