THE PERIPHERY North Dakota Drones
Because they've been the vehicle for a lot of bad news and have become a symbol for government overreach, I'm betting 9/10 people respond unfavorably to the word "drone".
Previously on this blog, I'v... Posted on 8/21/13 at 5:49 AM
Five years ago, Northland Aerospace had seven students. Now, it has 122. But that dramatic increase may look scrawny by comparison if the Grand Forks Air Force Base becomes designated as a test site for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), which are more commonly known as drones.
It’s very likely North Dakota will be one of the six states to host a test site for unmanned aircraft, but it is also very likely not the Federal Aviation Administration’s top candidate, Rep. Kevin Cramer said this past week in Grand Forks.
Over the past year, news stories about unmanned aircraft systems have highlighted privacy concerns as often as technological improvements. For example, six states now have laws that force police agencies to get warrants before using drones to gather evidence.
Piloted by Grand Forks Police Cpl. Tim Schuh using a stylus on a video screen, a small hovering unmanned aircraft with four rotors and two cameras created a video map Thursday of the scene of a violent crime from 400 feet above it.
The FBI has been using drones to support its law enforcement operations since 2006 and has spent more than $3 million on the unmanned aircraft, the Justice Department's internal watchdog said Thursday.
I was very surprised at the front-page story about North Dakota’s chances for becoming an unmanned-aircraft test site. Why do we as a free people need drones in our skies? The answer is, we don’t. This is just another step in turning our once-great country into a 1984-type police state.
Firefighters battling the giant wildfire burning in the Sierra Nevada added a California National Guard Predator drone to their arsenal Wednesday to give them real-time views of flames chewing through rugged forests in and around Yosemite National Park.
Brian Skoloff and Tracie Cone
, August 28, 2013
Thousands of civilian drones are expected in U.S. skies within a few years and concerns they could be used to spy on Americans are fueling legislative efforts in several states to regulate the unmanned aircraft.
The Navy successfully landed a drone the size of a fighter jet aboard an aircraft carrier for the first time Wednesday, showcasing the military's capability to have a computer program perform one of the most difficult tasks a pilot is asked to do.
When David Dvorak launched Field of View in 2010, he foresaw a bright future for aerial crop imagery. Today, after working with farmers, agronomists and even a South American plantation manager, he’s more optimistic than ever.
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