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UPS Receives FAA Approval to Operate Drones Beyond Line of Sight

UPS has received a major boost for its drone delivery ambitions, as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted it permission to fly its drones beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS) of human operators. This means that UPS can now operate its drones over longer distances and reach more customers without the need for constant monitoring. ( More...

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Joe Keifer 10
This is not going to end well.
morleyss 7
Exactly what I was thinking!
Kent Rebman 7
Think skeet shooting with prizes. :-)
Robert Mack -1
Have considered that but it’s illegal in most if not all states.
MrTommy 6
I'm not sure why this is even NEEDED!
Look at the current UAW strike...the cost of labor is getting outlandish (they are not bright enough to know that higher wages are instant inflation and they make less). So, more and more robotics are the way to go...just ask the AI folks in the movie industry.
Don Wade 6
I wonder if the drones transmit an ADSB signal? That would mean porch pirates don’t have to follow around in cars, just wait in some nearby parking lot and wait.
Maybe the drones switch it off below a certain altitude so the last known location isn’t precise?
Robert Mack 4
Remote ID was supposed to become mandatory 9-16-23 although it looks as if the FAA has suspended delinquent enforcement until 3-16-24. If a drone doesn’t already have the factory-installed ID chip then one would have to buy it to attach to the unit. DJI’s Air 2S, the Mavic 3Pro, and others are equipped - not sure what UPS is using but most likely they would have the latest and greatest tracking software. Drone defense technology will track the drone and also provide the location of the drone operator - it can takeover command of the unit and direct it to law enforcement and send law enforcement to the operator’s location (sorry this is rushed - great nephew has a track meet in 30 minutes) - bye!
Don Wade 2
I guess there will be ghost drones for those who don’t want any remote control or traceability?
Sure, and a VIN is going to stop all car theft. DUI laws will stop drunk drivers and TSA is going to stop issue on planes...the second there is something mandated, someone will find a way around it.
Robert Mack 4
LOL - that is a historical fact!
So if it's recreational BVLOS, it's UNSAFE.

If money is being charged for the flight, SAFE!!!!!!
Robert Mack 2
LOL - you’re right!!!
Tflys1 8
And if you think porch pirates are bad just wait...
Michael Altini 2
you betcha
C J -1
What does this comment even mean?
Matha Goram 3
Is there a weight limit attached to the permission?
Okay, who wants me to send them a copy of Orwell? The police near me are already flying drones outside the line of sight (with or with out the permission of the FAA to solve crimes according the the Sheriff).

I can not wait for one to get shot down as that has already been proven to be "not illegal" in our very gun friendly state.

Lock and load baby, I suggest some nice bird shot nearby.
George had it figured out; just off a little on the timing. Lol
Sam Ledeeman 1
Should we start shooting our iPhones?
Robert Mack 1
Well, I’m an old man and sometimes I would like to. You may already know this but manufacturers and lenders are able to track your automobile through various software programs. I did not know this until about two years ago when I got into the PI/Armed Security/Drone business but there is something called LPR (ever heard of it? License Plate Recognition). A gentleman reached out one day after having a confrontation with a motorist and gave me the auto’s tag#. I ran the tag and a LPR to discover he lived only two blocks away and cautioned about escalating the tension from his bruised ego (I believe he’s still alive so maybe he got over it).
Robert...that is one of the reason I drive what I drive. When I got my new car (Mercedes) we used the computer to not only disable its internal cellular systems, we also physically remove the SIM cards (they are above the rearview mirror). There is no doubt they can track the plate and where my personal phone is or isnt (as long as it is on)...oh, how I miss the days we could take our phone batteries out (I understand replaceable batteries maybe on the comeback - for eco reasons)
Robert Mack 1
Recor10, you’re way ahead of most (me included but I drive a 2003 Ford F150 - my baby - it’s okay to laugh). Get yourself a Faraday Bag - that might help but also a tag cover which may distort whatever the cam may pick up. (It’s an ongoing fight, aint’t it?)
I once brought in a car for service and they told me I was going 160 MPH, and where I was when I was doing it....then tried to deny a warranty claim. I asked them why it was the car was governed at 189 if 160 was too much for the engine...since then, no telemetry.
Who makes these drones? Remember the Chinese made DJI drones that the Air Force was using that were sending pictures and other information to Chinese outposts? They were probably using the cell network.
Robert Mack 1
An article came out about a year ago where Congress was concerned about the Chinese spying on us. Well, this coincided (LOL) with the DOJ / FBI going out and buying several DJI Drones. This gives cause to wonder - through satellite imagery, cyberspace hackers, and more, would that concern have been more about a US manufacturer’s lobbying efforts to restrict the Chinese market here while boosting their manufacturing and sales efforts? Just wondering (maybe I wonder too much).


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