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House-Senate conference report this week called on the Administration to accelerate the use of civilian unmanned aerial systems (UAS), or “drones,” in U.S. airspace.
The pending authorization bill for the Federal Aviation Administration directs the Secretary of Transporation to develop within nine months “a comprehensive plan to safely accelerate the integration of civil unmanned aircraft systems into the national airspace system.”
Update: In the recently enacted FY2012 National Defense Authorization Act (section 1097), Congress mandated that “the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration shall establish a program to integrate unmanned aircraft systems into the national airspace system at six test ranges.” This new test range program is supposed to be established within 180 days.
As of 2010, hundreds of FAA authorizations had already been granted for use of unmanned aerial systems within U.S. airspace.
Still scratching my head. The push seems powerful and rapid.
reply to post by stirling
Equipped with next generational electronics, These drones will be able to see through walls...hear muted voices,sense body heat or even persperation....
Originally posted by jefwane
IMO there is only one legitimate place to routinely use drones--the border. Uses other than that are a waste of money (drones ain't cheap) and present tons of civil liberty questions.