Operating Unmanned Aircraft Systems in the National Airspace System: Assessing Research and Development Efforts to Ensure Safety, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Oversight, Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, House of Representatives, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, Friday, February 15, 2013   [open pdf - 4MB]

This is the February 15, 2013 hearing on "Operating Unmanned Aircraft Systems in the National Airspace System: Assessing Research and Development Efforts to Ensure Safety," held before the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Subcommittee on Oversight. From the opening statement of Paul C. Brown: "Today's hearing focuses on integrating unmanned aircraft systems, or UAS, into the national airspace. As a pilot, I am extremely interested in this issue. Specifically, we hope to gain a better understanding of the safety risks, current technological obstacles and key research and development efforts being undertaken to overcome those obstacles. UAS has garnered a great deal of attention lately. In fact, if you watched the news this morning, there was a lot of news about this issue. In January, PBS's NOVA aired a documentary entitled, 'Rise of the Drones.' Last week's Time magazine cover carried the same title, and of course the Administration's use of drones for targeting terrorists to confront our war on terrorism has come to be a central issue in the confirmation hearing of the proposed CIA Director, the nominee John Brennan. However, privacy issues and military applications of UAS are beyond the scope of this hearing. I use the term ''unmanned aircraft systems'' or UAS, instead of UAV or drone, because it is a more complete and accurate term. As the name suggests, UAS are complex systems made up of not only aircraft but as well as supporting ground, air and communications infrastructure. UAS comes in a variety of shapes and sizes and can carry out a wide range of missions." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Paul C. Broun, Dan Maffei, Karlin Toner, Edgar Waggoner, and Gerald Dillingham.

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