Drones

DOD's Plan to Counter Small Drones Hinges on Interoperability

Pentagon officials told media it is taking a system-of-systems approach unified under a common command and control for countering small drones. 

Can Robots and Drones Help to Fight COVID-19?

Using drones to help make our living and working spaces a little safer is not too much of a stretch. 

Trump Takes Executive Action on Drones in Final White House Days

The executive order encourages federal agencies to divest from unmanned aerial systems manufactured by China, Russia and Iran.

GSA to Remove Almost All Drones from Contract Offerings Over China Concerns

By Feb. 1, all but five unmanned aerial vehicles will be removed from the General Services Administration’s offerings.

Pentagon Releases Strategy for Countering Small Drones

The strategy’s accompanying implementation plan is set for release later this month, DOD officials said.

FAA Unveils Final Drone Rules for Remote ID, Nighttime Flights and Operations Over Humans

Unmanned aircraft systems will have to broadcast their “digital license plates” to legally zip around most places in the future. 

Intel Agencies Seek to Perfect Biometric Recognition from Drones

Intelligence and military researchers want to merge facial recognition with other biometric methods to identify people from long distances and steep angles

NIST Plans New Drone-Advancing Challenge Competition

Potential scenarios include locating stranded first responders with thermal imaging, tracking them where GPS is inaccessible, and more.

Transportation Department Rolls Out New Program to Further Drive Drone Integration

It will build on a recently completed pilot that used drones to deliver small packages, count cattle—and more.

Navy Program Will Use AI on Drone Images to Predict Fleet Maintenance Needs

Simple Technology Solutions will use Google Cloud to build a machine learning tool trained on drone images.

DHS Wants to Know What the Public Thinks About Using Drones During Emergencies

A forthcoming survey will ask people about their knowledge of unmanned aerial systems and how they are used, and their opinions on the ethical implications.

Smart Cities Can Help Us Manage Post-COVID Life, but They'll Need Trust as Well as Tech

But as we prepare to move beyond this crisis, cities need to design systems that are prepared to handle the next pandemic.

A Medical-Delivery Drone Service Gets Approval Amid Coronavirus

ZipLine, whose drones have delivered more than 100,000 packages in Africa, will begin flights in North Carolina.

Did That Drone Just Tell Us to Stay 6 Feet Apart?

At least 40 law enforcement agencies across the country have used drones in the past few months for coronavirus-related purposes.

Big Tech and Aviation Companies to Set Standards For New Drone-Tracking System

The eight vendors will set the technology standards for FAA’s Remote ID program to track drones and their operators.