Weekly Roundup 5/2/16

Paul Trillo's "Chromacity."

4/25/16 – 5/1/16 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 From April 11 to 15, the United Nations…

More of the Same: The UN Debate on Lethal Robots

UN CCW meeting. Credit: UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferré

By Kelley Sayler From April 11 to 15, representatives from 95 states and numerous non-governmental organizations gathered in Geneva for the third UN Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons’ Meeting of Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS). As outlined by…

Interview: Gavin Hood

Gavin Hood with Phoebe Fox and Aaron Paul. Credit: Keith Bernstein/Bleecker Street

Gavin Hood is an actor, writer and director. His films include Tsotsi, the winner of Best Foreign Film at the 2006 Academy Awards, Rendition, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and Ender’s Game. His most recent film, Eye in the Sky, follows the…

Weekly Roundup 4/25/16

An unmanned undersea vehicle undergoing tests in the Arabian Gulf. Credit: Specialist 3rd Class Jonah Stepanik/ US Navy

4/18/16 – 4/24/16 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 recently released movie Eye in the Sky…

Drones in “Eye in the Sky”

Helen Mirren as Col. Katherine Powell. Credit: Bleecker Street Media

By Dan Gettinger The recently released film Eye in the Sky challenges the audience to engage in a conversation about counter terrorism operations and, in particular, the targeted killing program. “In our case, in the case of the film, we…

Weekly Roundup 4/18/16

Airbus A320-232 - British Airways (G-EUUN)

4/11/16 – 4/17/16 If you would like to receive the Weekly Roundup in your inbox, please subscribe at the bottom of the page. News A British Airways passenger jet reportedly collided with a drone on final approach to Heathrow airport.…

Weekly Roundup 4/11/16

Azerbaijan is believed to have used an IAI Harop suicide drone in recent fighting along the border with Armenia. Credit: AZERBAIJANI ARMED FORCES Qarabag // YouTube

4/4/16 – 4/10/16 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 Every few years, the Federal Aviation Administration has…

Need to Know: FAA Authorization

Credit: Senate.gov

By Zachary Israel In order to be able to do its job, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) needs to be periodically authorized (and thus funded) by Congress. Authorization is granted through lengthy bills that often also include provisions that direct certain…

Weekly Roundup 4/4/16

The Yuneec Q500. Rival drone maker DJI launched a patent infringement suit against Yuneec on Friday. Credit: Yuneec

3/28/16 – 4/3/16 If you would like to receive the Weekly Roundup in your inbox, please subscribe at the bottom of the page. News The U.S. military announced that it carried out a drone strike in Somalia targeting Hassan Ali…

Weekly Roundup 3/28/16

A Flirtey drone conducted a successful autonomous drone delivery in Nevada last week. Credit: Flirtey

3/21/16 – 3/27/16 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 Friday afternoon, the Federal Aviation Administration released…

Analysis of New Drone Incident Reports

Air traffic controllers at Pope Field, NC. Credit: Tech. Sgt. Peter R. Miller.

By Arthur Holland Michel and Dan Gettinger On Friday, March 25, the Federal Aviation Administration released 582 new reports of incidents involving unmanned aircraft in the U.S. airspace system. These reports date from August 21, 2015 to January 31, 2016. We…