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    Henry Brown

    UAS== Unmanned Aerial Systems

    DoD Envisions “Routine” UAS Access to US Airspace

    The Department of Defense currently seeks expanded access to U.S. airspace for its unmanned aerial systems (UASs), and it anticipates the routine use of military UAS in the National Airspace System (NAS) as a long-term goal, according to a 25 year roadmap for UAS development.

    “The number of UAS in the DoD inventory is growing rapidly. The increase in numbers, as well as the expanding roles of UAS, has created a strong demand for access to national and international airspace and has quickly exceeded the current airspace available for military operations,” according to DoD’s Unmanned Systems Integrated Roadmap, FY2011-2036, dated October 2011.

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    Henry Brown

    More on sorta the same issue: (this article is discussing Commericial use of UAS

    from Business Week:

    Commercial Drones: A Dogfight at the FAA

    Last fall, Russ Freeman’s successful business shooting commercial aerial photos and video flew straight into a political battle over control of the nation’s skies. Freeman’s MI6 Films, based in Hollywood, captures dramatic overhead views for movies, TV ads, and realtors showing off mansions. Instead of hiring a photographer to shoot from a helicopter with a long lens, he uses small drones equipped with high-definition cameras controlled by radio from the ground.

    That is, he did until October, when the Federal Aviation Administration grounded his operation. Freeman’s business ran afoul of FAA rules barring the use of unmanned aircraft for commercial purposes. The agency permits hobbyists to fly small radio-controlled planes and helicopters, but only in unpopulated areas and only below 400 feet. “ ‘Until we figure out how to regulate it, nobody’s flying,’ ” Freeman says an FAA official told him. “He literally put us out of business.” In an e-mail, the agency declined to comment on Freeman’s case but said it investigates allegations of unauthorized drone flights.

    Once largely reserved for military use in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, drones will soon be widely available for sale in the U.S.—leaving the federal government to figure out how to deal with the prospect of a multitude of radio-controlled aircraft whizzing through cities, hovering over backyards, and possibly crashing into airplanes and buildings. Some drones are maneuvered with a simple hand-held remote. The most sophisticated models, now used by the military for high-altitude surveillance and bombing attacks, can travel thousands of miles from their ground controllers, who communicate with the crafts by satellite.

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