As the United States Defense spending austerity, once very popular manufacturer of UAV now needs to find new markets as soon as possible. In this regard, they have set their next goal aimed at the business, and even civilian areas. However, the UAV that could lead to security and privacy issues of the same order of people have had a lot of concerns. Following is the article the main content:
Because the United States Government recently cut their defense spending, United States unmanned aerial vehicle manufacturers now have their eyes more in the United States on local commercial and civil markets.
Previously, unmanned aerial vehicle has been United States military used abroad perform tasks that track and monitor hostile forces on the battlefield. But as defense spending crunch, these manufacturers have to open up more opportunities for the development in the domestic market, including universities, police, and border patrol services, and some enterprises are likely to become potential customers for this product.
In response, the United States Federal Aviation Administration (Federal Aviation Administration) has begun in the United States range finding six suitable experimental playground for UAV, and the test results will ultimately decide whether the UAV could in air traffic is heavy on the United States national airspace into commercial. It is learnt that, after a certain amount of delay after, United States Federal Aviation Administration has begun to major States to collect feedback on this test.
United States Federal Aviation Administration joint planning and Development Director Karlin-Downer (Karlin Toner) local time, said in a congressional hearing to be held on Friday: “in 2015 we are planning expansion of unmanned aircraft in United States territory use, but our focus has always been on of this plan in the ‘ security ‘. ”
Unmanned aerial vehicle manufacturers said they expected an increase in the market demand for unmanned aircraft, and usage of their products in the domestic market will usher in a promotion. Aircraft manufacturer based in California United States hangyu environment company (AeroVironment Inc)-getelin Investor Relations Vice President Steven (Steven Gitlin) says: “United States region has a very large and highly fragmented market opportunities”.
United States hangyu environment company owns many types of unmanned aircraft, one appearance was very similar to a bird. The company disclosed that at present, the company mainly for United States law enforcement sales of products named “Qube”. The model weighs about 5 pounds, priced at US $ 50,000, can be used to threaten areas in the air detection and monitoring, and more.
In fact, the United States military has always been loyal customers of the UAV. In 2013 alone, the military has spent about US $ 3 billion for “unmanned vehicle project” (unmanned vehicle programs). However, the sharp reduction in defense spending forcing the Pentagon to rein in spending on military unmanned aerial vehicle project, and this prompted the UAV manufacturer must find new market demands as soon as possible.
“The unmanned aerial vehicle used in commercial areas will have a significant impact significance” headquartered in Virginia, international unmanned aerial vehicle systems Association (Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International) President Michael Toscano (Michael Toscano) says.
It should be said that United States drones have been applied to many areas of commercial, civil, including a river redevelopment projects, as well as California, Wisconsin farmland spray of an unmanned helicopter test. At present, one of the largest markets in the area of commercial UAV opportunities may come from up to 18,000 law enforcement agencies across the United States, because these departments can use drones to perform many tasks, such as searching for the missing mountain climber or tracking suspects, such as in urban areas.
At the same time, UAV applications to military field also has raised some privacy concerns. Earlier this month, Seattle Mayor Mike-Macquin (Mike McGinn) but we had to because of privacy concerns requires the use of two Seattle police crime no offensive UAV for site monitoring plan.
“The UAV can be used as monitoring tasks for many radical” non-profit organization headquartered in San Francisco, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (Electronic Frontier Foundation) lawyer, Jennifer-Hamelin pool (Jennifer Lynch), he added: “we are at a stage of law enforcement departments are testing unmanned, I think now is the time to discuss the police area can take advantage of unmanned monitoring this issue. ”
Indeed, the unmanned aerial vehicle used in the United States has been subject to laws and regulations strictly limit. But for all that, in accordance with United States Federal Aviation Administration according to the information given, approval for the usage of UAV is also increased in 2007 from 75 per cent to the year 2011 313 times. Current United States law, the UAV can under no circumstances without approval for the work.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Assistant Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics Meath-Cummins (Missy Cummings) says: “technology of tide is hit, but various laws and regulations are constantly hindering efforts to promote the development of science and technology. ”
In this regard, the Federal Government officials explained, “we understand the industry of relevant institutions to develop the sense of laws and regulations, but we want to protect people’s security and privacy. ”
Moreover, public for UAV could not detect another aircraft in busy airspace expressed concern at the potential security issues. In addition, about unmanned aerial vehicles may be hacked after liftoff, and acquired control over unmanned aerial vehicles for illegal surveillance and law enforcement United States citizen also became the focus of current concern to the public.