US Airspace To Crawl With 7,500 Drones In 5 Years

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The chief of the Federal Aviation Administration predicted Thursday that U.S. airspace could be crowded with as many as 7,500 commercial drones within the next five years. As The Washington Times reports, Michael Huerta said his agency would set up six sites across the country to test drone operators and, in an effort to balance privacy/safety with anarchic airspace drone pollution, he added, "we must fulfill those obligations in a thoughtful, careful manner that ensures safety and promotes economic growth, " as dangerous incidents involving drones have already taken place...

Although they are expected to be used for peaceful purposes such as firefighting and weather tracking - it's causing a lot of concern, as Huerta warns "we need to be responsive to public concerns about privacy." 

You'll never notice it from the ground, but the skies above the US are crowded with roughly five thousand planes at any given moment. The daily total of movements, is up to a whopping 90,000. And dangerous incidents involving drones have already taken place there - as Gayane Chichakyan reveals...


Via Russia Today,

Within the next five years, after appropriate regulations are introduced, whole 7,500 small UAVs will be operating in US airspace, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said at an aerospace news conference in Washington on Thursday.

 

Huerta outlined the ultimate goal of the American drone industry: global leadership that could enable the US to set standards for the industry worldwide.

 

"We recognize that the expanding use of unmanned aircraft presents great opportunities, but it's also true that integrating these aircraft presents significant challenges,"

 

...

 

Huerta shared some interesting statistics on who is using drones in the US the most. He mentioned that apart from synoptics, environmental specialists and educational institutions, there are about 80 law enforcement agencies that operate small size surveillance drones, with the FAA granting each of them public use waivers on a case-by-case basis.

 

“If we’re going to take full advantage of the benefits that we’re talking about from these technologies, we need to be responsive to public concerns about privacy,” Huerta said.

 

Reportedly, not only the FAA, but also Pentagon, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of justice are taking part in a multi-agency group that has also released a comprehensive plan accelerating integration of UAVs into US national airspace. All data gathered by the six test sites will go straight to that interagency group, Huerta said.

And focused on privacy...
(via The Washington Times)

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems, the leading trade group for the nation’s private-sector drone operators, estimated this year that the commercial drone industry will create more than 100,000 jobs and generate more than $82 billion in economic impact over the next 10 years — if the government moves quickly to establish workable operating regulations and safeguards.

 

The impending boom has raised concerns among privacy advocates about how and where drones might be used to collect data. The FAA is requiring future test sites to develop privacy plans and make them available to the public. The policy also requires test site operators to disclose how data will be obtained and used.

 

“Make no mistake about it, privacy is an extremely important issue and it is something that the public has a significant interest and concern over and we need to recognize as an industry that if we are going to take full advantage of the benefits that we are talking about for these technologies we need to be responsive to the public’s concerns about privacy,” Mr. Huerta said.

 

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fightthepower's picture

I would feel much safer if they would just put a chip in me!

lolmao500's picture

So that they can track everyone... and since the NSA collects everything... if you say something bad against the government or the wonderful drones, they can send a missile your way.

markmotive's picture

NSA

Drones

NDAA

Guantanamo

Crooked cops

Crony capitalists

False flags

Etc, etc.

Does anyone trust this sh!t anymore?

TED talk on how the NSA broke the world's trust:

http://www.planbeconomics.com/2013/11/how-nsa-betrayed-worlds-trust-time...

Yes We Can. But Lets Not.'s picture

I operate my own drone.  I use it expressly to pull 'Google is Evil' banners whilst buzzing Google camera cars.  Watch for the banner photo-bomb in future Google street view shots.

Skateboarder's picture

Droney the friendly drone, up in the skies, keepin your streets safe from the evil terriss and their wack plans. The bad part is, the evil terriss is you.

GetZeeGold's picture

 

 

When did we have to turn to RT to hear the real news....when did that happen?

 

I understand it's important worship the supreme leader....but could we please cover other stuff at the same time?

johnQpublic's picture

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9u2Lf0DdzA

 

threadjack with a vid from krugman on sales tax and death panels

start it 1:45 in if you are impatient

GetZeeGold's picture

 

 

I didn't buy the whole "you can keep your insurance if you want" too crap.....but I was really hoping the whole death panels thing wasn't going to happen.

 

Looks like I owe Sarah Palin an apology.

 

I should have known better than to question someone from MkUltra.

HardAssets's picture

<delete>  off topic, sorry

rubiconsolutions's picture

This too shall pass. Americans have the attention span of a Tsetse fly. A couple of years ago people had their panties in a bunch over TSA groping them but you hardly hear a whisper about it today. Already the fact that the NSA is spying on everyone is ancient history and nobody gives a crap. People by in large don't care how much government intrudes into their lives because the mentality is - "I have nothing to hide", an argument that is intellectually hollow.

HL Mencken said -"People don't want freedom. What people want is safety." As long as they feel safe they couldn't care less if their every movement is monitored, recorded and analyzed. This is reflected in their use of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and dozens of other social networking sites. They not only don't care that their privacy is invaded, they do everything in their power to put themselves out there in the public domain for all to see. There's almost an exhibitionist quality about these people. 

If one extrapolates into the not distant future privacy won't exist on any level. Every movement will be monitored not just when you walk the streets but inside your home. And sadly, most folks won't care. 

moneybots's picture

"People by in large don't care how much government intrudes into their lives because the mentality is - "I have nothing to hide", an argument that is intellectually hollow"

 

That is an argument that conservatives have used- if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to worry about.  Now the shoe is on the other foot.

kchrisc's picture

"HL Mencken said -"People don't want freedom. What people want is safety.""

 

The irony is that government is the biggest danger of all.

akak's picture

If you have no privacy and no freedom, you have nothing to hide.

Bangin7GramRocks's picture

So should I stop my morning coffee and masturbation on the deck routine? It really centers me for the day.

akak's picture

So are you drinking the coffee in order to avoid falliing asleep after the self-pleasuring?  A little 'cream in the coffee', as it were?

That is actually an excellent strategy.

falak pema's picture

Cappuccino! 

Goes well with  sugary bread rolls to get your energy back. 

italian sugar bread rolls - Yahoo Image Search Results

Wahooo's picture

Don't worry. If they only float 7500 you'll probably never see one. There's a lot of airspace up there.

snr-moment's picture

Except of course, that they have to land somewhere, so yeah, you probably will.  And there will be other aircraft in the near vicinity.

 

Every seen a small plane that has hit a goose?

Yes We Can. But Lets Not.'s picture

Holy Shit, I think we're next door neighbors!

HardAssets's picture

akak:  "If you have no privacy and no freedom, you have nothing to hide."

The drones are up there to protect us . . . the terryists hate us for our freedoms, you know.

Race Car Driver's picture

> ... the terryists hate us for our freedoms, you know.

The guy who said that has serious mental problems. He paints self-portraits of himself in the bath. Rumor has it his brain is turning to mushier mush and he's drinking again. 

I hope he lives forever ... in a 'Groundhog Day' kinda life.

kchrisc's picture

"If you have no privacy and no freedom, you have nothing to hide."

 

Except your thoughts.

TORNasunder's picture

"If you have no privacy and no freedom, you have nothing to hide."

I have new Meme for ya:

USA

Where you're 1000x more likely to be labeled a terrorist than harmed by one.

Exponere Mendaces's picture

Its all totally fine, I'm sure they're just using it to map gold "deposits" in bodies of water for later reclamation.

 

surf0766's picture

They will be shitting out demerits for language violations.

smlbizman's picture

what the fuck are you fucking talking about? that is such a cunty bullshit statement, i may flag the fucking thing as fucking ofuckingfensive....buddy

superflex's picture

Target rich environment

Seasmoke's picture

HA! 7500.......That should be down to ZERO in 72 hours !

HardAssets's picture

When you have a population with the attention span of a gerbil, just put up another 'story' and the drone thing will drop from collective memory. Use another 'revealed' scandal for the big stuff.  T&A works for the little stuff.

duo's picture

when one of these small drones gets sucked into a commercial jet engine and 300 people are killed, it will be a small price to pay for "safety from terror".

snr-moment's picture

You think that's how the final report will read??

HardAssets's picture

Naw . . . just spin it as an attack . . . and 'justification' for even more drones . . . to keep us 'safe'

Legolas's picture

Wonder how the drones do in snowstorms?  Wonder how the drones do in power down situations?

Inquiring minds would like to know....

 

El Hosel's picture

Wonder how an airplane does when it collides with a drone...

prains's picture

....it seems smog is the solution, so most of your major metro areas should be drone free......*cough*

lolmao500's picture

And that's funny since some drones are as big as airliners.

We all thought we would have flying cars by now... but no, we have flying surveillance drones... ain't that a shitty world? That's what happens when psychopaths run the government.

nmewn's picture

Its just like skeet shooting.

Bearwagon's picture

So we just need to give Kimberly Rhode a call? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim_Rhode
I saw her at the Lodnon Oimplycs. She was ... like... a real woman between lots of dolls.

nmewn's picture

We're gonna need anyone who can shoot "straight" ;-)

Hongcha's picture

The God-Damned things have to land sometime. 

lolmao500's picture

That's why they are working on solar powered drones...

Legolas's picture

Yeah, and then they will have to choose between geo-engineering or spying.  My bet is we will see fewer days of whitewashed skies.

 

Urban Roman's picture

Good idea you've had there, you should patent it.

Dual purpose unmanned aircraft -- they can spy and spew smoke at the same time.!

icanhasbailout's picture

Friend of mine went to his window a few days ago to find a drone looking in.

akak's picture

Are you sure it wasn't just a lost Wal-Mart shopper?

formadesika3's picture

If you see a drone observing you it is important that you act casual and do not run

If you are at a wedding or a funeral, run.

lolmao500's picture

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems, the leading trade group for the nation’s private-sector drone operators, estimated this year that the commercial drone industry will create more than 100,000 jobs and generate more than $82 billion in economic impact over the next 10 years

Who gives a fuck? I mean, I bet the Soviet gulag system created a shitload of jobs too!

If the government was truly representing the people, drones would be banned over America.

snr-moment's picture

Abd Barret rifles will be employing more people too!