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Hackensack Police Launch Cutting-edge Drone First Responder Program to Boost Public Safety

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Hackensack NJ, the Hackensack Police are launching a cutting-edge Drone First Responder program to boost public safety. These drones will speed up emergency response, enhance security, and protect your privacy. These drones will speed up emergency response, enhance security, and protect your privacy.

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Former Inmate Admits Role in Scheme to Use Drones to Smuggle Contraband into Fort Dix Federal Prison

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Linden NJ, A Union County, man today admitted his role in a scheme to use drones to smuggle contraband, including cell phones and tobacco, into the federal correctional facility at Fort Dix, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.

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NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Succeeds in Historic First Flight

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MARS, Monday, NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter became the first aircraft in history to make a powered, controlled flight on another planet. The Ingenuity team at the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California confirmed the flight succeeded after receiving data from the helicopter via NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover at 6:46 a.m. EDT (3:46 a.m. PDT).

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UK to Build World’s First Airport For Flying Cars And Drones

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Coventry UK, Urban Air Port will build its first Air-One transport hub for autonomous delivery drones and electric flying cars in Coventry, UK. The facility will launch later this year and support delivery drone and air taxi technology, and it will eventually transport cargo and people across cities. Urban Air Port aims to install over 200 similar sites worldwide by 2025.

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Drones to Make it Rain?

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UAE, the United Arab Emirates is testing drones that can make clouds produce rain by giving them an electric shock. Cloud-seeding technology is already used in the country, but the UAE wants to generate more rain. The country only averages 100mm of rain per year. In 2017, the government provided $15m (£10.8m) for nine different rain-enhancement projects.

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NASA’s Mars Rover Successfully Touches Down on Mars

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Ridgewood NJ, Perseverance successfully landed on Mars on Thursday at around 3:55 PM ET. It is the fifth rover to land on Mars. The rover will now begin its two-year mission to roam the surface of the planet and search for signs of ancient microbial life. It will spend the next few days taking pictures of the Jezero Crater, where it landed. Jezero’s lakebed is one of the best places to look for biosignatures. The rover is also carrying Ingenuity, a small helicopter, which could be the first controlled aircraft on another planet. Earlier this month, spacecraft launched from the United Arab Emirates and China reached Mars and moved into orbit around the planet.

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Drone Pizza Delivery , the Next Big Thing

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Ridgewood NJ,  drone package or even pizza delivery may be right around the corner . The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced final rules for Unmanned Aircraft (UA), commonly known as drones. The new rules will require Remote Identification (Remote ID) of drones and allow operators of small drones to fly over people and at night under certain conditions. These rules come at a time when drones represent the fastest-growing segment in the entire transportation sector – with currently over 1.7 million drone registrations and 203,000 FAA-certificated remote pilots.

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EagleHawk’s Drone-Enabled COVID19 Disinfectant Spraying

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Buffalo NY, EagleHawk is now offering drone-enabled disinfectant spraying services for large public and private venues.  The current and unprecedented global crisis caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus and associated COVID-19 illness is changing the way people view the importance of facility cleanliness and the new normal is going to require higher levels of vigilance on cleanliness and sanitation. Large public gathering areas, such as stadiums and arenas, will need to be disinfected on a regular basis for the public to feel comfortable attending events again. Common methods of disinfection, including using crews of people to clean and disinfect areas by hand, are time consuming and too costly to scale across large areas.

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New Jersey Looks to Ban ” Drunk Droning “

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December 5,2017

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Ridgewood NJ, drones have become a multi billion-dollar industry , the New Jersey Legislature is considering steps to criminalize some of the more troublesome uses of the gadgets. Sen. Paul Sarlo, D-Wood-Ridge, is sponsoring a bill that would make drunk drone flying illegal.

Under the Sarlo bill, operating a drone while under the influence of drugs or alcohol would be a disorderly persons offense, as would using a drone to harm wildlife or endanger people or property.

The bill would impose a range of restrictions on operating drones, barring residents from using the robots to harm humans or snatch up animals. Flying drones while drunk or on drugs would be made illegal. Violating the rules would be a disorderly persons offense, punishable with up to six months in prison, a fine of up to $1,000, or both.

Should the measure, A-5205, be signed into law by Gov. Chris Christie, it would be New Jersey’s first state-wide law regulating drones. According to a statement from Sen. Paul Sarlo, D-Wood-Ridge, “Drones have become increasingly disruptive, causing near-misses with airplanes, interfering with firefighter operations and being used to smuggle drugs and other contraband into prisons,”

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It’s Christmas, which means people are crashing brand new drones, Especially dads

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By Sean O’Kane

on December 25, 2015 11:59 am

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If hoverboards are this year’s most buzzed-about holiday gift, drones are probably a close second. They were a big hit last year, and that appears to be the case again this year — even if this time around, the new drone owners will have to register their new toys with the FAA.

The next best thing to opening one on Christmas morning is basking in the glory of watching people crash them, and if you’re hungry for some drone crash schadenfreude, nothing beats seeing one happen from the drone’s perspective.

https://www.theverge.com/tldr/2015/12/25/10665372/christmas-drone-crashes-dads

 

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Report: Top secret Clinton emails covered drones

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August 14, 2015, 08:13 am
By Jesse Byrnes

The two “top secret” emails under review from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private server include discussion of an article about a U.S. drone operation, the Associated Press reported Friday.

While the U.S. drone program has been widely reported on, the article references classified information and a Clinton adviser follows up “in a way that could possibly be inferred as confirmation,” the AP said, citing intelligence officials.

Officials offered the AP different accounts of the second email, saying it could improperly acknowledge classified information or merely show that different individuals separately got the same information.

Clinton, now a Democratic presidential candidate, earlier this week said her aides were handing over her private email server and a backup thumb drive to the Justice Department.

That news came hours after Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) sent a memo to a handful of lawmakers confirming that the Office of the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community found four “highly classified” emails out of a batch of 40.

https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/251117-report-top-secret-clinton-emails-covered-drones

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Drone Spotted In Path Of Planes At Newark Liberty International Airport

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August 9, 2015 11:12 PM

NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Another drone was reported Sunday in the path of several flights at a Tri-State Area airport.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said a drone was found on the final approach path to Runway 4 Right at Newark Liberty International Airport between noon and 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

As CBS2’s Hazel Sanchez reported, air traffic control tower audio captured the disturbing incident.

“Attention all aircraft use caution,” an air traffic controller warns. “Drone activity reported left side.”

The drone was spotted by the pilots of four commercial flights, which were between 2,000 and 3,000 feet in the air and between eight and 13 miles from the airport at the time, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

The flights were ExpressJet 3267, an Embraer E145; Northwest Airlink 5837, an Embraer E170; United Airlines 107, a Boeing 767; and United Airlines 1210, a Boeing 737, the FAA said.

https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2015/08/09/newark-airport-drone/

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Concerns about civil liberties in the air as Bergen seeks to use drones

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Bergen County’s recent bid to be the first county in New Jersey to add drones to its toolbox for handling emergencies comes amid a growing national debate over the use of unmanned flying machines by government agencies.

Leaders of the county’s emergency management operation are seeking freeholder approval to acquire two drones, which would be used for purposes ranging from finding a lost child to getting a bird’s-eye view of a fire or disaster.

Civil liberties advocates say that’s fine. But they worry that what they termed “mission creep” could open the door to other uses for the new technology and lead to questions of who is watching whom and for what purpose.

https://www.northjersey.com/news/concerns-about-civil-liberties-in-the-air-as-bergen-seeks-to-use-drones-1.1361322

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Drone to be used at Ridgewood High School

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June 22,2015
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Ridgewood NJ, An item on the Ridgewood BOE’s meeting agenda for June 22, 2015 reads as follows:

“Acceptance of a gift in kind from the RHS HSA of a Go Pro [DJI] Phantom 2 Quadcopter to be used to film activities at Ridgewood High School.”

Say what?Who is going to be flying this drone and will students be present while it is in use?

This is a very big lawsuit waiting to happen.  Even experienced pilots frequently crash these devices.

Remember what happened to Enrique Igleslias!

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3104747/Enrique-Iglesias-recovering-fingers-sliced-concert.html

But what happens when a UAV filming a sporting event or wedding loses control and hits bystanders? Who is at fault, legally speaking? Fast Company reached out to experts in order to find out—and the consensus is, at the very least, the pilot will have a lot of explaining to do.  https://www.fastcompany.com/3028781/what-happens-when-a-drone-crashes
Gerald C. Sterns, a California-based aviation and personal injury lawyer, says that common law offered the best precedents. “My analogy and best estimate would be a common law and a judge would find if you bang someone in the head, [such as with] a non-domesticated animal who caused damage to another,” Sterns said. “The owner claimed he wasn’t negligent, the animal got out. The judge said it didn’t matter. If you keep a wild animal you do so at your peril. A judge might view drones causing damage as no different than the non-domesticated animal causing damage.” https://www.fastcompany.com/3028781/what-happens-when-a-drone-crashes

Negligence was also broached with Florida aviation attorney Timothy Ravich. He said the operator of a small UAV that loses control and accidentally injures an individual could be named as a defendant in a trial. Though the question of liability is up to a judge and jury, the vehicle’s loss of control could lead to charges of negligence—charges that, depending on the specifics of the situation, could also lead to the UAV’s manufacturer and event organizers being named as defendants as well. In addition, intentionally injuring bystanders with a UAV brings up separate issues of criminal law. https://www.fastcompany.com/3028781/what-happens-when-a-drone-crashes