Is Google Drone View in Our Future? US Airspace Opened for Commercial and Private Drones
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. …
- Pilots worry about safety of drones in US skies (usnews.msnbc.msn.com)
Dr. Lea Shanley is the founder and former co-Chair of the Federal Community of Practice on Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science, a vibrant community of 200 federal employees from more than 35 agencies. She is also a co-founding member of the Citizen Science Association. Dr. Shanley recently served as a Presidential Innovation Fellow at NASA, where she helped to foster a culture of open innovation. Prior to this, she founded and directed the Commons Lab at the Wilson Center, served in the US Senate as a Congressional Science Fellow, and worked with local and tribal communities to develop GIS-based decision support systems for city planning, natural resource management, coastal management, and disaster response through the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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