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A cautious step forward on police drones

 

 

http://beta.latimes....e You Missed It

 

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Among the arguments against the use of airborne camera-wielding drones by the Los Angeles Police Department, a statement made by one critic at a recent Police Commission meeting stood out: “Drones should not be talked about.”

 

That's the most extreme position, boiled down to its essence: that law enforcement drones (or "small unmanned aerial systems," as police prefer to call them) pose such a serious threat of police surveillance and militarization that the subject should not even be broached.

 

But of course it's far too late for that. Technology steadily advances, and inexpensive drones will become more common, whether they are controlled by police, commercial ventures or criminals. Drones must be talked about, often and in depth.

 

The LAPD's openness to such talk has been mixed. To its credit, in response to public outcry it grounded and eventually destroyed the two drones it accepted in 2014 as gifts from Seattle and began a process of public outreach and input. But many participants in the LAPD's recent community meetings left with the impression that police were less interested responding to public concerns about drones than they were in checking off the outreach boxes before moving ahead with their program.

 

Now the Police Commission — the LAPD's civilian overseers — has before it a set of proposed guidelines for deploying drones that provides for important measures of transparency, accountability and oversight. During a yearlong pilot project, drones would be deployed only in limited circumstances, with a chain of required approvals that goes up to a deputy chief. Drones would include cameras but not weapons, the point being to extend the vision of police without extending their physical reach.

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Assistant Chief Beatrice Girmala, listens to public criticism of LAPD drone policy she presented at the Police Commission meeting in Los Angeles on Oct. 3.

(Los Angeles Times)


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Drone Hits Commercial Jet in Canada for First Time

 

https://www.nbcnews....st-time-n810981

 

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(Reuters) A drone hit an airplane landing at a Quebec City airport this week, the first time an unmanned flying object has collided with commercial aircraft in Canada, Transport Minister Marc Garneau said on Sunday.

 

No injuries were reported in the incident, which happened on Thursday at Jean Lesage International Airport and involved a plane belonging to Quebec-based Skyjet Aviation.

 

…Drones are not allowed within 3.4 miles of Canadian airports, helipads and seaplane bases. Operators who put aircraft at risk face steep fines and jail time under Canadian law.

 

..There have been 1,596 drone incidents reported to Transport Canada so far this year, with 131 of them deemed to be aviation safety concerns.

 

In November 2016, a Canadian airliner with 54 passengers on board had to swerve to avoid an unmanned flying object near Toronto, slightly injuring two cabin crew. 


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I'm surprised drones haven't been used for a terrorist attack yet.

 

Yet.

 

You know it's gonna happen sooner or later. And if it doesn't within the next five years, I'll be surprised.


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Airbus flying electric taxi is on track for flight tests in 2018
brian wang | October 29, 2017 |

 

City Airbus Project multi-passenger, self-piloted electric vertical take-off and landing (flying electric taxi) is on track for maiden flight in 2018.

London, Airbus Helicopters has recently completed the first full-scale testing for the propeller-and-duct system of the CityAirbus demonstrator – a multi-passenger, self-piloted electric vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) vehicle designed for urban air mobility. During this successful testing phase, the CityAirbus team thoroughly checked the individual performance of the system, powered by Siemens electrical propulsion units.

They will operate the craft along fixed, predetermined routes, with top air speeds of around 80 mph.

 

https://www.nextbigf...ts-in-2018.html


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Airbus flying electric taxi is on track for flight tests in 2018

 

City Airbus Project multi-passenger, self-piloted electric vertical take-off and landing (flying electric taxi) is on track for maiden flight in 2018.

London, Airbus Helicopters has recently completed the first full-scale testing for the propeller-and-duct system of the CityAirbus demonstrator – a multi-passenger, self-piloted electric vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) vehicle designed for urban air mobility. During this successful testing phase, the CityAirbus team thoroughly checked the individual performance of the system, powered by Siemens electrical propulsion units.

They will operate the craft along fixed, predetermined routes, with top air speeds of around 80 mph.

 

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Lockheed making large long range robotic submarine drone
brian wang | November 1, 2017 |
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Lockheed Martin is designing Orca, the U.S. Navy’s Extra Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (XLUUV). Orca is being designed to support multiple critical missions.

This long-range autonomous system will have the payload capability to perform a variety of missions, including intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance; mine countermeasures; indication and warning notification; as well as serve as an anti-submarine warfare (ASW) training platform. These systems can be used for long-endurance surveillance and to deliver other payloads.

 

https://www.nextbigf...rine-drone.html


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