Inside Unmanned Systems

DEC 2018 - JAN 2019

Inside Unmanned Systems provides actionable business intelligence to decision-makers and influencers operating within the global UAS community. Features include analysis of key technologies, policy/regulatory developments and new product design.

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15 December 2018/January 2019  unmanned systems inside mercial UAS lobby wants to limit the role of local authorities in drone regulation, but I think this study will show that's unreal- istic. Local manpower will be necessary to enforce regulations on drones, which are far more numerous than manned aircraft and can take off from and land anywhere. THE WINNERS: The FAA. They dodged another "no win" study. THE LOSERS: Maybe the IPP. This report could steal their thunder. The commercial drone lobby also is watching this closely, in case the report gives locals more regulatory leeway. They don't want "patchwork" drone laws that differ from state to state. SEC. 374. SPECTRUM. The FA A, National Telecommunications and Information Administration and the Federal Communications Commission have 270 days to report on whether drones can operate on specific C or L band fre- quencies. If not, they must recommend alternate frequencies. THE ISSUES: This section brought a tear to my eye. Congress actually cares about drone spectrum! Any drone expert worth her salt knows drone data link spectrum is a massive concern. Military drones are fine because they have plenty of spectrum allocated, but nearly all useable civilian spectrum has gone to the cell phone com- panies. The problem with relying on cell phone spectrum for drone command and control (C2) is users can't afford dropped calls and drones should use aviation pro- tected frequencies for C2 to ensure mini- mum interference with their data links. This study will say if C or L band can work for drone data links. THE WINNERS: UAS manufacturers and prospective UAS BLOS operators. THE LOSERS: The cell phone industry (if the study says C or L band are viable). Overall, this is a breath-taking piece of legislation that should be a model for how 20Si 200Sr The smallest, lightest Mode S Transponders ALL-IN-ONE DESIGN INTEGRATED SBAS GPS/BARO COMPLETE RADAR AND ADS-B VISIBILITY EASY PLUG & PLAY INSTALL 76 grams 250W Transmit 200+ mile range 25 grams 20W Transmit 40 mile range RADAR CONTACT ESTABLISHED to move forward on an extremely technical, disruptive technology. "Congress has given the Executive Branch everything it needs to make commercially-viable drone rules and to protect our nation from rogue drones." Let's see if the executive Branch can handle all this authority and put the United States back at the forefront of the race to make commercially viable drone rules.

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