NASA And FAA Working With Alphabet To Develop Drone-Tracking System

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Google's parent company Alphabet just recently announced some details about their new software stemming from their drone delivery project--Project Wing, that's attempting to design a drone-tracking system. They expect that within a few years the skies will be filled with many more UAS (unmanned aircraft systems) and the project when fully realized is expected to help authorities to track those devices and help to prevent collisions in the sky.

Project Wing has engaged in a variety of experiments with the NASA and FAA, in an effort to test the concept and software. They assessed a variety of delivery drones, with multiple tests that were conducted in various locations around the nation.

When it comes to flying drones in the US, regulations have softened a bit recently thanks to the recent ruling against the FAA; affirming that those flying drones for non-commercial purposes don't need to register their devices. But that decision might not stick as they still have the chance to appeal.

We can expect to see many more drones flying around in the future, whether it's assisting with firefighting, policing, or farming, delivering mail packages or pizza, it's clear that many companies are looking to make the most out of drones in order to boost efficiency of their delivery services.

Project Wing admits that their team has already been successful in being able to monitor the flight paths of a number of different drones, using just one single platform. With this system utilized, the drones had automatically steered away from one another; it didn't require the help from any manual operator.

Competition ..

They aren't the only ones looking to develop this sort of system to be used for tracking drones around the US. Other competitors in this space are said to be companies like Airmap, Uber, GoPro, and Amazon.

Aside from Project Wing running the tests using Wing aircraft, they also used DJI machines and some from Intel. And they say that their areas of focus for the near future are going to be: real-time route planning, notifications that prompt operators about avoiding no-fly zones, and alerts that warn about any unexpected changes to the route.

They believe that transporting goods, be it mail, pizza, or doughnuts, is going to be a much more inexpensive, environmentally-friendly, and overall more efficient method of doing business and making deliveries.

and if that proves to not be the case? ...

then we can expect that another direction will be employed. Just because certain technology comes around and gains popularity, doesn't mean it will stick around forever. And if after drones become much more prevalent in the sky and the public overwhelmingly aren't in support of it, then we can expect that the market will react accordingly.

When consumers vote with their dollars and they vote by not supporting drones or drone delivery initiatives, then they will not have the support that they need in order to succeed.

Drones have already made their way into dozens of different occupations and it's hard to imagine the market losing interest in them anytime soon. At the moment, the global consumer drone market generates hundreds of millions of dollars. And by 2021, drone sales are expected to surpass $12 billion.

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When all else fails, they will make a nice change from clay pigeons.



Another insanely informative article!

I do expect drones to be much more pervasive over time, along with autonomous transportation (self-driving cars, autonomous shipping and rail, etc).

I like drones and I like standardization.
I just don't enjoy seeing the government take credit for all the good that's done as they make it worse in so many ways.

Cool stuff! We all know Alphabet is actually skynet though :p

I like drones, these will be our next postman's. :)

Cool a dji phantom drone...We also have one... :)


lucky! those are sweet!

Even Petsmart's getting in on the action!

drone dog.jpg


LOL -- paying for Drone deliveries with dogecoins then?!

The rules for drones are certainly tightened but only for the private use. Governments are allowed to do more and more prohibited things with them.

Outstanding post and narrative! ☆☆☆☆☆😎

My thinking is this. Drones are going to be used by corporations and government. For the purposes of commerce and control. And governments in general, have a listening ear for the wants of the corporations.
So I am thinking that Drones will require some more rules and regulations in the future. Of course, that is the nature of government. Licensing and rules guidelines provide lots of government jobs for their friends. Ha


their nature is force and control, at least they are consistent :)


You are spot on, goes the saying. Since they are consistent, we can know what to look for, based on their past history.
Oh, great post by the way. It is one of the many items of change that is almost daily creeping into our lives, be it ever so suttle.

That is going to be a tough challenge for sure.

There is a company listed on the Australian stock market called drone shield that sells a drone jamming gun, could be worth its weight in pizza and amazon packages.

They aint getting me

Nice post

Usually i'm not a big fan of government regulation. But with all these drones buzzing around in the future i'm glad someone keeps track of it and makes sure they don't fall on our heads!


it's private companies making the technology to do this :)


Yes but the Government will provide guidance, monitor, and force, I mean suggest, changes as need be. Plus the Government is the one awarding the contract :)


good ideas don't require force and me thinks the government is in it for $ and control. Not for our best interest ;) lol


Not for our best interest? But I thought the Government only had our best interests at heart and of course is made up of the brightest humans on earth so they should know what's best for all of us lol :)



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