U.S. Wants Drones Registered

Posted: Oct 17 2015, 6:14am CDT | by , in News | Technology News

 
U.S. Wants Drones Registered
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The Department of Transportation is planning to announce a task force that will regulate all drones in the U.S.

Drones, used as a hobby or as a weapon for surveillance and destruction, have yet to be regulated in the U.S. The growing popularity of drones spurred mixed emotions among government officials over reports of close calls between the unmanned aerial vehicles and aircrafts. The U.S. government is planning to require new drones to be registered with the U.S. Department of Transportation, according to NBC News.

The new regulation will be announced next week, a representative confirmed to BuzzFeed, who said that a new task force would be created to implement the new requirement. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Federal Aviation Administration chief Michael Huerta will announce the new requirement on Monday.

The regulation will be a welcomed change to a booming industry untouched by regulations or laws. In July, a drone flew too close to a passenger airplane carrying 159 people at the John F. Kennedy International Airport. The UAV, according to reports, was flying 100 feet away from the aircraft. The safe separation distance between aircrafts is at least 1,000 feet.

Drones were also blamed for obstructing a firefighting aircraft in July. The firefighting operation was hampered when drones flew over a wildfire in California. "This was an immediate threat to the safety of those firefighters in the air. It could kill them," officials said. "So the air attack made the decision immediately to call off the lead plane and the helicopters and they headed to the east and went into an orbit."

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