World The FBI has warned that militant groups abroad could use their wartime knowledge to transform commercially available drones into deadly weapons in the United States. In a written testimony submitted Wednesday to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, FBI Director Christopher Wray warned that the "threat from Unmanned Aircraft Systems [UAS] in the U.S. is steadily escalating." He highlighted the tendencies of jihadi organizations such as Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State militant group (ISIS), as well as criminal groups like MS-13 and Mexican drug cartels to utilize such technology, something that "may encourage use of this technique in the U.S. to conduct attacks." "While there has been no successful malicious use of UAS by terrorists in the United States to date, terrorist groups could easily export their battlefield experiences to use weaponized UAS outside the conflict zone," Wray wrote to lawmakers. "The FBI assesses that, given their retail … [Read more...] about FBI Warns Drones ‘Will Be Used’ by ISIS, MS-13 to Attack U.S.
New rules for drones
CAPE ELIZABETH — Rather than create a new set of regulations for using airborne drones on town-owned property, the Town Council hopes to educate people about existing federal rules governing the devices. The town will also charge those who use drones for commercial photography and filming in Fort Williams Park the same fees that already apply for on-the-ground advertising and commercial work, which range from $250 to $2,000.During a June 5 workshop, the council also discussed traffic-calming measures for the town center, and heard recommendation to make Spurwink School the new home of the Cape Elizabeth Historical Preservation Society. Chairwoman Jessica Sullivan said discussions about drone use at Fort Williams were spurred as far back as four years ago by concerns about safety and privacy from nearby residents. Formally known as Unmanned Aircraft Systems, drones are already subject to regulation by the Federal Aviation Administration and must be registered for commercial and … [Read more...] about Cape Elizabeth holds off on rules for drones on town property
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Transportation Department has sent two proposed rules to the White House to regulate the increased use of unmanned aerial vehicles, the agency said on Tuesday as it prepared to unveil the winners of new drone pilot projects. One of the new rules would allow drones to fly over people while the other would allow for remote identification and tracking of unmanned aircraft in flight. After both are formally proposed, it would take months or even more than a year before they are finalized. Current rules prohibit nighttime drone flights or operations over people without a waiver from the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA has no requirements or voluntary standards for electrically broadcasting information to identify an unmanned aircraft. The FAA has said regulations are necessary to protect the public and the National Airspace System from bad actors or errant hobbyists. Several incidents around major airports have involved drones getting close to … [Read more...] about U.S. sends rules on drone regulation to White House for review
NASA and Amazon.com Inc. are tapping experts in France to figure out how to coordinate drone traffic, bolstering the country's role as a hub for evolving regulation of unmanned aircraft. While Amazon hired a team in a Paris suburb, NASA headed closer to plane-maker Airbus SE's home in Toulouse, calling on drone designer Delair-Tech to test prototypes for air traffic management software. It's a key part of convincing regulators unmanned vehicles are safe to fly higher and farther out of sight from their operators, such as while delivering goods. "Coordinating traffic between drones, as well as with planes, it's the end-goal that's mobilizing a lot of people across the industry," said entrepreneur Michael de Lagarde, chief executive officer of Delair-Tech. "Today, we're collectively at level zero of traffic management, we just segment the airspace." NASA has been leading efforts to create a drone air-traffic-control system, with companies including Alphabet Inc.'s Google and Amazon.com … [Read more...] about France now hub for drone safety try