U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., says he plans to offer a measure to boost federal efforts for researching, testing and deploying various technologies to keep drones away from sensitive areas, such as airports.
Nelson – who is on the Senate Commerce Committee, which oversees the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) – says he plans to insert the measure in legislation the panel is currently working on to reauthorize the agency. (More on the proposed FAA reauthorization bill can be found here.)
“Right now, it seems no one in the federal government is willing to take the lead to bolster and install technologies that could protect airports from the threat posed by drones,” the senator says.
Nelson notes that a number of companies are, indeed, developing drone-mitigation technologies that would, among other things, be able to shut down a drone that strays into a no-fly zone, such as an airport, or deploy advanced sensors to detect and intercept drones attempting to enter sensitive areas.
Last month, Nelson called on the heads of the FAA and NASA, along with the departments of Defense and Homeland Security, to work together to mitigate the safety and security risks associated with drones.