The People's Drones →
Is a robot arms race upon us? And is a check on power open-source drones for the masses? Interesting questions.
Look, Up In The Sky! It's A Drone, Looking At You →
An NPR piece on civilian uses of drones drawing fire from some quarters. Again, read the comments if you want to see how a section of the audience is reacting to this idea. — Matt Waite
Q&A on Drone Journalism →
Ben Welsh, a developer at the LA Times and a friend, asked me some questions about the lab and put them on his personal blog. He asks about our plans, our funding and the reaction we got at the News Foo camp in Phoenix this weekend. — Matt Waite
What is drone journalism?
With the FAA set to open the nation’s airways to civilian unmanned aircraft, the potential uses for drones outside of the military are starting to open up. And that raises a question: Could you do journalism from a drone? That’s a question we want to try and answer at the Drone Journalism Lab at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Journalism and Mass Communications....
FAA Fact Sheet - Unmanned Aircraft Systems →
“The design of many UASs makes them difficult to see and adequate “detect, sense and avoid” technology is years away. Decisions being made about UAS airworthiness and operational requirements must fully address safety implications of UASs flying in the same airspace as manned aircraft, and perhaps more importantly, aircraft with passengers.”
Look! Up in the sky! It's a drone. →
And the response to the FAA opening the airways to drones starts here. Note the comments as well. If drones are to be a tool for journalists, they’re going to have to answer questions and criticisms like these.
Idea of civilians using drone aircraft may soon... →
The Federal Aviation Administration will propose rules for civilian drone use in January, opening the door for drone use outside of the military. But questions ranging from detection and avoidance technology to privacy concerns are all still open.