28 Jan '15, 3pm

Smaller Drones Aren't Major Threat to Aircraft: A Little Birdie Told Me So

Smaller Drones Aren't Major Threat to Aircraft: A Little Birdie Told Me So

Last December, a group of investors called the UAS America Fund petitioned the Federal Aviation Administration to create a set of rules that would govern “micro unmanned aircraft.” The basic idea is that these microdrones—defined as being 3 pounds (1.4 kilograms) and under—pose much less of a hazard than many of the model aircraft now flying in the United States, which can weigh as much as 55 pounds (25 kilograms). So it makes no sense to regulate all “small unmanned aircraft systems,” as the FAA likes to call them, the same way, which might well be what the U.S. government has in store. While the rules the investment group has drafted make for an interesting read, what I found particularly eye-opening was an attached report from Exponent , a failure-analysis consultancy. That report tries to quantify the threat such microdrones—a category that includes popular models like...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/aerial-robots...

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