As commercial space travel approaches, FAA issues recommendations

NASA isn’t the only federal player in space travel anymore. As commercial space travel gets closer to reality, the Federal Aviation Administration released a framework of recommended practices for human space flight safety.

Is the FAA organized for NextGen success?

Aviation industry leaders are optimistic about the state of current U.S. air traffic control systems, but they are also concerned about the ability of the Federal Aviation Administration to put new, technology-driven systems in place.

Will funding issues force FAA’s NextGen into a holding pattern?

The FAA’s Next Generation Air Transportation System, called NextGen, is a monumental effort to modernize air travel in the United States. But after a decade of development work and a fair amount of progress at 1,600 airports around the country, funding issues could delay the full promise of NextGen.

FAA allows use of drones in search for missing Texas woman

Christina Marie Morris of Fort Worth, Texas was last seen in Plano, Texas, Aug. 30, and after more than 10 days of searching on foot, by car and on horseback, the search will take to the skies via drone.

What to expect at NIST’s Global Cities Challenge

The Internet of Things, and the ways cities can leverage this emerging technology, is evolving at a rapid pace. Some cities have embraced it fully, while others are trying to keep up. Sokwoo Rhee, a presidential innovation fellow who is working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, hopes to close that gap during an upcoming conference where innovators will meet with global city planners in order to bring everyone up to speed. Rhee on Friday laid out the plans for NIST’s Global Cities Challenge, which will be held later this month at the agency’s Gaithersburg, Maryland, headquarters. The…

Preparing for America’s ‘next great industry’: Drones

As the Federal Aviation Administration conducts tests and reaches out to universities to research the integration of unmanned aircraft systems into the national airspace, commercial and recreational enthusiasts are not waiting for the agency’s 2015 deadline – they’re making sure the industry is ready when that day comes.

NHTSA begins to explore vehicle-to-vehicle communications

Technology that could save more than 1,000 lives on the road per year is one step closer to reality after the Transportation Department’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released an advance notice of proposed rule-making about vehicle-to-vehicle communications technology.

FAA looks to create Center of Excellence for drone research

Now that the Federal Aviation Administration has opened all of its unmanned aircraft systems test sites, the agency will attempt to increase its information-gathering capability by partnering with universities to create a UAS center of excellence.

Inside the FAA’s newest drone test site

The sixth and final Federal Aviation Administration-approved testing facility for unmanned aircraft systems became officially operational Wednesday in Blacksburg, Virginia.

FAA’s 5th UAS test facility opens in New York state

The Federal Aviation Administration announced Thursday it has started testing unmanned aircraft systems at a fifth test facility.

The site, based out of Griffiss International Airport in Rome, N.Y., will operate at least until February of 2017, and will focus on evaluating drone-based scouting methods for agriculture uses.

FAA rule for model aircraft too narrow, commenters say

As the Federal Aviation Administration prepares to issue guidelines for how it will handle unmanned aircraft systems, the agency is tightening what constitutes a model aircraft so there’s no confusion between the two.

Commerce IG: NOAA needs to better protect its satellite data

A Commerce Department report says NOAA has had data breaches from satellite programs in the past few years.

Dan Morgan debuts as DOT’s first chief data officer

The Transportation Department’s first-ever chief data officer, Dan Morgan, officially joined the the department to head its data expansion efforts Monday.

NASA, FAA team up to improve air traffic control

The Federal Aviation Administration is getting some help from NASA to make air traffic controlling more efficient.

Amazon files for FAA exemption for delivery drones

In December, Amazon’s CEO announced the company was exploring a drone-based delivery service that could deliver some packages in as quickly as 30 minutes. Less than a year later, the company is ready to take that plan to the next level. In a letter Wednesday to the Federal Aviation Administration, the online shopping giant requested an exemption under section 333 of the 2012 FAA Modernization and Reform Act to operate an unmanned aircraft system before the agency’s official guidelines are released.  “Amazon shares Congress’ goal of getting small aerial vehicles (a.k.a., small unmanned aircraft systems, or “sUAS”) flying commercially in the United States…

FAA will not meet deadline for unmanned aircraft

The Federal Aviation Administration will miss its September 2015 deadline to integrate unmanned aircraft systems into American skies due to significant technological, regulatory and privacy barriers preventing the safe integration of UAS into the national airspace system, according to an audit report from the agency’s Inspector General’s office.

Public service draws innovators to federal IT

The desire to serve the public and help people solve difficult problems is what attracts professionals to today’s federal IT workforce, according to a group of senior government technology leaders in an exclusive series of video interviews with FedScoop.

National Park Service issues temporary ban on drones

The next time you’re taking family photos at the Grand Canyon, you won’t have to worry about an unmanned aircraft photobombing you – at least not for now. In a policy memorandum released today, Jonathan Jarvis, the director of the National Park Service, directed park superintendents to “prohibit launching, landing or operating unmanned aircraft, commonly referred to as drones, on lands and waters administered by the National Park Service.”

Drones — not just for the military anymore

Many Americans may look at UAVs, popularly referred to as drones, as modern weapons of war. Because of that, the thought of the futuristic systems flying around stateside tends to worry people. But the UAVs used for defense purpose and those that may one day may buzz aoound American skies are very different, and for many commercial industries, they may revolutionize the ways they work.

Drones may be going to Hollywood

The Motion Picture Association of America has petitioned the Federal Aviation Administration for permission to fly drones during film production. But the FAA says the rules aren’t quite ready yet.

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