U.S. Customs and Border Protection Bureau may soon participate in
an air show of sorts, but one without pilots.
to the National Journal’s Technology Daily, “plenty
of vendors” have responded to a request to demonstrate unmanned
aerial vehicles – or UAVs – for border surveillance purposes.
defense firms are hoping by late September to demonstrate their
agency says it intends to award a contract to a manufacturer that
can meet all or most of the outlined requirements to patrol U.S.
borders. No decision has been made at this time if UAVs will be
used permanently, the agency said.
potential problem: The FAA has yet to establish standards for flying
UAVs in airspace under its control, although operators can get certificates
for limited UAV operations.
example, FAA wonders whether drones can operate without crashing
or colliding with other aircraft. And because UAVs are flown remotely,
the FAA wants assurance that computer hackers can’t access software
and “hijack” the planes, Technology Daily reported.