Brendan Jacobs
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3 Problems with Amazon’s Drone Airspace Plan

Started Aug 10, 2015 0 Replies

The altitudes are logically broken down into 200ft (max height under a blanket COA), 400ft (max height under a “333 exemption”), and 500ft (generally, the floor of navigable airspace as defined in 14…Continue

DIYer Turns Apple Watch Case into Drone

Started Jun 26, 2015 0 Replies

Finally! A good use for the Apple Watch. Well done, Eirik!…Continue

Drone Flying Near White House Causes Lockdown

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brendan Jacobs May 14, 2015. 2 Replies

Whoever these people are flying near the white house, stop. you're ruining this for everyone else. second incident in like 4 months.…Continue


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Task Force to Propose Free Registration for All Drones Over 9 Ounces

Posted on November 6, 2015 at 6:39am 36 Comments

According to a new report, the 25-member drone task force will recommend mandatory drone registration be “simple and free” and be required for all drones that weigh more than nine ounces.

The task force will recommend users register by entering their name and address into a government-run website or mobile application.

Users will also have to attach a…


Watch: APM-powered MIT Drone Autonomously Avoids Obstacles at 30 MPH

Posted on November 2, 2015 at 2:30pm 11 Comments

Traditional algorithms focused on this problem would use the images captured by each camera, and search through the depth-field at multiple distances - 1 meter, 2 meters, 3 meters, and so on - to determine if an object is in the drone’s path.

Such approaches, however, are computationally intensive, meaning that the drone cannot fly any faster than 5 or 6 miles…


Here Are the 25 Members of the Drone Task Force

Posted on October 29, 2015 at 5:20pm 6 Comments

The Federal Aviation Administration has announced the 25-member task force that will advise the administration on its proposed drone registration rules.

The FAA says the group’s co-chairs are Dave Vos of GoogleX and Earl Lawrence, director of the FAA’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Office.

Amazon has two members on the task force, joining others…


11 Problems with Drone Registration

Posted on October 19, 2015 at 8:27am 14 Comments

Drone lawyer Jonathan Rupprecht shares several obstacles that could be in the way of a drone registration system. Rupprecht believes built-in geofencing will produce far better results than registration by preventing problems as opposed to pointing to who might have done it after something has happened. Here are some potential problems Rupprecht sees with mandatory…


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