Coast Guard Announces Cooperative Research Agreement For Small Aircraft Systems Use by First Responders and Dept. of Homeland Security

Today, in the federal register, the U.S. Coast Guard  announced its intent to enter into a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) with several companies to evaluate small unmanned aircraft systems (SUAS) sensors or payloads, to determine their potential use in a maritime environment by first responders and DHS operational components. The Coast Guard will conduct flight testing and evaluations of  SUAS under a wide variety of simulated but realistic and relevant real-world maritime operational scenarios, such as law enforcement; search and rescue; and maritime environmental responses.

A copy of the announcement in the Federal Register may be found at this URL:

https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-20/pdf/2017-25076.pdf