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Pt 353-2

Drones over U.S. get OK by Congress Washington Times:

Look! Up in the sky! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? It’s … a drone, and it’s watching you. That’s what privacy advocates fear from a bill Congress passed this week to make it easier for the government to fly unmanned spy planes in U.S. airspace.

The FAA Reauthorization Act, which President Obama is expected to sign, also orders theFederal Aviation Administration to develop regulations for the testing and licensing of commercial drones by 2015.

Privacy advocates say the measure will lead to widespread use of drones for electronic surveillance by police agencies across the country and eventually by private companies as well.

See my previous article with drone predictions “Predictions For 2012 – Add Yours!”. And post up the comments, drones for all over the US skies?

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.



  1. texmex says:

    they are right to be worried….

  2. European says:

    Land of free


  3. If we could only figure out a way to Black out the sky in protest!

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  5. Jim Horn says:

    Electronic surveillance? With the noise from on-board electronics, it would be easier and better done from the ground. And less obvious – any flying device is noisy and visible unless quite high (i.e. far away).

    Meanwhile, police, sheriff and news helicopters are common now. Is it bad to have them use less fuel and risk less lives? Or have more eyes in the sky to do search and rescue?

    The real concern of many is how to prevent mid-air collisions. UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) can coordinate to prevent that via GPS and such, but we still have many light aircraft that don’t need electronics at all, radios included, in the vast majority of the uncontrolled airspace here in the USA. So automated anticollision schemes aren’t yet feasible.