Robotics/AI

FAA Comment Deadline: Safe and Secure Operations of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) seeks comments on its considered additional rulemaking in response to public safety and national security concerns associated with the ongoing integration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the National Airspace System (NAS).

The FAA is seeking information from the public in response to the questions contained in this advanced notice of proposed rulemaking. Specifically, the FAA seeks comment on whether and in what circumstances the FAA should promulgate new rulemaking to require stand-off distances, additional operating and performance restrictions, the use of UAS Traffic Management (UTM), and additional payload restrictions. The FAA also seeks comment on whether it should prescribe design requirements and require that unmanned aircraft be equipped with critical safety systems.

Members of the public may submit comments by mail, fax, or online at Regulations.gov. More information is available at this Federal Register notice

FAA Comment Deadline: Operation of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Over People

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) seeks comments on its proposal to amend its rules applicable to the operation of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). This rulemaking would allow operations of small unmanned aircraft over people in certain conditions and operations of small UAS at night without obtaining a waiver.

It would also require remote pilots in command to present their remote pilot in command certificate as well as identification to certain Federal, State, or local officials, upon request, and proposes to amend the knowledge testing requirements in the rules that apply to small UAS operations to require training every 24 calendar months. This proposal would be the next phase in integrating small UAS using a risk-based approach. These amendments would allow expanded small UAS operations and reduce the knowledge testing burden on remote pilot in command certificate holders.

Members of the public may submit comments by mail, fax, or online at Regulations.gov. More information is available at this Federal Register notice

 

NIST Data Request: National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence Critical Cybersecurity Hygiene — Patching the Enterprise Building Block

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) invites organizations to provide products and technical expertise to support and demonstrate security platforms for the Critical Cybersecurity Hygiene: Patching the Enterprise Building Block. This notice is the initial step for the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) in collaborating with technology companies to address cybersecurity challenges identified under the Critical Cybersecurity Hygiene: Patching the Enterprise Building Block. Participation in the building block is open to all interested organizations.

The NCCoE, part of NIST, is a public-private collaboration for accelerating the widespread adoption of integrated cybersecurity tools and technologies. The NCCoE brings together experts from industry, government, and academia under one roof to develop practical, interoperable cybersecurity approaches that address the real-world needs of complex Information Technology (IT) systems.

NIST is one of the nation's oldest physical science laborites and works to encourage US industrial competitiveness. NIST is using this notice as an initial step for the NCCoE in collaborating with technology companies to address cybersecurity challenges identified under the Critical Cybersecurity Hygiene: Patching the Enterprise Building Block. Participation in the building block is open to all interested organizations.

More information is avialable at this Federal Register notice. Interested parties must contact NIST to request a letter of interest template to be completed and submitted to NIST. Letters of interest will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

NASEM Meeting: STEM Workforce Diversity — Where Do We Go from Here?

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), New Voices in Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, will hold a meeting titled "STEM Workforce Diversity: Where Do We Go from Here?" New Voices, a cohort of emerging leaders in science, engineering, and medicine, is pleased to host these distinguished panelists representing government and industry for an in-depth discussion on efforts to diversify the national science, engineering, and health workforce.

Featured panelists include:

  • Paul Dabbar: Under Secretary for Science, Department of Energy
  • Sylvia James: Acting Deputy Assistant Director, National Science Foundation
  • Rich Lockwood: Vice President, Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Dave Parrillo: Global R&D Director, The Dow Chemical Company
  • Hannah Valantine: Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity, National Institutes of Health
  • Sonia Zarate: Program Officer, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Members of the public may attend in person or via webcast. Registration information for in-person or webcast attendance is available at this website, and additional information is available at this NASEM website.