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FAA to create 6 drone test sites in US
The Washington Guardian ^ | 2/15/2013 | Joan Lowy

Posted on 02/15/2013 6:42:07 AM PST by mykroar

Edited on 02/15/2013 6:59:51 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a major step toward opening U.S. skies to thousands of unmanned drones, federal officials Thursday solicited proposals to create six drone test sites around the country.

The Federal Aviation Administration also posted online a draft plan for protecting people's privacy from the eyes in the sky. The plan would require each test site to follow federal and state laws and make a privacy policy publicly available.


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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: drones; faa; freedom; privacy
"Today's announcement by the FAA is an important milestone on the path toward unlocking the potential of unmanned aircraft and creating thousands of American jobs," said Michael Toscano, president and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International.

Wasn't it all of yesterday that they said this wasn't going to happen?

1 posted on 02/15/2013 6:42:15 AM PST by mykroar
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To: mykroar

The FAA said none would be armed, which is laughable.


2 posted on 02/15/2013 6:56:20 AM PST by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: TADSLOS

Uh huh. All they need now is an automated system to fly the drones. I think SkyNet would be a good name. What could possibly go wrong?.../s


3 posted on 02/15/2013 7:10:11 AM PST by jsanders2001
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To: TADSLOS

I wonder if his excellency, who forced the Marines to remove the bolts from their rifles in the Inaugeration Parade is aware of possible armed drones flying about and over his motorcades.


4 posted on 02/15/2013 7:10:47 AM PST by Mouton (108th MI Group.....68-71)
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To: jsanders2001

That automated system already exists.


5 posted on 02/15/2013 7:25:26 AM PST by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: mykroar

I wonder what it would take to bring one of these down?


6 posted on 02/15/2013 7:35:23 AM PST by EricT. (The Second Amendment is Tyrant Control.)
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To: EricT.

A willingness to go to jail for a long time...


7 posted on 02/15/2013 8:02:57 AM PST by stuartcr ("I have habits that are older than the people telling me they're bad for me.")
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To: Mouton

That’s a great point. Sometime soon if not already, the SS will want eyes in the sky armed and ready to unleash hell
on anyone who is deemed a threat.

President postturtle has no choice but to trust SS agents with loaded guns near him so I suspect he will have to abide with an armed drone over his possee.

I wonder how he feels about having guns that near him, especially if he does evil things in the White House as I suspect. Someday an SS agent may decide he is stopping the next hitler.

I would not sleep well.


8 posted on 02/15/2013 8:31:25 AM PST by winodog (Thank you Jesus for the calm in my life)
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To: winodog
“That’s a great point. Sometime soon if not already, the SS will want eyes in the sky armed and ready to unleash hell
on anyone who is deemed a threat.”

I suspect that the SS is already using the ARGUS equipped armed drone shown at 0:26 in the video at this link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGxNyaXfJsA

9 posted on 02/15/2013 9:55:26 AM PST by Seizethecarp (Defend aircraft from "runway kill zone" mini-drone helicopter swarm attacks: www.runwaykillzone.com)
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To: TADSLOS

“The sheriff’s department hasn’t armed its drone, although the ShadowHawk can be equipped with a 40 mm grenade launcher and a 12-guage shotgun. The prospect of armed drones patrolling U.S. skies has alarmed some lawmakers and their constituents. More than a dozen bills have been introduced in Congress and state legislatures to curb drone use and protect privacy.”


10 posted on 02/15/2013 10:28:53 AM PST by Sequoyah101
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To: winodog
the SS will want eyes in the sky armed and ready to unleash hell on anyone who is deemed a threat.

Hobbyists are putting these drones in the sky already. Here is a video of a quad roter drone armed with a machine gun that looks like any one could make.

11 posted on 02/15/2013 11:13:17 AM PST by itsahoot (MSM and Fox free since Nov 1st. If it doesnÂ’t happen here then it didn't happen.)
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To: Sequoyah101
More than a dozen bills have been introduced in Congress and state legislatures to curb drone use and protect privacy.”

All of which can and will be ignored by Emperor Barky in the name of homeland security.

12 posted on 02/15/2013 11:49:32 AM PST by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: itsahoot

That particular video was debunked on FR ( can’t find the thread at the moment) as a clever hoax (the upside down receiver was not functional) but it did provide a visual of likely future mini-drone capabilities.


13 posted on 02/15/2013 12:22:57 PM PST by Seizethecarp (Defend aircraft from "runway kill zone" mini-drone helicopter swarm attacks: www.runwaykillzone.com)
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it did provide a visual of likely future mini-drone capabilities.

Yep. Science fiction becomes fact a lot quicker today than it did 50 years ago.

Nova had a show a couple weeks ago, "Rise of the Drones" worth watching. I never watch PBS but some one alerted me to that show.

14 posted on 02/15/2013 1:11:50 PM PST by itsahoot (MSM and Fox free since Nov 1st. If it doesnÂ’t happen here then it didn't happen.)
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To: winodog

“Someday an SS agent may decide he is stopping the next hitler.” or the pilot of AF1.


15 posted on 02/15/2013 1:52:22 PM PST by Mouton (108th MI Group.....68-71)
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To: stuartcr

When they are eventually armed (and they will be), we should all consider them a clear and present danger.

The sooner we figure out how to take down SkyNet’s killer drones, the better. This isn’t what free people in a free nation should have to worry about.

Again, it may not be today or next week, but it’s coming whether you like it or not.


16 posted on 02/15/2013 6:14:50 PM PST by EricT. (The Second Amendment is Tyrant Control.)
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To: EricT.

Good luck with that.


17 posted on 02/16/2013 12:17:20 PM PST by stuartcr ("I have habits that are older than the people telling me they're bad for me.")
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