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Drone Census 2013-2014

No one, including federal airspace czars, seems to know with any authority just how many drones are flying around domestic airspace. The Federal Aviation Administration has prophesied that there could be upwards of 30,000 drones in the air by 2030, but lists of which government players are flying UAVs at present vary considerably.

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How the FAA ruined Valentine's Day

How the FAA ruined Valentine’s Day

If you’re wondering why you can’t send drone-delivered bouquets to your loved one the Valentine’s Day, blame the cold-hearted scolds at the Federal Aviation Administration, who dashed those hopes back in 2014.

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The most passive-aggressive public records response in MuckRock history

The most passive-aggressive public records response in MuckRock history

Over the course of the 23 thousand (and counting!) records requests we’ve filed, MuckRock has seen all sorts of responses. While the overwhelming majority of which have been polite and professional, there are a few that … well, weren’t. But nothing tops this response from a Massachusetts police department, which stands out as the closest we’ve gotten to a middle finger by fax.

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Military drone manufacturer accused of "pattern of misconduct"

Military drone manufacturer accused of “pattern of misconduct”

A breach-of-contract squabble has spiraled into broader allegations of misconduct against a drone manufacturer with millions in US military contracts. A motion filed last week in Florida civil court claims that Prioria Robotics misrepresented specs for its flagship “microdrone,” and also sold refurbished units to the Army as if they were new.

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LAPD *still* doesn't know what to do with its drones

LAPD *still* doesn’t know what to do with its drones

Police in Los Angeles are playing the long game when it comes to drones. More than a year after the Los Angeles Police Department received two unmanned aerial vehicles, the units remain under lock and key awaiting clear policies on how they’ll be used in operations.

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Army contractor let drones go missing in Afghanistan for 8 months

Army contractor let drones go missing in Afghanistan for 8 months

An Army contractor lost track of at least four surveillance drone systems during the Afghanistan drawdown, a recent audit report uncovered. Sloppy paperwork allowed the drones, worth $500k apiece, to fall through bureaucratic cracks.

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