White House to relax rules on military drone exports

The Trump administration is looking to make it easier for allies to buy military-grade drones from U.S. firms.

FAA expands low-altitude drone tests

To support rapidly increasing commercial drone use, the FAA is set to expand testing of automated processing capabilities for operator authorizations.

FAA bans drone flights over nuclear research facilities

The FAA will ban drone flights over seven nuclear energy and research facilities operated by the Department of Energy at the end of the year.

Cybersecurity

Drone cybersecurity policy still up in the air

Federal agencies are facing a policy gap when it comes to IoT cybersecurity, but basic due diligence is still the best approach, experts say.

House panel presses FAA to curtail drone dangers

As a new report warns small UAS can do far more damage to planes than bird strikes, legislators worry that "idiots who have toy drones" will delay legitimate UAS uses.

IT Modernization

ICE memo says Chinese-made drones are snoops

An ICE intel memo claims that a Chinese UAS maker is dumping cheap drones on the U.S. market to capture sensitive infrastructure data.

FAA's plan to accelerate drone integration

FAA wants companies and local governments to work together on tests to support more low-altitude commercial drone use.

Trump tells FAA to move faster on drone traffic control

The administration has issued new mandates for accelerating the integration of unmanned aerial systems into the national airspace.

IT Modernization

FAA greenlights drone use in Irma recovery

Hurricane Irma generated a wave of drone authorizations at FAA as recovery work ramped up in Florida.

Cybersecurity

Border agencies test hand-launched drones

CBP and the Border Patrol plan tests of three varieties of small drone aircraft along U.S. borders in the coming weeks, with an eye toward a larger acquisition of the portable vehicles.

Drones take center stage in Harvey recovery

Hurricane Harvey represents an inflection point for the use of unmanned aerial systems in disaster recovery operations, according to the FAA administrator.

Drones and weather balloons team up in Arctic tests

A national laboratory paired drones and weather balloons to try to improve Arctic weather data collection.

IT Modernization

Gartner explains the hype

Blockchain, AI and IoT all have the potential to transform government IT, the research firm's latest analysis predicts.

Cybersecurity

Secret Service to test surveillance drone at Trump golf club

The Secret Service announced an upcoming test of a tethered drone system as part of its personnel protection mission during the president's upcoming vacation in Bedminster, N.J.

Senate bill would foster drone development, facilities

New legislation would foster drone tech development, airspace integration and air traffic management.

White House seeks authority to track and destroy drones

Under draft legislation, federal agencies would have the authority to disable or destroy drone aircraft deemed dangerous to government operations.

Culture clash in FAA's drone push

The FAA's efforts to integrate unmanned drone aircraft safely into U.S. commercial airspace is moving ahead on several fronts, according to the agency's director, but it requires reconciling cultural differences.

FAA rolls out no-drone zones

The agency released new data detailing drone flight restrictions around airports and military bases and has begun a process that could further restrict private drone use.

Cybersecurity

DHS wants a look at anti-drone tech

DHS' Science and Technology directorate invites counter-drone technology companies to show off their capabilities, while military commanders warn about unauthorized drones near military bases.

IT Modernization

Close calls with unmanned aircraft increase

The number of close encounters between civilian aircraft and unmanned drones in national airspace is on the rise, the FAA reports.

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