News Round-up

I have a lot of news to catch up on, so here are a few stories on varying topics of interest.

Has DJI joined the fight against ISIS?  Reports indicate software updates have made parts of Syria and Iraq “no fly zones.”  While simple hacking could neutralize these software limitations, it might be in response to recent articles about how ISIS is using UAV.

Frame capture of an ISIS video – allegedly performing recon
Lockheed’s Fury ISR UAS has its first customer.
In flight tests since May 2016, Lockheed Martin’s Fury unmanned aerial system (UAS) has reliably demonstrated more than 12-hour endurance, while simultaneously operating 100 pounds of ISR payloads. Image courtesy Lockheed Martin. (PRNewsfoto/Lockheed Martin)
A legal analysis of FAA regulations related to drones.  This came to my attention through an undergrad classmate of mine and fellow attorney:

 

I’ve written previously about the potential of hacking drones.  Here is an article about a very basic UAV getting hacked.  Obviously more expensive UAV will have better security, but whether using personally or professionally, one must keep in mind cyber threats:

 

Another objective indication that UAS are decreasing costs and risk to employees, this case in regard to oil inspections (previous post on this topic):

 

Northrop Grumman Corp. is the anchor tenant at North Dakota’s Grand Sky Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Business and Aviation Park (see this post about them breaking ground).

  

Cyber in the military context – DroneDefender can be used by military personnel to disrupt the communications systems of hostile UAS.   This article contains a video about DroneDefender.

 

Protonex announced a successful use of their fuel cells and hydrogen fuel for test flights of Boeing’s ScanEagle UAV (see an earlier post about preliminary testing).