drones http://kut.org en Drones Approved: FAA Gives OK To First Commercial Use Over Land http://kut.org/post/drones-approved-faa-gives-ok-first-commercial-use-over-land The Federal Aviation Administration says it has issued the first permit in its history for an unmanned aircraft to fly over U.S. soil. Oil company BP will use a drone from the company AeroVironment to conduct surveys in Alaska.<p>The first drone flights under the recently issued waiver have already taken place, the FAA says.<p>From the agency's news release:<p><blockquote><p>"The FAA issued a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization to survey BP pipelines, roads and equipment at Prudhoe Bay, AK, the largest oilfield in the United States. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 16:27:38 +0000 Bill Chappell, NPR 10569 at http://kut.org Drones Approved: FAA Gives OK To First Commercial Use Over Land As Drones Fly In Cities And Yards, So Do The Complaints http://kut.org/post/drones-fly-cities-and-yards-so-do-complaints The price of drones is dropping — a decent one could cost you $300 — but the reality of the devices flying around cities and neighborhoods doesn't sit well with a lot of Americans.<p>Are they just paranoid?<p>Three months ago, when Michael Kirschner and his wife purchased a new condo in San Francisco, they were not concerned about drones. Mon, 12 May 2014 21:32:31 +0000 Laura Sydell 10403 at http://kut.org As Drones Fly In Cities And Yards, So Do The Complaints White House Will Let Senators Read Secret Drone Memo http://kut.org/post/white-house-will-let-senators-read-secret-drone-memo The White House has decided that it will let Senators read a secret memo that makes the legal case for the government's ability to target Americans abroad using a drone strike.<p>NPR's Carrie Johnson tells our Newscast unit that the move is designed to head off a confirmation battle over one of its judicial nominees.<p>Carrie filed this report:<p><blockquote><p>"A Republican Senator and the American Civil Liberties Union have joined forces to try to block David Barron from serving as a federal appeals court judge.<p>"Barron — a former Justice Department lawyer — signed off on a legal justifica Tue, 06 May 2014 21:23:02 +0000 Eyder Peralta 10365 at http://kut.org White House Will Let Senators Read Secret Drone Memo Feds Pick Texas As One of Six Drone Testing Sites http://kut.org/post/feds-pick-texas-one-six-drone-testing-sites <p><strong>Update 12/30/13:&nbsp;</strong>The Federal Aviation Administration <a href="http://www.faa.gov/news/updates/?newsId=75399">has selected</a> Texas A&amp;M - Corpus Christi as one of six drone testing sites across the U.S. The FAA says the Corpus Christi site "p<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 17px;">lans to develop system safety requirements for UAS vehicles and operations with a goal of protocols and procedures for airworthiness testing."&nbsp;</span></p><p>Sites in Alaska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota and Virginia were also chosen.</p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 17px;">Hear more about A&amp;M's drone plans in the interview below.</span></p><p><strong>Original story 10/09/13:</strong> From Manhattan to Afghanistan, drones have become big news and big business.&nbsp;Now, there’s a move to turn the skies over Texas into one of the world’s leading drone test sites.&nbsp;</p><p>KUT’s David Brown talks with Ron George, a <a href="http://research.tamucc.edu/index.html">senior research development officer</a> at Texas A&amp;M-Corpus Christi&nbsp;, and one of the planners of <a href="http://www.tamucc.edu/news/2013/10/100113%20Command%20and%20Control%20Center.html#.UlV_jaSYaQ5">a new drone development center</a>.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F114442412" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 16:12:28 +0000 Emily Donahue 8888 at http://kut.org Feds Pick Texas As One of Six Drone Testing Sites Amazon's Drone Has Many Asking 'What Could Go Wrong?' http://kut.org/post/amazons-drone-has-many-asking-what-could-go-wrong The news that Amazon is hoping to one day <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/12/02/248170316/drone-delivery-amazon-says-a-new-era-looms" target="_blank">use semi-autonomous drones to deliver small packages</a> to customers has many asking a familiar question:<p><strong>What could go wrong?</strong><p><a href="https://twitter.com/mtill50/status/407315579725701120" target="_blank">Check this tweet</a>:<p><blockquote><p>"An Amazon drone!? What could go wrong?! Mon, 02 Dec 2013 21:38:05 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 9298 at http://kut.org Amazon's Drone Has Many Asking 'What Could Go Wrong?' UT Engineering Students Develop Drone Software for NASA http://kut.org/post/ut-engineering-students-develop-drone-software-nasa <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New unmanned aerial vehicles – better known as drones – could soon roam over the Arctic and Polar regions of the planet. And at the University of Texas, engineering students aren’t working on the planes themselves, but rather the autonomous flight capability of the unmanned aircraft.</span></p><p>UT grad students at the <a href="http://www.engr.utexas.edu/">Cockrell School of Engineering</a> recently headed out to an open field with a movable sensor – called a rover –and a small drone aircraft to perform a test flight. The drone was programmed with an operating system that charts a path for performing a task, also known as an algorithm. It instructed the drone to follow the rover, which acted as a moving target.</p><p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 14:25:00 +0000 Matthew Alvarez 9023 at http://kut.org UT Engineering Students Develop Drone Software for NASA Watch: A Drone's-Eye View of Downtown Austin http://kut.org/post/watch-drones-eye-view-downtown-austin <p>The prospect of drone-dotted skies across Texas isn’t such a far-off thought.</p><p>The technology exists, and Gov. Rick Perry even signed a <a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/Text.aspx?LegSess=83R&amp;Bill=HB912">law regulating their use</a> last week.</p><p>While&nbsp;the legislation provides some oversight, it carves out some strange exceptions. And the burgeoning industry is waiting for the FAA to establish federal regulation. Fri, 21 Jun 2013 18:58:38 +0000 Andrew Weber 8193 at http://kut.org Watch: A Drone's-Eye View of Downtown Austin 83rd Lege's Regular Session: What Happened, What Didn't http://kut.org/post/83rd-leges-regular-session-what-happened-what-didnt <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.35; box-sizing: border-box; ">It's been a whirlwind of an end to the 83rd Legislature's regular session, and with Monday's announcement of a special session, lawmakers aren't done.&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.35; box-sizing: border-box; ">Here's a look at the deals reached and the measures that fell short during the 140 days of the regular session</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-famil Tue, 28 May 2013 15:54:37 +0000 Texas Tribune Staff 7904 at http://kut.org 83rd Lege's Regular Session: What Happened, What Didn't Holder Acknowledges U.S. Citizens Killed in Drone Strikes http://kut.org/post/holder-acknowledges-us-citizens-killed-drone-strikes For the first time, the U.S. government has acknowledged killing four American citizens in lethal drone strikes far outside traditional battlefields, confirming information that had been widely known but has only recently been unclassified under orders of the president.<p>Attorney General Eric Holder sent a letter to Congress on Wednesday explaining that only one of the four dead U.S. citizens was explicitly targeted. Wed, 22 May 2013 22:07:50 +0000 Carrie Johnson, NPR 7845 at http://kut.org Holder Acknowledges U.S. Citizens Killed in Drone Strikes House Votes to Limit Drone Use http://kut.org/post/house-votes-limit-drone-use <p></p><p>The Texas House passed a bill last night that could limit the use of aerial drones by both law enforcement and private citizens.</p><p><a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/lance-gooden/">Rep. Lance Gooden</a>, R-Terrell, points out that police need a warrant to enter private property, and says his bill would provide the same requirement for law enforcement using drones.</p> Fri, 10 May 2013 18:15:20 +0000 Andrew Weber 7677 at http://kut.org House Votes to Limit Drone Use In Al-Qaida Document, 22 Tips To Avoid Drones Strikes http://kut.org/post/al-qaida-document-22-tips-avoid-drones-strikes As al-Qaida extremists streamed out of Timbuktu, they left behind a curious document and <a href="http://world.time.com/2013/02/21/al-qaeda-tipsheet-on-avoiding-drones-found-in-mali/">the Associated Press got its hands on it</a>.<p>It's written by Abdallah bin Muhammad, a senior commander of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, the Yemeni arm of the group, and it includes 22 bulleted tips on how to evade drone strikes.<p>Some tips are obvious: No. 10: "... Hide under thick trees because they are the best cover against the planes." Or No. Fri, 22 Feb 2013 20:33:59 +0000 Eyder Peralta 6717 at http://kut.org In Al-Qaida Document, 22 Tips To Avoid Drones Strikes President Pledges Transparency on Drone Strikes http://kut.org/post/president-pledges-transparency-drone-strikes In an apparent reference to U.S. Wed, 13 Feb 2013 16:21:55 +0000 Scott Neuman 6578 at http://kut.org President Pledges Transparency on Drone Strikes Death By Drone, And The Sliding Scale Of Presidential Power http://kut.org/post/death-drone-sliding-scale-presidential-power The controversy over President Obama's targeted-killings-by-drone policy is a reminder that the default position of presidents in times of crisis is generally to side with national security over civil liberties.<p>Whether it has been Great Emancipator Abraham Lincoln sidestepping Congress and suspending habeas corpus to enable the arrests of scores of Confederate sympathizers, or that great liberal Franklin D. Fri, 08 Feb 2013 21:29:31 +0000 Frank James, NPR 6527 at http://kut.org Death By Drone, And The Sliding Scale Of Presidential Power Drone Program Under Scrutiny As CIA Nominee Testifies http://kut.org/post/drone-program-under-scrutiny-cia-nominee-testifies <strong>Update at 5:35 pm ET. Thu, 07 Feb 2013 20:50:36 +0000 6505 at http://kut.org Drone Program Under Scrutiny As CIA Nominee Testifies 5 Questions About Justice Department Memo On Targeted Killings http://kut.org/post/five-questions-about-justice-department-memo-targeted-killings A confidential Justice Department memo obtained by <a href="http://openchannel.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/02/04/16843014-exclusive-justice-department-memo-reveals-legal-case-for-drone-strikes-on-americans?lite" target="_blank">NBC News</a> outlines legal theories the Obama administration has used to justify killing American citizens abroad. Tue, 05 Feb 2013 21:28:22 +0000 6473 at http://kut.org Lege Could Ban Drone Surveillance of Private Property http://kut.org/post/lege-could-ban-drone-surveillance-private-property <p>A drone, no bigger than a toy airplane, hovered north of the Texas Capitol, floating over the heads of lawmakers momentarily distracted from their morning meetings. Several of them gathered beneath it, faces tilted skyward, marveling over a pair of goggles that allowed them to watch live video of the drone’s panoramic bird’s eye view.</p> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 17:58:07 +0000 Emily Ramshaw, Texas Tribune 6451 at http://kut.org Lege Could Ban Drone Surveillance of Private Property United Nations Launches Investigation Into U.S. Drone Program http://kut.org/post/un-launches-investigation-us-drone-program The United Nations' special rapporteur for human rights and counterterrorism launched an investigation Thursday into the United States' targeted killing program.<p>Ben Emmerson, from Britain, will lead the inquiry, which will focus on the civilian effect of the program as well, as the legal framework governing drone attacks.<p><a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/24/us-un-drones-idUSBRE90N0VK20130124">Reuters explains:</a><p><blockquote><p>"The inquiry, announced in London, will investigate 25 drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Afghanistan and the Palestinian territories.<p> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 19:32:44 +0000 6329 at http://kut.org United Nations Launches Investigation Into U.S. Drone Program