International UAS Surveillance Markets Heat Up as American Companies Wait for Guidance

International UAS Surveillance Markets Heat Up as American Companies Wait for Guidance

By William D. Ezzell

No one likes the idea of big brother. But what if big brother is the one writing the check? And not looking at you?

As we previously posted, American UAS companies are vying to compete with Chinese companies in the international UAS military market. Countries around the world are actively building UAS fleets but U.S. export controls have hampered American companies from competing. Foreign competitors continue to challenge the American UAS industry, which could not have been more evident at this year’s China Public Security Expo in Shenzhen, China. 

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DOJ and FAA Issue New Security Concerns in UAS Operations

DOJ and FAA Issue New Security Concerns in UAS Operations

By William D. Ezzell

This week, the UAS world witnessed two concerning developments related to national security. On Wednesday, newly appointed FBI Director Christopher Wray testified before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs. Wray warned that terrorist organizations are actively seeking drones as a means to wage attacks. “I think we do know that terrorist organizations have an interest in using drones.” Wray elaborated even further, “We’ve seen that overseas already with growing frequency. I think the expectation is that it’s coming here imminently. I think they are relatively easy to acquire, relatively easy to operate, and quite difficult to disrupt and monitor.”

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Steer Clear from Military Bases if You Want to Keep Your Drone (and Yourself) Out of Trouble

Steer Clear from Military Bases if You Want to Keep Your Drone (and Yourself) Out of Trouble

By Thomas Nguyen

There has been a growing security concern posed by drones, especially in light of increased use by both private citizens and companies. With the aim of keeping personnel and equipment safe in connection with its domestic military bases, the Pentagon recently issued classified rules that provide guidance to the U.S. military on how to deal with private and commercial drones that are found flying over or around its domestic military bases.

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Will ATC Privatization Accelerate UAS Home Delivery Systems?

Will ATC Privatization Accelerate UAS Home Delivery Systems?

By William D. Ezzell

This week, President Trump announced his intention to push for the privatization of the U.S. Air Traffic Control system. In his trademark style, the president said that the ATC system was “ancient, broken, antiquated, horrible” and those previous efforts to update systems were a “waste of money.” 

The President raised legitimate concerns in this ongoing debate. ATC privatization could indeed transform the landscape and best position the aerospace industry as technology advances. Nevertheless, the speech triggered multiple discussions of the need for privatization to accelerate the UAS industry. In particular, home delivery platforms.

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Crowded Skies are Coming

Crowded Skies are Coming

By Tyler Short

Google recently completed a series of tests related to multiple unmanned aircraft systems operating in the same airspace. The tests were carried out by Google and organized by the FAA and NASA. With an eye towards creating a world where delivery by unmanned aircraft systems is a reality, Google has created a traffic management platform that has the capabilities of automatically plotting the paths of multiple unmanned aircraft systems and then updating the paths while in mid-flight. This platform may be the key to operating several unmanned aircraft systems in the same area.

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