Weekly Roundup 7/6/15

Satellite imagery of Chinese drones at an airbase on Daishan Island. Via: Bellingcat.

6/29/15 – 7/5/15 If you would like to receive the Weekly Roundup in your inbox, please subscribe at the bottom of the page. At the Center for the Study of the Drone Until the FAA implements comprehensive regulations for the commercial…

The Exemptions Database

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By Arthur Holland Michel and Dan Gettinger Until the Federal Aviation Administration implements comprehensive regulations for the use of unmanned aircraft within the U.S. sometime in 2016, only those companies in possession of a Section 333 exemption are permitted to…

Weekly Roundup 6/29/15

A USDA poster released in May warning hobbyists not to fly near wildfires. Credit: USDA

6/22/15 – 6/28/15 If you would like to receive the Weekly Roundup in your inbox, please subscribe at the bottom of the page. At the Center for the Study of the Drone The U.S. Air Force recently reduced the number of…

Training Drone Pilots

Media outlets interview a British MQ-9 Reaper sensor operator during a training mission at Holloman AFB in 2012. Credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Carolyn Herrick/Released

By Dan Gettinger Earlier this year, despite increasing demand for U.S. drones over Iraq and Syria, the Air Force decided to cut the number of drone missions it flies every day. The move is in response to growing concerns within…

Weekly Roundup 6/22/15

An ongoing campaign in Ukraine aims to crowdfund a drone (pictured) for the Ukrainian military. Credit: People's Drone, People's Project.

6/15/15 – 6/21/15 If you would like to receive the Weekly Roundup in your inbox, please subscribe at the bottom of the page. At the Center for the Study of the Drone In a recent report on China’s military capabilities, the Department…

China’s Drones

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By Arthur Holland Michel In January of this year, photos emerged that appeared to show a China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation CH-3 drone armed with two AR-1 anti-tank missiles lying upside down in a field in Nigeria’s Borno Province,…

Weekly Roundup 6/15/15

The GL-10 Greased Lightening drone. Credit: NASA

6/8/15 – 6/15/15 If you would like to receive the Weekly Roundup in your inbox, please subscribe at the bottom of the page. At the Center for the Study of the Drone The Pentagon’s 1033 program, which transfers excess military equipment to…

Robot Cops Near You

A Northrop Grumman Remotec Andros robot in Dallas on Saturday. Credit: Stewart F. House / Getty Images

By Dan Gettinger After an exchange of gunfire on Saturday morning, in Dallas, Texas, an explosive ordnance disposal robot rolled up to a van parked outside of a fast food restaurant. James Boulware, the van’s occupant, is suspected of being involved…

Weekly Roundup 6/8/15

A flight demonstration at Roma Drone 2015. Credit: Dan Gettinger

6/1/15-6/7/15 If you would like to receive the Weekly Roundup in your inbox, please subscribe at the bottom of the page. At the Center for the Study of the Drone The House and Senate have released proposed Pentagon budget bills that…

Drones in the Defense Budget: Part Two

The House Armed Services Committee. Credit: DoD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo

By Dan Gettinger On the afternoon of Monday, June 8, 2015, U.S. senators returning from the weekend will tackle the growing conflagration over defense spending. The Senate will resume debate on H.R.1735, the bill authorizing defense spending for Fiscal Year…

Weekly Roundup 6/1/15

A court in Germany rejected Faisal bin Ali Jaber's complaint that Berlin has been complicit in U.S. drone strikes in Yemen. Credit: ECCHR

5/25/15-5/31/15 If you would like to receive the Weekly Roundup in your inbox, please subscribe at the bottom of the page. At the Center for the Study of the Drone On May 20, the U.S. government released 103 documents seized during…