I am new here so I apologize if I don't know the rules or am terribly misinformed.
I wanted to know if there were legal implications associated with autonomous drones.
In the sense that I would like to have the public capability of telling anyone on the street that my aircraft can be programmed to fly anywhere in a certain radius. You look at map, pick a starting point and an ending point.
Clearly this sounds like it could lead to "terrorism" just thinking about this vexes me and I just want to go back in time and stop whoever got this whole terrorism crap started which prevents many things which are intended for scientific purposes to be suspected as a "bad thing".
Anyway, I would appreciate it if someone informed me of what a public operator would need to operate an autonomous drone, because what I described above is basically my venture and I want to know that it is legal.
Would I need to "Train" potential operators and certify them? Or would they need to sign papers saying "I will not mis-use this item"...
Thank you for your time.
As long as you are following model airplane rules/recommendation you should be fine, since there is to my knowledge no US laws covering hobby/private UAV's yet.
The most important ones would be:
- Do not fly over populated areas
- Stay below 400 feet
- Always fly in line of sight
The only restrictions I'm aware of with hobby aircraft are the ones you see with GPS modules.
"Most modules permit NMEA output only when the module is traveling under 515 m/s AND when its at an altitude of under 60,000 ft (18,000 m). This is to prevent the modules from being used for military use." -Adafruit For the record, that is approximately at an 11 mile altitude and traveling at over 1,000 miles per hour. I don't think any project featured here can even remotely exceed those specs.
Other than that, what John Birkeland said, and as long as you don't have any weapons on there, you're fine.
I just wanted to mention this part too. My intention was fully autonomous no rc module.
Simply a computer with the software loaded in it and a plane with a USB cable.
I read under the description of a UAV "piloted by rc on take off and landing then switched to GPS" ...
There are no restrictions on "distributing" as you put it, an entire working aircraft, unless you are looking at exporting.
Nor would the "private operators" require any kind of licensing if they fly under the recreational designation as has been mentioned above.
That is excellent. Fantastic.
Just a last question, if the operators were to violate the rules. Who's held liable?
Woa, woa, woa... I just read your post about no R/C!
Not recommended (not at all safe) and I believe that may even violate some regulations.
The ability to regain manual control is a must!
How could the supplier be held negligent? (unless the action was forseeable, I guess)
Could Ford be held liable if someone drove a car in a dangerous manner, "violating the rules"?
Ok so some form of radio control is required, even if a basic one (up down left right and throttle).
Thank you very much for your time.
I see your point regarding Mr. Ford
I am curious why there is a limitation on what the "public" can do...
I mean what if we "the public" are capable of building hypersonic hybrid aircraft that can go into space. I have heard of certain frequencies being used into space using Quadrifilar antennas.
Let's assume that the "public" was not intending to do any damage but instead wanted to have a glimpse into space by his own doing not something broad casted by "NASA" or said "professionals".
This is no longer related to my original question specifically but the sky is really, really big, I mean I don't think that the chances of hitting other objects are that likely.
I guess it isn't illegal but a hassle