Is Google Drone View in Our Future? US Airspace Opened for Commercial and Private Drones

English: Wasp IIII small unmanned aircraft system

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Congress Welcomes the Drones by Kashmir Hill, Forbes, February 7, 2012

The Senate passed a $63 billion bill Monday to provide four years of funding for the Federal Aviation Administration.  … The FAA is also required under the bill to provide military, commercial and privately-owned drones with expanded access to U.S. airspace currently reserved for manned aircraft by Sept. 30, 2015. That means permitting unmanned drones controlled by remote operators on the ground to fly in the same airspace as airliners, cargo planes, business jets and private aircraft. … Once the FAA changes the rules, a company such as Google for example could finally buy drones and use them for mapping purposes. …

For full text of the article, visit Congress Welcomes The Drones – Forbes. See also the summary with links on Secrecy News Blog, click here.

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