DHS S&T awarded Planck Aerosystems, Inc. of San Diego, California, $200,000 to begin testing its autonomous small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) in operational settings.
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Small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS)—systems whose gross take-off weight is less than 55 pounds—offer tremendous potential for emergency responders supporting public safety missions, allowing responders to carry out missions at a fraction of the cost of a manned aerial response, while keeping them out of personal danger. These systems also offer opportunities to perform missions impossible for manned vehicles, such as exploring the inside of buildings or tunnels.
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.
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.
Combined with machine learning, however, a camera can tell a different story. Today, this budding technology is helping the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and Sandia National Laboratories create more precise drone detection capability through visuals alone.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) Under Secretary David Glawe and DHS Office of the General Counsel (OGC) Deputy General Counsel Hayley Chang address DHS’ role in countering threats from small Unmanned Aircraft Systems in the National Airspace System.
DHS S&T today announced a $199,977 award to Intelleuron, LLC to design, develop and test intelligent reconnaissance technology for small Unmanned Aircraft Systems in support of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection mission.
Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) or drones, are aircraft without a human pilot onboard that are controlled by an operator remotely or programmed to fly autonomously.
DHS requires dominant air domain capabilities to accomplish many core land and maritime missions.
S&T’s Program Executive Office for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (PEO UAS), working with component counterparts, is developing an approach to evaluate Countering Unmanned Aerial Systems (CUAS) solutions to inform acquisition and utilization decisions based on the needs and requirements of specific DHS components.