US government expands drone options

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The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has expanded the use of drones throughout the country. Drones will now be allowed to fly at night and fly over people. Expanding the rules opens up opportunities for widespread commercial use of drones to deliver parcels. The extended version of the rules for unmanned aerial vehicles introduces the concept of remote identification to determine their ownership from the ground. The rules go into effect 60 days after they are published in the federal register in January 2021. Manufacturers will have 18 months to begin rolling out drones that comply with the new regulations, and drone operators will be given an additional year to provide credentials. Currently, the United States has 1.7 million registered drones and 203,000 FAA certified pilots. Remote identification will be required for all devices weighing over 0.25 kg. The new rules do not require a permanent connection to the Internet, drones will transmit identification data in the radio frequency range.


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