Weekly Roundup 6/27/16

Workers with Virginia-based Hazon Solutions inspect a telephone poll using a drone. Credit: Dan Gettinger

June 20, 2016 – June 26, 2016  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 Federal Aviation Administration…

Significant Aspects of the FAA’s Drone Rules

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  By Arthur Holland Michel Today, the Federal Aviation Administration released its much anticipated Part 107 rules, which cover the use of drones for non-recreational purposes in the U.S. airspace system. Up until now, non-recreational drone users such as commercial…

Weekly Roundup 6/20/16

The Korean Army experimented with a delivery drone system. Image via The Korea Times

June 13, 2016 – June 19, 2016 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. Senate and…

Drone Spending Update: The NDAA

A Shadow UAV is launched during a training exercise at Camp Roberts, CA on June 11, 2016. Credit: Staff Sgt. Ryan Sheldon

By Dan Gettinger In an 85 to 13 vote on June 14, 2016, the U.S. Senate passed the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, bringing Congress a step closer to finalizing next year’s military budget. The NDAA is a…

Weekly Roundup 6/13/16

The Sea Hunter unmanned surface vehicle undergoing ocean trials on June 7, 2016. Credit: DARPA

June 6, 2016 – June 12, 2016 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 Unmanned technology is becoming…

Drone Smuggling: Inside Illegal Exports

A Royal Air Force MQ-9 Reaper is loaded for transport. Credit: UK Ministry of Defence

By Dan Gettinger On November 1, 2015, Pei Qi “Paul” Ma, the owner and manager of an import/export business based in Xi’an, China, was arrested by police at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport as he attempted to board a flight to Las…

Weekly Roundup 6/6/16

A Schiebel Camcopter drone operated by the OSCE.

5/30/16 – 6/5/16 If you would like to receive the Weekly Roundup in your inbox, please subscribe at the bottom of the page. News A U.S. drone strike in Somalia targeted Abdullahi Haji Da’ud, a senior member of al-Shabab. In…

Weekly Roundup 5/30/16

An MQ-9 Reaper flies at the first ever air show at Cannon Air Base, NM. Cannon is home to the Air Force Special Operations Command's drone operations. Credit: Tech. Sgt. Manuel J. Martinez / US Air Force

5/23/16 – 5/29/16 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 As more commercial drone users take to the…

Interview: On Drones and Insurance

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As regulators open the skies to commercial drone use, insurance companies are starting to take notice. The demand for insurance policies that cover drone operations is expanding significantly. Commercial entities that fly drones want their new aerial assets to be…

Weekly Roundup 5/23/16

Registered drone users in the United States. Credit: AirMap.

5/16/16 – 5/22/16 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 Are drones a revolutionary technology? What exactly do…

The Drone Revolutions

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By Arthur Holland Michel The Drone Revolutions was an advanced undergraduate seminar organized by the Center for the Study of the Drone, taught in the Human Rights Program at Bard College during the Spring 2016 semester. The class was led…