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S&T Arctic Domain Awareness Center

ADAC develops and transitions technology solutions, innovative products, and educational programs to improve situational awareness and crisis response capabilities related to emerging maritime challenges posed by the dynamic Arctic environment.

S&T SCITI Lab: Airgility

Airgility is one of the Unmanned Aerial Systems technology performers for Smart City Internet of Things Innovation (SCITI) labs.

S&T Counter Unmanned Aircraft Systems Legal Authorities Fact Sheet

The Preventing Emerging Threats Act of 2018 grants the Department of Homeland Security statutory authority to counter credible threats from unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to the safety or security of a covered facility or asset. This authority is paramount to the Department’s mission to protect and secure the Homeland from evolving threats. The Department is in the process of coordinating with Components and stakeholders regarding the need for additional counter-UAS (CUAS) authorities.

DHS Counter Unmanned Aircraft Systems Legal Authorities

This factsheet communicates the Department’s legal authority under the Preventing Emerging Threats Act to counter credible threats from UAS to the safety or security of a covered facility or asset, ensure legal privacy protections, and educate the public on the future of DHS CUAS policy.

S&T SCITI Labs: Autonomous Platforms Fact Sheet

Emergencies can happen anywhere, which is why public safety personnel are trained for search and rescue operations in a variety of environments. Some of the environments are difficult, and conditions can endanger responders and those they aim to rescue. For this reason, one of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Smart City IoT Innovation (SCITI - pronounced ‘CITY’) Labs initiative’s focus areas is autonomous platforms (AxPs) for search and rescue operations. The other two focuses include investigating building sensor suites and an on-body communications hub.

Snapshot: Working with NASA to Secure Drone Traffic

NASA, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and industry have partnered to develop a capability to manage national airspace drone traffic in the future, called the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Traffic Management (UTM) infrastructure, rolling out in phases over time.

Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems During Hurricane Florence Response and Recovery Operations

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is warning drone owners and operators they may face significant fines if they interfere with emergency response operations in the areas affected by Hurricane Florence. Many aircraft that are conducting life-saving missions and other critical response and recovery efforts are likely to be flying at low altitudes over areas affected by the storm. Flying a drone without authorization in or near the disaster area may unintentionally disrupt rescue operations and violate federal, state, or local laws and ordinances, even if a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is not in place. Allow first responders to save lives and property without interference.

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