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On Thursday, February 6, 2020, Major General Poss (ret), USAF, published an open letter to the FAA on the agency’s proposed remote identification requirement (RID) for unmanned systems, in an article posted by InsideUnmannedSystems[dot]com titled “Draft Remote ID Rules: The Good and The Wait . . . What??”. We recommend reading General Poss’s insightful observations on the draft rules, which could impact in many ways not just drone operators but also thousands of radio control (RC) modelers at RC clubs nationwide. The proposed rules address everything from securing new RC flying fields to ensuring use of rule-compliant RID dongles onboard remotely piloted aircraft to who bears responsibility for avoiding collisions between drones and manned aircraft—and much more.

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U.S. Navy unmanned vehicles experts are assembling a 40-member industry team, which is a veritable who's who of prime systems integrators and subsystems designers, to participate in a major effort to design next-generation unmanned surface vessels (USVs). The 40 companies selected to participate in the Unmanned Surface Vehicle Family of Systems project are noted below.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: IRVINE, CA, February 03, 2020 - Adsys Controls, Inc. has delivered their XSight 1721 next generation video processor to its first customers. The XSight 1721 provides advanced video processing solutions for applications that require reduced Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP). In a form-factor the size of a business card, it provides a multitude of video processing features including target tracking, object detection, object classification, digital stabilization, video encoding, and video translation on up to four simultaneous video streams. The XSight 1721 enables edge computing with significant processing power for various applications including remote sensing, robotic sensing, security surveillance and other scientific applications.

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The 25 January 2020 edition of Unmanned Systems News (USN) reports that Israel is developing laser weaponry to interdict drones and rockets. Developments are said to be still very much in the early testing and evaluation stages. In an unrelated news release, PopularMechanics.com reported that U.S. NAVY submarines will be outfitted with laser weapons.

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On its 130th anniversary, 15 January, 2020, in Kyoto City, Japan, Kubota, a Japanese firm producing tractors and assorted mechanized vehicles announced a new autonomous unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) offering, the “X tractor – cross tractor”. It is an esthetically pleasing design with robust functionality. It is interesting to briefly compare its features with those of the venerable Norway, Maine-based c-Link Systems Forager UGV, which has seen a variety of iterations since the early 2,000’s and, today, serves markets ranging from construction to Search & Rescue.

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