WBEZ | drones http://www.wbez.org/tags/drones Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Did North Korea Detonate a Hydrogen Bomb? http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2016-01-07/did-north-korea-detonate-hydrogen-bomb-114413 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/North Korea small.jpg" title="People watch a TV news program showing North Korea's announcement, at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016. North Korea said Wednesday it had conducted a hydrogen bomb test. The letters read ‘Will not use nuclear weapon if autonomy secured’ (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)" /><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/240872500&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><strong style="font-size: 24px;">North Korea Hydrogen bomb controversy</strong></p><p>The Republic of North Korea claimed on Wednesday that it set off a hydrogen bomb. Initial reports varied as to whether it was a hydrogen or atomic bomb, but now, many doubt there was any detonation of that magnitude. &nbsp;The White House was skeptical, stating that according to its analysis, North Korea&rsquo;s activity &quot;is not consistent&quot; with the claim. We&rsquo;ll talk about the mystery of DPRK&rsquo;s hydrogen detonation with Bruce Cumings, professor of history at the University of Chicago. He&rsquo;s author of numerous books on the Korean Peninsula including, <em>Parallax Visions: Making Sense of American-East Asian Relations at the End of the Century</em> and <em>North Korea: Another Country</em>.</p><p><strong>GUEST</strong>: <a href="https://history.uchicago.edu/directory/bruce-cumings">Bruce Cumings</a> is&nbsp; professor of history at the University of Chicago and author of <em>Parallax Visions: Making Sense of American-East Asian Relations at the End of the Century</em>, <em>The Korean War: A History</em> and <em>North Korea: Another Country</em></p><p><span style="font-size:24px;"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/240874742&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><strong>Film looks at how U.S. recruits drone operators</strong></span></p><p>The documentary film &ldquo;Drone,&rdquo; takes an inside look at the CIA&rsquo;s drone program- exploring in depth how the government recruits drone operators. &nbsp;One of the places they recruit- video game conventions. We&rsquo;ll talk with the film&rsquo;s director, Tonje Hessen Schei.</p><p><em><strong><a href="http://www.facets.org/cinematheque/films/jan2016/drone.php">&quot;Drone&quot; is showing at Facets Multimedia through January 14, 2016</a></strong></em></p><p><strong>GUEST</strong>: Tonje Hessen Schei is a filmmaker and director of the documentary, &ldquo;<a href="http://www.dronethedocumentary.com/#top">Drone</a>&rdquo;</p><p><span style="font-size:24px;"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/240875260&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><strong>Global Activism: Every Child is My Child helps kids in Rwanda and Burundi</strong></span></p><p>For our <em>Global Activism</em> series, we first spoke in 2012 with former high school teacher, Elizabeth Powley. She believes that &ldquo;every child has the right to learn.&rdquo; She has a special love for the children of Africa&rsquo;s Great Lakes region (Rwanda and Burundi). Powley founded the NGO, Every Child is My Child, because she envisions a world in which &ldquo;every girl and boy in Africa has access to secondary school.&rdquo; She is also executive director of Heartland Alliance International - part of Heartland Alliance, the Chicago-based group that &ldquo;helps endangered populations &mdash; particularly the poor, the isolated, and the displaced.&rdquo; Powley is back to update us on her goal for &ldquo;communities [to] see an entire generation of students educated &ndash; for the first time &ndash; beyond the elementary school level.&rdquo;</p><p><strong>GUEST</strong>: Elizabeth Powley is founder of <a href="http://www.everychildismychild.org">Every Child is My Child</a> and executive director of Heartland Alliance International</p><p><span style="font-size:24px;"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/240875472&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><strong>World History Minute: Founding of Liberia</strong></span></p><p>On January 7, 1822 the schooner <em>Elizabeth</em> arrived off Providence Island, Liberia with the first emigrants ready to colonize the country that would be named Liberia, meaning &ldquo;land of the free.&rdquo;&nbsp; Historian John Schmidt recalls how it all began.</p><p><strong>GUEST</strong>: <a href="https://chicagohistorytoday.wordpress.com/">John Schmidt</a>, historian and author of <em>On This Day in Chicago History</em></p></p> Thu, 07 Jan 2016 09:20:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2016-01-07/did-north-korea-detonate-hydrogen-bomb-114413 5 Things To Know: FAA Task Force Recommends A Drone Registry http://www.wbez.org/news/5-things-know-faa-task-force-recommends-drone-registry-113895 <p><div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/gettyimages-487540612-b9423ce88eebeafd0b64745bf69d24002f645deb-s400-c85.jpg" style="height: 404px; width: 540px;" title="A drone flies above Old Bethpage, N.Y. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)" /></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><p>The Consumer Technology Association forecasts that 400,000 drones will be sold in the United States this holiday season. That&#39;s not to mention the commercial drones being developed&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2015/11/02/453982952/not-to-be-out-droned-google-plans-to-deliver-packages-by-air-in-2017" target="_blank">by Google</a>&nbsp;(now known as Alphabet), Amazon, Walmart and others.</p><p>In the face of this drone proliferation, the Federal Aviation Administration called a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.faa.gov/news/updates/?newsid=84125" target="_blank">special task force</a>&nbsp;to develop a way to get a grip on all the drones in the sky.</p><p>The task force&nbsp;<a href="http://www.faa.gov/uas/publications/media/RTFARCFinalReport_11-21-15.pdf" target="_blank">is now recommended</a>&nbsp;that the government set up a simple registration system for anyone who owns an unmanned aircraft heavier than 250 grams, which is about half a pound.</p><p>Here are a few key things about the recommendations and recreational drone flying:</p><p><strong>1. These aren&#39;t the rules yet.</strong></p><p>The recommendations came from the FAA&#39;s task force, co-chaired by FAA drone chief Earl Lawrence and the head of Google&#39;s drone project, Dave Vos. It also included 24 other drone, aeronautics and aviation experts from Amazon, Best Buy, GoPro, Walmart and numerous industry groups and associations.</p><p>The FAA will now take the task force&#39;s recommendations, combine them with a bunch of public comments they&#39;ve been collecting on the subject and eventually propose formal rules. Some reports have suggested that the rules were expected before Christmas, but the FAA on Monday said it didn&#39;t have a specific timeline.</p><p><strong>2. The recommendations focus on registering the owner, not each drone.</strong></p><p>Google&#39;s Vos explains: &quot;What we&#39;re are recommending at this point is that each owner has a registration number and if that owner owns one airplane or a hundred airplanes the same registration number can be used on all the airplanes that that owner owns.&quot;</p><p>Basically, if you made or bought a drone between 0.55 pounds and 55 pounds in weight, you&#39;d have to go online or use an app to submit your name and where you live to the government in exchange for an identifying number. You would then need to put that number on all of your drones.</p><p><strong>3. Name and address are recommended as the only requirements.</strong></p><p>Well, there is also a recommendation for a minimum age requirement of 13 years, but only name and physical address are suggested for registration.</p><p>Sharing email addresses, phone numbers or mailing addresses would be optional (for instance to receive education materials or other information from the FAA). Information on citizenship or residence status would not be required</p><p>Some drone makers may start using serial numbers for identification of their drones and the FAA&#39;s Lawrence says a drone may be allowed to be marked either with a serial number or the owner&#39;s registration number.</p><p><strong>4. Avoid registration scams.</strong></p><p>Some scammers have already set up&nbsp;<a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/3005536/legal/dont-fall-for-drone-registration-scams-warns-faa.html" target="_blank">fake drone registration</a>&nbsp;websites where they offer to register your flying devices for a fee. But of course, the FAA has yet to even set its rules for such a registry. Plus, it&#39;s expected to be free.</p><p>The task force certainly recommends that the registration should be at no cost or, if the FAA is forced by some statute to charge the registrants, the task force says the fee should be $0.001.</p><p><strong>5. All the other rules stand until further notice.</strong></p><p>The FAA is working on several comprehensive rulemakings, including one for recreational drone fliers and another for commercial drone operators.</p><p>For all you home-made or store-bought drone fliers,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.faa.gov/uas/publications/media/27231_FAA_KBYF_lores.pdf" target="_blank">the FAA&#39;s guidance</a>&nbsp;for now remains the same: keep your drones under 55 pounds in weight; fly them within your line of sight and below 400 feet; stay at least 5 miles away from an airport; avoid flying near stadiums or crowded places; take some drone classes or join a club for extra safety.</p></div><p>&mdash;<a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2015/11/23/456699696/5-things-to-know-faa-task-force-recommends-a-drone-registry?ft=nprml&amp;f=456699696" target="_blank"><em> via NPR</em></a></p></p> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 12:33:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/5-things-know-faa-task-force-recommends-drone-registry-113895 Chicago City Council Approves Ban On Drones http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-city-council-approves-ban-drones-113857 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/drone-784310_640_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>It prohibits the flying of drones within 5 miles of the city&#39;s airports, and creates no-fly zones over churches, schools, hospitals, police stations and private property without the owner&#39;s consent.</p></p> Thu, 19 Nov 2015 13:42:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-city-council-approves-ban-drones-113857 Chicago council committee OKs drone regulations http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-council-committee-oks-drone-regulations-113770 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/16645905601_b866e073ac_z_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A committee has advanced regulations for the piloting of drones in Chicago, including no-fly zones around both of the city&#39;s airports.</p><p>The City Council Aviation Committee approved the rules on Thursday. The proposal will head to the full City Council later this month.</p><div>Alderman Scott Waguespack says the number of small devices being flown, many with attached cameras, is growing and city officials should regulate certain aspects.<p>The proposed rules prohibit where the drones can fly, including a no-fly zone of 5 miles around both O&#39;Hare and Midway international airports. The devices are also prohibited from being piloted over schools, hospitals, churches, near electric generation facilities or other property not owned by the drone operator.</p><p>Violators could face fines of $500 to $5,000 and possible jail time.</p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 13 Nov 2015 10:55:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-council-committee-oks-drone-regulations-113770 More universities are adding drone programs http://www.wbez.org/news/more-universities-are-adding-drone-programs-113751 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/16645905601_b866e073ac_z.jpg" alt="" /><p><div id="attachment_95672"><img alt="The Autonomous Flight Systems Laboratory at the University of Washington. (Tom Banse/Northwest News Network)" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/media.wbur.org/wordpress/11/files/2015/11/1106_drones-lab-624x414.jpg" style="height: 411px; width: 620px;" title="The Autonomous Flight Systems Laboratory at the University of Washington. (Tom Banse/Northwest News Network)" /><p>If you want to go to college to learn how to design, build, fly or fix a drone, your time has come.</p><p>Colleges and universities around the country are recognizing that unmanned aircraft could become a key technology of the future.</p></div><p>But the murky and evolving regulations for flying drones present hurdles to getting hands-on piloting experience.</p><p>From the&nbsp;<a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2015/11/09/university-drone-programs" target="_blank"><em>Here &amp; Now</em></a>&nbsp;Contributors Network,&nbsp;Tom Banse&nbsp;of Northwest News Network reports.</p></p> Mon, 09 Nov 2015 12:17:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/more-universities-are-adding-drone-programs-113751 Not to be out-droned, Google plans to deliver packages by air in 2017 http://www.wbez.org/news/not-be-out-droned-google-plans-deliver-packages-air-2017-113618 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/screenshot of google wing video.JPG" alt="" /><p><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="415" scrolling="no" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/cRTNvWcx9Oo?rel=0" title="Google's 2014 Project Wing introductory video (YouTube)" width="620"></iframe></div><div><div id="res453985954"><p>&nbsp;</p><p>It&#39;s been about a year since Google (now known as Alphabet) first introduced its drone-delivery system known as Project Wing.</p><p>The project now seems to have a timeline to become reality: 2017.</p></div><p>Reuters&nbsp;<a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/11/02/usa-drones-alphabet-idUKKCN0SR21220151102" target="_blank">is reporting</a>&nbsp;from an air traffic control convention:</p><blockquote><div><p><em>&quot;Google, which hopes to revolutionize consumer deliveries via drone, expects to begin delivering packages to customers by unmanned aircraft sometime in 2017, an executive said on Monday.</em></p><p><em>&quot; &#39;Our goal is to have commercial business up and running in 2017,&#39; David Vos, the project lead for Google&#39;s Project Wing, told an audience at an air traffic control convention outside Washington.&quot;</em></p></div></blockquote><p>Vos is the same guy who is co-chairing the Federal Aviation Administration&#39;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.faa.gov/news/updates/?newsid=84125" target="_blank">new task force</a>&nbsp;working on the process for how drones (aka &quot;unmanned aircraft systems&quot;)&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/2015/10/20/450175919/no-details-yet-for-new-civilian-drone-operators-registration-system" target="_blank">should be registered</a>&nbsp;with the government under a new requirement.</p><p>Google&#39;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/08/inside-googles-secret-drone-delivery-program/379306/" target="_blank">Project Wing</a>&nbsp;goes up against other companies&#39; drone delivery efforts, with<a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2013/12/02/248170316/drone-delivery-amazon-says-a-new-era-looms" target="_blank">Amazon being one</a>&nbsp;of the most well-known. Wal-Mart, too, has now&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/10/26/452012328/ready-set-drone-walmart-joins-amazon-google-in-testing-delivery-drones" target="_blank">applied to the FAA</a>&nbsp;for permission to test drones for home deliveries, curbside pickup and inventory checks. Both Amazon and Wal-Mart officials are on that FAA task force, alongside Best Buy, GoPro and others.</p><p>The FAA&#39;s work has been surrounded by lots of questions about how drones will be allowed to operate without hurting anyone or anything.</p><p>How far will drones be allowed to fly? What kind of certifications will the operators be required to have? How will the police and other law enforcement deal with dangerous fliers? Will drones fly all the way from distribution centers or much closer,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wired.com/2014/06/the-next-big-thing-you-missed-delivery-drones-launched-from-trucks-are-the-future-of-shipping/" target="_blank">from delivery trucks</a>? Will people keep buying enough stuff for all this to make sense?</p></div><p>&mdash;<a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2015/11/02/453982952/not-to-be-out-droned-google-plans-to-deliver-packages-by-air-in-2017?ft=nprml&amp;f=453982952" target="_blank"><em> via NPR</em></a></p></p> Mon, 02 Nov 2015 14:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/not-be-out-droned-google-plans-deliver-packages-air-2017-113618 U.S. counterterrorism policy http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-10-23/us-counterterrorism-policy-113488 <p><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP_912153340957.jpg" title="In this Jan. 31, 2010 file photo, an unmanned U.S. Predator drone flies over Kandahar Air Field, southern Afghanistan, on a moon-lit night. A U.N. expert on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 launched a special investigation into drone warfare and targeted killings, which the United States relies on as a front-line weapon in its global war against al-Qaida. " /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/229788622&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 22px; line-height: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">&#39;</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 22px; line-height: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">&#39;The Intercept&#39; report on drones raises questions about U.S. policy</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">In a recen<a href="http://foreignpolicy.com/2015/10/15/the-intercepts-drone-papers-revelations-mandate-a-congressional-investigation/">t article </a>in <em>Foreign Policy</em>, Micah Zenko calls for a Congressional investigation into the way the United States conducts its counterterrorism operations, particularly the use of drone strikes, especially in light of new revelations from an investigative series done by The Intercept called &ldquo;The Drone Papers.&rdquo; Zenko, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and author of<em> Red Team: How to Succeed by Thinking Like the Enemy</em>, joins us to discuss whether he thinks an investigation is likely.</span></p><p><em><font color="#333333" face="Arial, sans-serif"><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">Guest: Micah Zenko is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and&nbsp;</span></font><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">author of</span><em style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;Red Team: How to Succeed by Thinking Like the Enemy.</em></em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/229788881&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244); font-size: 14px;">&#39;</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 22px; line-height: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">The Experimenter&#39; tells story of Milgram&#39;s obedience experiments</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">In the 1960s, social psychologist Stanley Milgram, conducted a series of controversial experiments to understand why ordinary Germans obeyed Nazi demands. The &lsquo;Obedience Experiments&rsquo;, as they came to be known, are the subject of a new film starring Peter Sarsgaard and Winona Ryder entitled Experimenter. Milos Stehlik, director of Facets Multimedia and WBEZ&rsquo;s film contributor discusses the film.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">Guest: Milos Stehlik is the director of Facets Multimedia.</span></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/229789202&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 22px; line-height: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">Weekend Passport: Indian dance, &#39;Disgraced&#39; and an Englewood film festival</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">Each week, global citizen Nari Safavi&nbsp; helps listeners plan their international weekend. This week, he&rsquo;ll tells&nbsp; about and Indian dance performance, the play &#39;Disgraced&#39; and an international film festival running in Englewood.</span></p><p><em><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">Guest: Nari Safavi is one of the founders of Pasfarda Arts and Cultural Exchange.</span></em></p></p> Fri, 23 Oct 2015 16:16:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-10-23/us-counterterrorism-policy-113488 Firefighting drone gets road test http://www.wbez.org/news/firefighting-drone-gets-road-test-113432 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Federal firefighting managers peruse the ”optionally-piloted” K-MAX helicopter at the Lucky Peak Helibase in Idaho. “UAT” on the fuselage stands for Unmanned Aerial Truck..jpg" alt="" /><p><div id="attachment_94595"><img alt="Federal firefighting managers peruse the ''optionally-piloted'' K-MAX helicopter at the Lucky Peak Helibase in Idaho. &quot;UAT&quot; on the fuselage stands for Unmanned Aerial Truck. (Tom Banse/Northwest News Network)" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/media.wbur.org/wordpress/11/files/2015/10/1020_drone-helicopter-624x436.jpg" style="height: 433px; width: 620px;" title="Federal firefighting managers peruse the ”optionally-piloted” K-MAX helicopter at the Lucky Peak Helibase in Idaho. “UAT” on the fuselage stands for Unmanned Aerial Truck. (Tom Banse/Northwest News Network)" /><p>Consumer drones look like child&rsquo;s play after you get a gander at the unmanned, water-dropping helicopter that was pitched to the federal government this month. The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kaman.com/aerospace/aerosystems/air-vehicles-mro/products-services/unmanned-aerial-systems/" target="_blank">K-MAX</a>&nbsp;chopper is the largest of several remotely-piloted firefighting aircraft to get a tryout this year for firefighting duty. From the&nbsp;<em>Here &amp; Now</em>&nbsp;Contributors Network,&nbsp;Tom Banse&nbsp;of Northwest News Network reports from Boise, Idaho.</p></div><p>&mdash;<a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2015/10/20/firefighting-drone-helicopter" target="_blank"><em> via Here &amp; Now</em></a></p></p> Tue, 20 Oct 2015 14:17:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/firefighting-drone-gets-road-test-113432 FAA proposes nearly $2 million fine against drone operator http://www.wbez.org/news/faa-proposes-nearly-2-million-fine-against-drone-operator-113193 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP_335843507976.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>WASHINGTON &mdash; The government is proposing a record $1.9 million fine against an aerial photography company for flying drones in crowded New York and&nbsp;Chicago&nbsp;airspace without permission.</p><p>The Federal Aviation Administration says SkyPan International Inc. of&nbsp;Chicago&nbsp;operated 65 unauthorized flights between March 2012 and December 2014 in some of the nation&#39;s most congested airspace.</p><p>More than half the flights took place in heavily restricted areas of New York airspace without air traffic control clearance. Also, the drones weren&#39;t equipped with two-way radio, transponder and altitude reporting equipment required of manned aircraft.</p><p>SkyPan has 30 days to respond to the FAA.</p><p>The fine announcement comes one day before an FAA official is expected to be face tough questioning at a House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing on safety hazards created by drones.</p><p>&mdash; <em>via The Associated Press</em></p></p> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 09:53:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/faa-proposes-nearly-2-million-fine-against-drone-operator-113193 Great Britain joins United States in drone warfare controversy http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-09-09/great-britain-joins-united-states-drone-warfare-controversy-112878 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Defence%20Images.jpg" title="(Photo: Flickr/Defence Images)" /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/223113022&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><div class="image-insert-image "><font color="#333333" face="Arial, sans-serif"><span style="font-size: 22px; line-height: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">UK kills 3 British citizens in Syrian drone strikes</span></font></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">The UK government has revealed that two British men were killed by a Royal Air Force drone in Syria. The strikes have ignited a heated political debated in the UK. There are also reports that unmanned Royal Air Force drones have been on the hunt in Syria for members of the Islamic State and that a &quot;kill list&quot; of British members of IS was devised shortly after recent elections. We&#39;ll talk about British policy on drones with Jennifer Gibson, an attorney who works with the UK-based huma rights organisation, Reprieve.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;"><strong>Guest: </strong><em>J</em></span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;"><em>ennifer Gibson is an attorney who works with the UK-based human rights organisation, <a href="http://twitter.com/reprieve">Reprieve</a></em>.&nbsp;</span></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/223115997&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><div class="image-insert-image "><font color="#333333" face="Arial, sans-serif"><span style="font-size: 22px; line-height: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">Upcoming climate talks aim to curb global emissions</span></font></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">Diplomats have spent years creating the architecture for a global agreement on emisions targets that starts in 2020. The Paris climate talks this December aim to lock in those commitments and provide aid to smaller countries affected by climate change. In spite of all the effort the Paris accord on climate change is no sure thing. Some countries haven&#39;t submitted emission targets that were due in March. Recent talks in Bonn didn&#39;t resolve major issues like compensating smaller countries affected by cliamte change. With only five negootiating days scheduled before the Paris summit, President Francois Holland admits the talks could fail. &nbsp;</span></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;"><strong>Guest:</strong> <em><a href="http://twitter.com/jschmidtnrdc">Jake Schmidt</a> is the International Director of the <a href="http://twitter.com/NRDC">Natural Resources Defense Council</a></em></span><em><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 13.3333px; line-height: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap;"><font face="Arial">. </font></span></em></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/223116307&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><div class="image-insert-image "><font color="#333333" face="Arial, sans-serif"><span style="font-size: 22px; line-height: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">Global Notes: Chicago&#39;s World Music Festival</span></font></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">Chicago&#39;s 17th annual World Music Festival gets udnerway on September 11th and runs through September 22. Some popular features return such as &quot;Ragamala: A celebration of Indian Classical Music&quot;. There are new features as well like a &#39;Global Peace Picnic&quot; to mark the UN&#39;s International Day of Peace. </span></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;"><strong>Guest: </strong><em><a href="http://twitter.com/wbezsarabia">Tony Sarabia</a> is the host of Radio M and Morning Shift.</em>&nbsp;</span></div></p> Wed, 09 Sep 2015 15:07:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-09-09/great-britain-joins-united-states-drone-warfare-controversy-112878