FAA Issues 200 Maps to Streamline Commercial Drone Ops

FAA Issues 200 Maps to Streamline Commercial Drone Ops

By Thomas Nguyen

On April 27, 2017, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published more than 200 facility maps with additional maps to be published throughout the year. These maps are being used in an effort to streamline and automate the commercial drone authorization process as well as integrate the use of drones into the National Airspace System. 

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Nearly Instantaneous Crop Data

Nearly Instantaneous Crop Data

By Tyler Short

HAEVIC, a South African drone manufacturer has introduced a new drone platform called the AgriAnalys Drone, which contains an installed multispectral camera recently acquired by HAEVIC. The drone is able to perform its flight survey for nearly 50 minutes, and the camera begins to process information while the drone remains in flight. 

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Protecting the Homeland from “Hostile” Drones

Protecting the Homeland from “Hostile” Drones

By Erin L. Felix

The U.S. government has a long history of supporting the development and deployment of unmanned aerial systems/unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). While the government’s interest has traditionally been centered on offensive military applications, such as surveillance and weapon delivery, the growing wave of hobbyist and commercial UAS usage has spawned a new focus: countering UAS-based threats posed by hostile groups and individuals. This increased emphasis on advancing counter-drone capabilities can be seen across multiple agencies, including the FBI, the Department of Defense, as well as state and local law enforcement. The Counter Unmanned Aerial Systems (C-UAS) application provides business opportunities for companies that develop C-UAS technology continue to grow in the government market. 

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