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The FAA Wants to Track Your Drone

Learn about the new rulemaking committee for identifying and tracking drones

June 23, 2017

The FAA has established a drone identification rulemaking committee in order to create standards for remotely identifying and tracking drones.

Meetings run through today in Washington, D.C. Just yesterday, President Trump met with U.S. drone companies to chat about drones, which you can read more about here.

Members of the ID rulemaking committee include representatives from Amazon Prime Air, DJI, GE, Intel, PrecisionHawk, and Verizon (and its recently acquired Skyward). See the full list of companies here.

According to a news release, the rulemaking committee’s tasks are to:
  • Identify, categorize, and recommend available and emerging tech for the remote identification and tracking of UAS.

  • Identify requirements for meeting the security and public safety needs of law enforcement, homeland defense, and national security communities for remote identification and tracking.

  • Evaluate the feasibility and affordability of the available technical solutions, and determine how well they address the needs of law enforcement and air traffic control communities.
While a drone identification system might seem excessive, such a system is necessary for drones to properly and safely integrate into national airspace. In March, DJI released its own proposal for an electronic ID framework for small drones, which was then given to AUVSI. The organization is collecting outlooks on ways to remotely track drones.

“Eventually the recommendations it produces could help pave the way for drone flights over people and beyond visual line-of-sight (BVLOS),” according the FAA in the news release.

In May, the Trump administration drafted a bill that would allow the federal government to monitor, track, seize, and destroy drones that threaten public safety and security. The remote ID system this committee comes up with could potentially be used in situations like this, too.
Featured image: Drew Halverson