One of the biggest concerns about drones is their usage around airports. Several recent close calls have left the government scrambling to continue to catch up to the quickly evolving capabilities and usages of the flying cameras. The FAA is now testing a new system for detecting unauthorized drones near airports.
The FAA started testing such technology in tandem with the FBI, drone manufacturers, and academic researchers on May 2 at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. Using five varying types of rotorcraft and fixed wing drones, they conducted approximately 40 tests. While the results have not yet been released, it is indicative of the government's commitment not just to legislating drones, but to actively policing them.
Drones are a particularly thorny object to deal with, as traditional radar is not designed to detect them (else, it would also have to deal with thousands of other objects of a similar size, e.g. birds). Marke Gibson, the FAA Senior Advisor on UAS Integration, notes: “We face many difficult challenges as we integrate rapidly evolving UAS technology into our complex and highly regulated airspace.” The involvement of so many partners in the project is indicative of just what a complex problem this truly is.
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[via sUAS News]