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The Next Drone Smackdown

More drones, means more conflict in dronespace. The Dutch have a unique solution, captured in this video: "The Dutch police have partnered with Guard From Above, a raptor training company based in Denmark, to determine whether eagles could be used as intelligent, adaptive anti-drone weapon systems."

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FAA Drone Regulations: What’s Left for States?

In mid-December, the FAA issued an interim final rule establishing registration and marking requirements for small unmanned aircraft used recreationally – i.e., drones. Like other drone owners, owners of drones that weigh between .55 pounds and 55 pounds (Ben Wittes, this means you!) must register their drones before operating them in the national airspace. But for these small non-commercial drones, the rule creates a system by which drone owners can

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Drone Registration, Part II

In an earlier post, I advanced the idea that the drone registration process could be used to make actual drone operation safer. 

In principle, there are two approaches to make drone operation safer.  Approach 1 (the approach I took in my original posting) is to maintain a keep-out bubble around airplanes in flight by giving airplanes a transmitter that could deactivate nearby drones.  Approach 2 is to enforce no-fly zones around sensitive areas (such as airports).

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