Drone space

Since a tragic accident with a drone in the UK which left a toddler without an eye, there has been the question of whether or not people can make their property a no-fly zone. With companies wanting to make use of drones for delivery (Google, Amazon), how would this affect them?

DJI drones have a new system called Geospatial Environment Online, powered by AirMap, that will prevent users from entering into, taking off, or landing in a no-fly zone. There are also areas that shift security needs for privacy, such as major events or wildfire areas. Users can only bypass the system if they have a verified account. Other places like Washington, DC will not be allowed. 3DR drones have a similar system.

Can you make your home a no-fly zone? Jody Victor’s crew found out: YES! You can enter your home address at www.noflyzone.org and it will verify your address and GPS coordinates and will coordinate with participating drone manufacturers. Right now, only PixiePath, Ehang (maker of the Ghost-Drone), HEXO+, Horizon Hobby, and RCFlyMaps are participating in this project. But it’s a start.