Kansas picked as participant in Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program

Kansas picked as participant in Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program

The projects are focused on enabling long-range pipeline inspection, agricultural surveying, and defibrillator delivery by drone.

The Drone Integration Pilot Program (IPP) announced by the Trump administration past year has generated tremendous interest in the U.S. Both state and local governments and drone industry players have applied for the opportunity to have a voice in drone integration: of the hundreds of applications the FAA has selected 10 partners to kick off the program. An application that would have seen Amazon deliver goods by drone to shoppers in New York City was also declined, a person familiar with the matter said. Federal aviation officials say so many people are registering drones and applying for drone pilot licenses, they wonder if. A rigorous process was cited in conjunction with Amazon's rejection, but deputy transportation secretary Jeff Rosen said there were "no losers". The flights will begin in rural areas and the company will share data with the FAA before securing approvals to deliver to more urban locations in Reno.

Nevada also submitted a statewide application that included dozens of partners from Nevada-grown companies and Fortune 50 corporations.

Lawrence provided committee members with information about FAA efforts to enhance UAS airspace authorization and traffic management through the nationwide beta test of the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC), which allows drone operators to request and receive real-time authorization from the agency.

The Cupertino giant said that it has plans to use this testing programme as an opportunity to better Apple Maps after several failures in the past. Zipline's CEO, Keller Rinaudo, said: "Today is an important first step towards bringing Zipline's lifesaving drone delivery technology to the United States..."

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A total of149 bids were drawn from locales looking to host flights at night, flights over people and other drone operations that are now prohibited under U.S. regulations.

Earlier, the department confirmed it had sent two planned rules to the White House to regulate the increased use of unmanned aerial vehicles.

The unmanned aircraft industry has pushed for relaxed restrictions.

"Kansas is once again leading the way on the national and global stage", he said. After both are formally proposed, it could take months before they are finalized.

Top technology companies including Apple, Amazon, Intel and Qualcomm, are said to be taking part in a US drone test initiative announced by President Donald Trump past year, with a slew of new tests starting today.

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