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Arts and Entertainment
3:21 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

The First Drone Film Festival

Randy Scott Slavin's aerial video of New York City, shot with a drone, inspired him to start the New York City Drone Film Festival. (Screenshot from Vimeo)

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 3:37 pm

The very first drone film festival takes place in New York City tomorrow night. Here & Now’s tech partner, IEEE Spectrum, sent David Schneider to investigate what all the buzz was about.

It shouldn’t take the whirring of a small drone to remind you that many people are awfully leery of these little aerial contraptions, fearing threats to privacy – and also to airliners.

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The Two-Way
12:50 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

'Drone Shoot-Down Bill' Advances In Oklahoma

Drones fly at the International CES held last month in Las Vegas. In Oklahoma, a state senator has introduced a bill that would allow land-owners to shoot a drone down if it's above their property.
John Locher AP

Originally published on Tue February 10, 2015 3:23 pm

A bill that would let property owners shoot down a drone that's over their land has made its way out of a Senate committee in Oklahoma, setting up a potential vote on the matter.

It's unclear whether the legislation has a chance of passage; we're reporting on it here as another facet of the debate over how drones are integrated (and regulated) in modern society.

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Oklahoma News
5:42 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Drone Regulation Bill Filed In State House

State Rep. Paul Wesselhoft (R-Moore)
Credit okhouse.gov

The growing presence of drones in the skies above Oklahoma has prompted a state lawmaker to file legislation to regulate their use.

The measure by Republican Rep. Paul Wesselhoft of Moore would prohibit law enforcement authorities from using unmanned aerial vehicles without a search warrant or in other limited circumstances. Wesselhoft says it is designed to protect the privacy rights of Oklahomans and prevent unreasonable searches.

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World Views
7:22 am
Mon December 1, 2014

CODEPINK's Medea Benjamin Wants A Future With Less Drones, More Diplomacy

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President George W. Bush enacted the Homeland Security Advisory System after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. It designated colors to different levels of perceived threat. In response to the push toward military action they saw, a group of women, including Medea Benjamin, created CODEPINK to organize protests.

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World Views
3:29 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

World Views: June 27, 2014

Suzette Grillot and Rebecca Cruise discuss the North Korean response to the Seth Rogen and James Franco film The Interview, and the report released this week  reviewing the increased use of drones by the United States.

And a conversation with University of Oklahoma Latin America historian Alan McPherson. His new book The Invaded explores early 20th century conflicts in Nicaragua, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic.

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The Two-Way
9:14 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Drones Approved: FAA Gives OK To First Commercial Use Over Land

A 2011 photo shows an AeroVironment Puma drone being prepared for launch by University of Alaska researchers. The FAA says it approved BP's use of the drone to survey oil fields in Alaska.
Keith Cunningham AP

Originally published on Tue June 10, 2014 12:24 pm

The Federal Aviation Administration says it has issued the first permit in its history for an unmanned aircraft to fly over U.S. soil. Oil company BP will use a drone from the company AeroVironment to conduct surveys in Alaska.

The first drone flights under the recently issued waiver have already taken place, the FAA says.

From the agency's news release:

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World Views
1:14 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

From Drone Strikes To Lost Luggage, How International Law Affects Global Decision-Making

An AGM-114 Hellfire missile hung on the rail of an U.S. Air Force MQ-1L Predator Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).
Credit TSGT Scott Reed / U.S. Air Force

International law impacts the behavior of both national governments and international non-state actors, governing things like the use of drones and military technology. But the effects can also be felt on an individual level – in everything from financial transactions to luggage protection and free-travel visas in the European Union.

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Aviation
10:47 am
Wed January 8, 2014

OSU Students Design Two Types Of Drones

Credit sam_churchill / Flickr Creative Commons

Students at Oklahoma State University have designed two drones capable of punching through violent storms and aiding authorities with search and rescue efforts.

The first drone — also known as an unmanned aerial vehicle — was designed to intercept and measure key weather data in severe thunderstorms. Called MARIA, the aircraft can be deployed rapidly and flown into the lower parts of developing storm cells to improve understanding of the systems.  

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The Two-Way
3:23 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Test Sites Chosen For Commercial Drone Testing

The Federal Aviation Administration's map showing the locations of the six "unmanned aircraft systems" test sites it has chosen.
FAA.gov

Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 11:24 am

The Federal Aviation Administration on Monday unveiled the names of the six applicants who have been granted the right to test the commercial uses of "unmanned aircraft systems" — drones.

The FAA's approvals were highly sought after because the test sites are expected to bring high-tech jobs and investments to the states where they're located. The six winners are:

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The Two-Way
8:29 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Delivery By Drone? Amazon Says A New Era Looms

In an image taken of a test flight, an Amazon Prime Air drone carries a package. The online retailer could begin 30-minute deliveries within four to five years, CEO Jeff Bezos told 60 Minutes Sunday.
Amazon

Originally published on Mon December 2, 2013 11:21 am

Amazon is looking at drastically reducing its delivery times — to 30 minutes or less — as it plans a new service called Prime Air that it says could debut in a few years. In an interview on CBS' 60 Minutes, CEO Jeff Bezos said the giant online retailer plans to use semi-autonomous drones to carry purchases to customers.

That's got tech experts buzzing about whether the idea will fly.

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