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With the need to authorize the FAA before September 30 of this year, a host of GA leaders have joined together to send letters to House and Senate transportation leaders underscoring their, “real and long-standing concerns” regarding a concept being pushed by some big airlines regarding ATC. Specifically, the organizations cited concerns over a proposal promoted by some big airlines for the creation of “a new governance and funding model for our nation's aviation system, based on systems in other parts of the world. In a memo dated March 7, 2017, the FAA asks its Drone Advisory Committee (DAC) - Task Group 3 to explore ways to increase funding for the integration of UAVs into the National Airspace. "The FAA would welcome consideration of a broad array of options, including industry assuming a lead role for certa
Thought To Be Robot Designed To Secure Recovered Boosters
During a helicopter tour of Florida's Space Coast, self-proclaimed space fan Stephen Marr saw something interesting on the deck of SpaceX's drone recovery ship. So he started shooting photos with a telephoto lens.
Will Be Used For Scaling Up Production Of Electron Rocket
Rocket Lab, a private American-New Zealand space company, today announced closing a Series D financing round of $75 million (USD). The round was led by Data Collective, with additional investment from Promus Ventures and an undisclosed investor, and with renewed participation from Bessemer Venture Partners, Khosla Ventures and K1W1. The closure of the round brings the total funding Rocket Lab has received to date to $148 million, with the company now valued in excess of $1 billion.
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The third aircraft in the Cessna Citation Longitude flight test program recently completed its first flight. Test pilots Corey Eckhart and UJ Pesonen, along with flight test engineer Mike Bradfield, successfully tested various systems throughout the one-hour and 40-minute flight. The aircraft will be used in the program for avionics and systems development, as well as collecting flight simulator data. The company has started assembly line flow in the company’s east campus Plant IV manufacturing facility, with the first four production Longitude aircraft currently in progress. In July of 2015, Calgary, Canada business owner Daniel Boria tied 100 industrial-grade helium balloons to a lawn chair and took off over the city in a stunt that he said was intended to promote his cleaning business. Last week, however, provincial court Judge Bruce Fraser assessed a hefty fine again
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The Canadian government has recently released new regulations for recreational drone operators that carry hefty penalties for violators... Even more so than those here in the US. The new rules apply to aircraft weighing between about half a pound and 77 pounds being flown non-commercially. Under the rules, recreational drones may not be flown higher than 90 meters above the ground; closer than 75 meters from buildings, vehicles, vessels, animals, people/crowds; and closer than 9 kilometers from the center of any "aerodrome"... defined as anywhere that aircraft take off and land. The rules also prohibit flight in controlled or restricted airspace, within about 5.6 miles of a forest fire, or anywhere the aircraft could interfere with police or first responders. Positing that we need anti-drone instruments, the folks of the TU Delft Micro Air Vehicle Lab (MAVLab) will