Yesterday we reported that Amazon will move their UAV research overseas if the FAA doesn’t hurry up and actually create regulations. Well now, it seems like Amazon will have to leave after all. The Washington Post is reporting that the FAA won’t introduce their set of rules until 2017 or even later. Really, FAA? You’ve already missed the 2012 deadline and will now miss the September 2015 deadline. The WP reports:
Gilligan confirmed that a “balanced” proposal on drones is under executive review. But once that proposal is published for the public’s eyes, it could take months to arrive at a final set of rules. The result could mean years of additional delays, according to a Government Accountability Office official.
Something needs to be done at this point. The US needs to be a pioneer in this field, but when it is basically outlawed, the innovations will simply take place elsewhere. Click below to read the full Washington Post article.
According to the Wall Street Journal (warning, paywall link) the online ecommerce giant told the FAA in a letter that if they don’t open up the skies for UAV research and development, they would simply stop development in the US and take it elsewhere. Amazon already does research and development in the UK. According the The Verge:
Amazon has already begun exporting its research and is currently testing drones in Cambridge, England, where experimental flights don’t require a special license and pilots are only expected to follow general rules such as staying away from large crowds and airports. The UK has already issued more than 300 licenses for commercial drone use with the majority used for photography and filming.
Click the link below for the full article at The Verge
What do you get when you cross and RC car and a quad? You get this Kickstarter project, the B Flying car. The project is still far from their £25,000 goal (about $40,000 USD) but you still have until December 3rd 2014 to pledge your support. For around $700 USD, and if the funding is successful, you *could expect the own B Flying car by Mar 2015. So, what are you waiting for?
Check out the project and if it tickles your fancy, whip out that credit card.
This is what you get when you get permission to use a multirotor to film at an airport. Amazing footage. Taken at the Mexico City Internation Airport.
Here’s an excellent piece about “drones”, everywhere from the military kind, to the hobbyist type that anyone can buy at the local hobby store. Its a long read but I promise you, its well worth it.
The FAA announced today that they have started testing UAVs for certification in their first test site (out of six) in North Dakota. They are testing the Draganflyer X4ES, a small quad, and mainly for agricultural purposes. From the FAA press release:
“The main goal of this site’s initial operations is to show that UAS can check soil quality and the status of crops in support of North Dakota State University/Extension Service precision agriculture research studies. Precision agriculture is one of many industries that represent areas for significant economic opportunity and UAS-industry expansion.”
The FAA has a 2015 deadline as imposed by congress. Read the full press release at the source below.
Arcturus UAV revealed today JUMP, their bolt-on system for their T-16 and T-20, which give their glider-type UAVs into vertical take-off capabilities.
For their website:
“Booms fitted with vertical lift motors and rotors are mounted to each wing to provide vertical lift for takeoff and landing. Vertical lift motors are shut off for winged flight and rotors are feathered longitudinally for minimum drag. Seamless transition to winged flight is achieved by the Piccolo autopilot using Latitude Engineering’s Hybrid-Quadrotor technology. All flight control is fully autonomous.”