Civilian drones are making the skies more congested than ever before, and with it, the increase of incidents involving drone have developed in several countries. The UK Airprox Board, which monitors safety issues in British airspace, identified 56 air proximity incidents involving drones since last year. Meanwhile in the U.S, 583 drones incidents have take place between August 2015 and January 2017. Most of them were minor incidents, but others have been in airport airspace.
Locating and rescuing people from fires is not an easy task. Pillars smoke will hide objectives and blurry vision for firefighters. Also, high concentrations of carbon dioxide make it hard for victims to survive long enough to be rescued. To reduce tragedies resulting from a fire, firefighters in the Greater Manchester area of the U.K. launched a drone equipped with an infra-red camera during a massive fire in the city center. Thanks to the help of the UAS, firefighter were a
DroneLife.com's Jason Reagan recently highlighted "3 Ways Police Are Using Drones Around the World" and we we wanted to take you on a brief trip around the world of police drones. 1. ENGLAND As Airborne Response reported previously, West Midlands Police have initiated a pilot program to monitor the "hooligan" crowds attending football (soccer) matches in an attempt to mitigate game-day violence. 2, AUSTRAILIA Minister of Parliament Scott Stewart of Townsville is requesting th
The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) started testing an aerostat to enhance their aerial and maritime surveillance. The UAS is a tethered balloon with 24/7 low-level radar that monitors threats over Singapore. Singapore Defence Ministry explained the system will assist SAF's surveillance tools to safeguard the country's peace an security. "Well, all of us recognise that Singapore is a very small island, and that alone makes us vulnerable to threats, either from the air
In 2018, DARPA will be releasing a working prototype of its Tern (Tactically Exploited Reconnaissance Node) drone system that could eventually provide persistent surveillance virtually anywhere in the world. The Tern program would allow fully-autonomous drones to take off and land vertically from small-deck ships to the world. Once in flight, it will become the eyes and ears for ships for long periods of time. Navy and Marines want to improve persistent surveillance capabilit
STOCKHOLM - The Supreme Administrative Court of Sweden has dealt a staggering blow to the nation's rapidly growing unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) industry. Justices ruled that camera mounted on drones require a permit under camera surveillance laws. Any remote pilot who wants to fly a drone in a public place will now "need to pay a hefty fee to apply for a permit," according to PetaPixel. It will then be up to county administrators to either approve or deny the permit. In
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