Are U.S. Drones Safe? RQ-7 Shadow Collides With A Cargo Plane.

Apparently near-misses with drones happen more often than they should. Yet another one took place yesterday while UAV RQ-Shadow was on a surveillance mission over Afghanistan. Luckily, the collision wasn’t serious and the pilots of the C-130 cargo plane didn’t report any injuries or damages. However, the question remains: “Should pilotless aircraft be allowed to […]
Apparently near-misses with drones happen more often than they should. Yet another one took place yesterday while UAV RQ-Shadow was on a surveillance mission over Afghanistan. Luckily, the collision wasn’t serious and the pilots of the C-130 cargo plane didn’t report any injuries or damages. However, the question remains: “Should pilotless aircraft be allowed to operate in civilian airspace?”. The problem with the drones is that their field of view is very limited. Think of it like blacking out the windows in your car, putting a video camera on the hood and relaying that to a monitor above the steering wheel. That’s not such a big deal if you’re the only thing in the air, but often the drone isn’t. There have been plenty of close calls and even collisions involving UAV. Add in the time delay in signal from the drone in Afghanistan and the operator in DC that makes it worse. Read more about the collision here. What do you think?  Should the drones be allowed to fly in the civilian airspace?


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