It’s Coming: Air Traffic Control for Drones

A Novadem NX 110 drone flies during a presentaion at a firefighter rescue centre in Les Pennes-Mirabeau, southern France, on August 28, 2014. The Novadem NX 110 drone will be used as a surveillance drone by the firefighters in the Bouches-du-Rhone region to survey wildfires, floodings and rescue operations. (BERTRAND LANGLOIS/AFP/Getty Images)

A Novadem NX 110 drone flies during a presentaion at a firefighter rescue centre in Les Pennes-Mirabeau, southern France, on August 28, 2014. The Novadem NX 110 drone will be used as a surveillance drone by the firefighters in the Bouches-du-Rhone region to survey wildfires, floodings and rescue operations. NASA is also working on developing a system that will help control lower altitude air traffic as drone use becomes more prevalent. (BERTRAND LANGLOIS/AFP/Getty Images)

With so many instances of amateur or commercial unmanned aerial vehicles causing concern for traditional airplanes, the government is in the process of creating an air traffic control system specifically for drones.

While the Federal Aviation Administration is working on regulations to govern the use of government, commercial and private drone use in the United States, NASA is leading the charge when it comes to traffic control, according to the New York Times.

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Amazon and Google should develop drones overseas

elephant-in-the-roombanksyMore delivery drones, more hype. Amazon currently rules the drone delivery hype space and Google wants to show us they are in the game.

Its all too easy to trot out the line that the FAA is restricting unmanned aircraft development in the United States. To an extent it’s true. Years of hand wringing and posturing, cries of the most advanced drone programs in the world all seem much like the story of the emperor’s new clothes. It still looks very much like 2021 is the real target for widespread civil commercial RPAS integration in the USA. Lets hope I am wrong.

Five test sites have been chosen,  there is no publicly available schedule which to build and test towards. Nearest out there is that of the DHS RAPS (Robotic Aircraft for Public Service)

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Q&A with the photographer who explored Chernobyl with a drone

Philip Grossman is the Senior Director for Media Technology and Strategy at The Weather Channel, where he evaluates and develops the channel’s technological roadmap. He’s also a drone operator, photographer, and member of the Professional Society of Drone Journalists.

Grossman was kind enough to answer some questions about his ongoing photography project, which takes him inside the exclusion zone of the world’s worst nuclear disaster – Chernobyl. He is perhaps the only person to ever fly a drone of any kind inside one of the most radioactively contaminated sites in the world. 
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