Wednesday, May 16, 2018

DOI issuing drone CWN contracts and purchasing dozens

The Department of the Interior is continuing their very aggressive movement into the world of drones. They have held training sessions to get scores of employees certified to operate the devices and are advertising and awarding contracts for call when needed (CWN) drone vendors. The Department has recently published at least four solicitations, awards, or special notices about drones and unmanned aerial systems. One of them was a justification to skip the process of accepting bids from multiple vendors and so they could issue a sole source contract to buy 56 of the 3DR Solo drones (Quadcopters) and associated equipment. We have seen a version of the aircraft with a gimbal but without a camera listed for around $2,000. Birdseyeview Aerobotics received a contract to supply “Fixed Wing Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) Unmanned Aerial System (UAS)” potentially worth over $620,000.  The epidemic of CWN firefighting aircraft is spreading beyond large air tankers and single engine air tankers. The DOI has issued at least four CWN contracts for contractor-operated and maintained small drones to be used on fires...MORE

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mandy red bluff, ca said...

A neighborhood in Sacramento, CA recently complained about nightly drone surveillance of their homes by the city's Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency.

The city claimed it was a 90 day experiment to keep track of trespassing and illegal dumping.