PROJECT HERO: NEW LAND ROVER DISCOVERY FEATURING WORLD-FIRST DRONE TECHNOLOGY CREATED TO HELP RED CROSS SAVE LIVES
Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations has designed and engineered ‘Project Hero,’ a bespoke version of the All-New Discovery for use by the Austrian Red Cross. This unique derivative transforms the standard Discovery into an advanced communications unit that allows a new search and rescue drone to take off and land on the vehicle whilst in motion. Project Hero represents the latest collaborative project in a 63-year global relationship between Land Rover and the Red Cross. Read more
Commercial drones in airports to check runways and taxiways for unauthorized foreign objects
Lufthansa Aerial Services (LAS) and small drone manufacturer DJI entered into a market development agreement to use DJI’s models for commercial uses. Inspecting aircraft surfaces for damage and airport runways and taxiways for foreign objects are among the possible applications.
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Fraport explores use of drones to check runways
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Just Released: FAA announces that drones need to be registered within U.S.
Starting Dec 21, 2015 Federal law requires that all aircraft, including (select) drones, be registered with the FAA prior to operation in the US.
At the minimum age of 13 years old you must legally register your own drone and at the minimum age of 13 years old you must supply your own credit card. Failure to register your aircraft may result in regulatory and criminal sanctions. The FAA may assess civil penalties up to $27,500. Criminal penalties include fines of up to $250,000 and/or imprisonment for up to three years.
Really! …What if I gave it as a Christmas gift?
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U.S. AGENCIES SUPPORT COUNTER-DRONE TECHNOLOGY EFFORTS
At the end of a year that saw a spike in reports of rogue drone sightings, U.S. government agencies are supporting efforts to prevent small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) from flying near airports and other, security-sensitive locations. One federal contractor has already announced the commercial release of a system designed to detect and track drones.
With support from multiple federal agencies, the MITRE Corporation is conducting a counter-UAS technology challenge with $100,000 in cash rewards as well as non-monetary prizes. The challenge seeks to identify technological solutions to “detect and safely interdict” small UAS weighing less than five pounds that present a potential safety or security threat in urban areas. The largest cash prize—$60,000—will be awarded for the best overall system. The winners in each of two other categories, for the best detection system and the safest interdiction solution, will receive $20,000.
MITRE is a not-for-profit organization that administers federally funded research and development centers for the government. It supports agencies including the Federal Aviation Administration, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense.
In a separate development, government contractor CACI International on November 19 announced the release of its “SkyTracker” system, which is designed to protect airports and “geographically compact” locations such as government buildings, embassies and stadiums from rogue drones. In October, the FAA named the Arlington, Va.-based company as an industry partner in its “Pathfinder” effort to explore future applications of small unmanned aircraft. The agency plans to assess capabilities of CACI’s proprietary technology within a five-mile radius of airports.
FAA SAYS IT IS MOVING QUICKLY ON DRONE REGISTRY
The U.S. FAA has begun to review a series of recommendations on registering small unmanned aircraft systems (s-UAS) and is moving “quickly and flexibly” toward establishing the registry, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said. The recommendations were delivered to the agency November 21 by the UAS Registration Task Force Aviation Rulemaking Committee, which was tasked in October with devising a proposal for establishing a registry. Huerta said the ARC, which comprises representatives from about 25 organizations, “embraced the challenge with the energy and creativity we expected.” The FAA sought a tight timeline for the recommendations so a registry could be established in time for the holiday season.
The recommendations call for the registration requirements to apply to s-UAS weighing more than 250 grams and up to 55 pounds and to provide the operator’s name and address.
NBAA, a participant of the ARC, noted the registration is “designed to help instill a sense of accountability and responsibility among UAS pilots, and it also will prompt them to become educated about safe flying in the NAS.”
But the Academy of Model Aeronautics said, “As written, these recommendations would make the registration process an unnecessary and unjustified burden to our 185,000 members, who have operated harmoniously within the aviation community for decades.”
08.20.2015 WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As concerns rise about a security menace posed by rogue drone flights, U.S. government agencies are working with state and local police forces to develop high-tech systems to protect vulnerable sites, according to sources familiar with the matter.
Although the research aimed at tracking and disabling drones is at an early stage, there has been at least one field test.
Last New Year’s Eve, New York police used a microwave-based system to try to track a commercially available drone at a packed Times Square and send it back to its operator, according to one source involved in the test.
The previously unreported test, which ran into difficulty because of interference from nearby media broadcasts, was part of the nationwide development effort that includes the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Defense Department, the source said. Read More…
FAA May Clear US Commercial Drones For Take-Off Within A Year
06/20/2015 With drones already being used for a number of applications — including emergency management — and numerous companies testing their transformative ideas for this emerging technology, the commercial drone industry is ready to take off. However, the lack of regulations for drones is having an enormous economic impact.
The UAV trade association said every year the integration of drones into the nation’s air space is delayed, the US loses more than $10 billion in potential economic impact.
The House Committee on Oversight and Reform held a hearing last week to examine the economic impact and privacy and safety concerns associated with the proliferation of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), more commonly referred to as drones. Read More..
Kathmandu Living Labs is working to coordinate the mapping work for the Nepal Earthquake
FAA allows Drones to help during emergencies
4.16.2015 The FAA allows UAS(unmanned aircraft system) to conduct search and rescue, Hazmat management and emergency and disaster response, but on a limited basis.
Mapping areas before an event can help identify evacuation routes, disaster center locations, police and fire locations, etc for use by residents and mutual aid.
Mapping areas after an emergency can allow you to map updated versions and compare to before maps. This can help to find streets, houses, locations of interest including locating potential victim locations.
Ways to get involved
OpenStreetMap is a free, editable map of the whole world that is being built by volunteers largely from scratch and released with an open-content license.
What Can I Do?
Join the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team
Drones for mapping
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