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#Unmanned Aircraft

# unmanned-aircraft - Monday 14 November, 2016

Drones will face new rules to cut risks

Drones will face new rules to cut risks

“Drones have a place in modern society but they must be regulated,” says Fine Gael MEP.

# unmanned-aircraft - Sunday 1 February, 2015

Opinion: Drones may be fun, but they also pose complex legal and safety challenges

Novelty may give way to concerns over annoyance, nuisance, privacy, trespass and safety.

# unmanned-aircraft - Sunday 22 June, 2014

Explainer: What are the rules and regulations surrounding drones?

For one, you should refer to them as unmanned aircrafts from here on in.

# unmanned-aircraft - Saturday 8 June, 2013

Aer Lingus passenger numbers up 5.3 per cent last month

The airline saw a 20 per cent increase in long haul passengers in May 2013 compared to last year.

# unmanned-aircraft - Saturday 30 March, 2013

WATCH: Smoke and fire training for Dublin Airport firefighters Fire This post contains videos

WATCH: Smoke and fire training for Dublin Airport firefighters

The Dublin Airport Authority Fire Service use a simulator that can replicate numerous different fire situations on an aircraft.

# unmanned-aircraft - Wednesday 20 February, 2013

US senator says 4,700 killed in drone strikes: report

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, a staunch supporter of drone use, has openly cited a number that exceeds some independent estimates of the total death toll.

# unmanned-aircraft - Tuesday 24 April, 2012

Parts made by Irish manufacturer found in Sudan drone - reports

Parts manufactured by a company in Kerry have been found in a drone used to target civilians in South Sudan.

# unmanned-aircraft - Sunday 22 August, 2010

IRAN HAS UNVEILED the country’s first domestically-made long-range unmanned bomber aircraft.

Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, described the drone as an “ambassador of death” to Iran’s enemies but adds that the craft “has a main message of peace and friendship”.

Ahmadinejad has said that the main purpose of the drone is “to keep the enemy paralysed in its bases”.

A drone aircraft is one that aircraft that flies without a human crew on board, and is controlled by a ground crew. Concerns about the precision of strikes carried out by drones have led to many condemning the military technology.

The unveiling of the aircraft, nicknamed the “Karrar” which means “striker” in Farsi, comes just one day after the country began loading nuclear fuel into its first ever reactor, which as sent jitters throughout the international community.

Iranian semi-state run news agency Fars has quoted Hamed Saeedi, who is the Managing Director of Farnas Aerospace Company in charge of the project, who commented:

We plan to manufacture UAVs, including unmanned choppers and drones, at this site…

And added

Drones will be of the tactical type, with a short range of 400 to 500 meters flying altitude which cannot be detected by radio waves as they will be stealth aircraft.

Fars also writes: “Iranian officials have always stressed that the country’s military and arms programs serve defensive purposes and should not be perceived as a threat to any other country”.

See this report from Iranian state news channel Press TV:

# unmanned-aircraft - Tuesday 13 July, 2010

THE BRITISH Ministry of Defence (MoD) has revealed the future of unmanned fighting in the skies: Taranis.

A prototype of the plane, which has taken more than three million man hours to develop,  was unveiled with plans to launch a working model for flight trials in 2011.

The technology was praised by Defence Minister Gerald Howarth as “the best of our nation’s advanced design and technology”.

It is hoped that Taranis, named after the Celtic god of thunder, will eventually fight combatants by striking targets at long range – even from other continents.

The MoD explains that as “highly trained military crews on the ground” would be in control of the drone plane, targets could be identified from bases thousands of miles away.

However, while the MoD champions the model’s high level of autonomy that very issue has raised serious concerns in other quarters: Critics say that the plane may have difficulty differentiating between combatants and civilians.

Speaking to New Scientist magazine, Noel Sharkey, a robotics engineer specialising in the autonomous military systems, said alarm bells rang for him as he read that the launch information, which explained that the aircraft was a “fully autonomous intelligent system” with applications in “deep missions” and “deep target attack” capability.

Sharkey explained that that “deep mission” is military jargon for “beyond the reach of a remote pilot”.

In other words: the controller on the ground would have no way of identifying the target and the aircraft may decide on its own what constitutes a target.

Sharkey said: “We need to know if this means the robot planes will chose their own targets and destroy them – because they certainly will not have the intelligence to discriminate between civilians and combatants.”

Landmine Action UK have also voiced concerns about autonomous “war robots”, saying that the technology involved in the attack is “as indiscriminate as landmines.”