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FAA drone task force moves ahead

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The Federal Aviation Administration is moving quickly on its plans to register recreational unmanned aircraft. Officials announced that Earl Lawrence, director of the FAA's Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Office, will lead the government side of a drone registration task force. He'll be joined by co-chairman Dave Vos, the lead on Google X's Project Wing drone delivery program.

The new group plans to meet this week to develop recommendations on a streamlined registration process and minimum requirements for registering unmanned aircraft. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has directed the task force to deliver a report on policy recommendations by Nov. 20. The FAA wants to have a registry online by Christmas.

The task force's private-sector members include representatives from camera company GoPro, Walmart and Amazon, which is looking into using drones in package delivery. The FAA also tapped model aircraft hobbyists, airline associations and drone makers to serve on the panel.

The Office of Management and Budget, NASA and the departments of Commerce, Defense, Homeland Security, Interior and State will provide support to the task force, according to the FAA announcement.

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Mark Rockwell is a senior staff writer at FCW, whose beat focuses on acquisition, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy.

Before joining FCW, Rockwell was Washington correspondent for Government Security News, where he covered all aspects of homeland security from IT to detection dogs and border security. Over the last 25 years in Washington as a reporter, editor and correspondent, he has covered an increasingly wide array of high-tech issues for publications like Communications Week, Internet Week, Fiber Optics News, tele.com magazine and Wireless Week.

Rockwell received a Jesse H. Neal Award for his work covering telecommunications issues, and is a graduate of James Madison University.

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