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A hearing of the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology took place this week in Washington D.C. where the topic of Unmanned Aircraft Systems research and development was the focal point. The hearing was led by Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) with witnesses, Dr. Ed Waggoner, Director, Integrated Systems Research Program, Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, NASA; James Williams, Manager, UAS Integration Office, Aviation Safety Organization, FAA; Dr. John Lauber, Co-Chair, Committee on Autonomy Research for Civil Aviation, National Research Council; Brian Wynne, CEO and President, Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI); Colin Guinn, CRO, 3D Robotics, Small UAV Coalition Member; and Dr. John R. Hansman, T. Wilson Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Members of congress enjoyed two drone demonstrations, although disappointment remained evident due to the FAA’s failure to produce UAS rules and regulations that were meant to be announced by the end of 2014. Jim Williams was pressed by Chairman Smith on when the Committee might expect to see them. Williams’ response was to get them out as quickly as they can, but stressed, as long as we get it right.

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