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June 23, 2014

Startups Will Star as North Dakota Drone Summit Explores Commercialization

For drone enthusiasts, Grand Forks, N.D., will be the place to be this week, as the state hosts its eighth annual summit featuring Federal Aviation Administration officials as well as speakers from Northrop Grumman and an array of smaller companies in the fledgling unmanned aerial systems (UAS) industry.

Danny Ellis, a spokesman for an Ann Arbor, Mich., start-up called SkySpecs, who’ll be speaking at the summit, said his firm is developing small aerial systems “with a focus on advanced intelligence for applications requiring immediate obstacle avoidance. Our first market and customer is in wind turbine blade inspection.”

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By Tom Curry Posted at 4:25 p.m.
Aviation, Drones

June 19, 2014

Markey Pushes for Privacy Requirements on Drone Operators

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A technician for Deutsche Post DHL prepares a drone to be equipped with a package before a test flight in Bonn, Germany, in December. (Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images)

Sen. Edward J. Markey, D- Mass., has offered an amendment to the “minibus” appropriations bill that would essentially stop the Federal Aviation Administration from implementing, until certain privacy protections are in place, a final rule to allow for civil operation of drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) .

The amendment also would impose certain privacy requirements on drones used by police departments and other law enforcement agencies.

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