In light of the Georgia Building Authority's recent resolution in Atlanta, the chapter has the following comment.

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Atlanta Chapter's stance on local and state laws regarding unmanned aerial vehicles is that they should be created to prevent hazardous and criminal uses for these systems. Just like a knife, an unmanned aerial system is a tool that can be used for better or worse. Our members fly these systems in the greater Atlanta area in accordance federal and state laws, and with careful guidance of the FAA. Legislature like this one is damaging to these companies even if it is intended to target hobby flyers in the immediate vicinity of these buildings. Law enforcement, utility inspection, and medical services are just some of the industries impacted by this legislation. Instead, we recommend hobbyists, incoming corporations, and law-makers learn about these systems, the existing laws regarding them, and coordinate with other government agencies before pushing legislation. To learn more, please go to www.knowbeforeyoufly.com.


The Volvo Group and NVIDIA have signed an agreement to collaborate on the development of the decision making system of autonomous commercial vehicles and machines.

The system will be designed to safely handle fully autonomous driving on public roads and highways, the companies say. 

The system will use NVIDIA’s end-to-end artificial intelligence platform for training, simulation and in-vehicle computing. It will be built on NVIDIA’s full software stack for sensor processing, perception, map localization and path planning, which will facilitate a number of possible autonomous driving applications including public transport, freight transport and refuse and recycling collection.

Raytheon and AirMap have announced that they will collaborate on future projects to safely integrate UAS into the national airspace system, and “unlock the positive economic and social benefits of expanded commercial drone operations.”

The agreement combines the expertise of each company. Air traffic controllers across the U.S. use Raytheon's Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System (STARS) to provide safe and efficient aircraft spacing and sequencing guidance for more than 40,000 departing and arriving aircraft daily at both civilian and military airports.

Meanwhile, AirMap is the leading global provider of airspace intelligence for UAS operations with more than 250,000 registered users. Last year, the majority of U.S. registered commercial UAS pilots used AirMap to request more than 45,000 automated authorizations to fly in controlled airspace.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has awarded Black Swift Technologies (BST) a contract to develop an air-deployed UAS to perform lower boundary layer observations in difficult atmospheric conditions that are commonly encountered in convective storms such as hurricanes and tropical cyclones.

Known as the S0 Air-Deployed UAS, the proposed vehicle would be tube-launched from an aircraft such as NOAA’s Lockheed P3 Orion.

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