Drones to roam America’s skies by 2015

What are these Drones and why is there sudden major hustle and bustle AGAIN about them as of current time?

From a technology perspective, unmanned aircraft, especially the self-piloted kind, are in no doubt awesome. These unmanned aerial systems or Drones are used by the government of America a few years back and have served the government at a large amount. Here’s a recap of what these robots have done and are still at it as of present time: it have served as a game changer in many aspects in the past years, especially for men and women who were and are serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. These systems have provided troops which much important eyes in the sky and have taken fight to the enemy, eliminate some of the most deadly Al Qaeda terrorists. These drones also are to thank for for increasing the United States of America’s capabilities to secure the countries’ borders and aid first respondents.It began as a possibility back in the year 2004 where US Customs and Borders Protection began looking at using Drones. Fast forward to current time. For the record, CBP owns ten UAS aircraft which are used to surveil  tunnels of smuggling of drugs, and assist with the deployment of National Guard resources to local flooding. CBP has flown missions in support of Texas Rangers, US Forest Service, FBI, Border Patrol and others. These unmanned aerial systems have become a force multiplier for military operations and border security.

News have up about these Drones again as of present time. Why is that? The United States of America is now on the edge of a new horizon for Drones are to be officially used within their homeland instead of just foreign lands. It is expected to take off officially two years from now (2015). In 2012, there are about 200 active Certificates of Authorization issued by the Federal Aviation Administration to over 100 different entities, such as law enforcement departments and academic institutions, to fly drones domestically. By Sept. 30, 2015, drones will have to have access to U.S. airspace that is currently reserved for piloted aircraft. This applies to military, commercial and privately owned drones — so it could mean a major increase in unmanned aircraft winging through our airspace. That’s airspace to be shared with airliners, cargo planes and small private aircraft.

With Obama as president again and these drones under his wing, what are some reactions of people especially American citizens?

Unmanned aircraft are going to be a huge part of the future of aviation, but with great technology comes great ethical responsibility. With Obama as president again and these Drones under his wing, what are the reaction of people regarding this unmanned air crafts roaming the skies of their homeland?

“We want more drones, but we want fewer shadow wars. Let’s develop a legal, ethical framework for ensuring that the precedents you set in your second term put us on a path for responsible use of unmanned systems technology. The rest of the world isn’t terribly far behind the U.S. in drone capabilities, and others are going to look at the example you set for how best to deploy it.”
Clay Dillow, contributing writer of PopSci

“American public are just frightened frankly about the use of UAS possibly have invasion of their privacy invasions of their civil rights.” ~Rep. Paul Broun

“The privacy dangers posed by drones are unprecedented in scope and current privacy law is not equipped to deal with them, surveillance drones may soon be in the lives of everyday American citizens if police are allowed to use them with no judicial oversight or privacy protections.” ~Trevor Timm


by Kim Perez


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