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FAA launches investigation into mystery drones

Posted on Wednesday, 1 January, 2020 | Comment icon 67 comments

What are the drones doing and who is controlling them ? Image Credit: US Navy
Officials across multiple government agencies are now working to determine who is behind the Colorado drones.
Sightings of the mysterious drones, which were initially reported over Colorado's Phillips and Yuma counties, have since spread to multiple additional counties as well as to neighboring Nebraska.

Witnesses have reported seeing the drones flying in formation over rural fields between 7pm and 10pm in the evening as well as hovering over houses and empty fields for hours at a time.

While previously it was reported that government agencies had been unable to explain who was behind the drones, it has since come to light that the FAA has launched an official investigation.
In a recent email to Reuters, FAA spokesman Ian Gregor stated that "multiple FAA divisions and government agencies are investigating these reports."

US Senator Cory Gardner has also commented on the FAA's investigation, stating - "I'm encouraged that they've opened a full investigation to learn the source and purpose of the drones."

As things stand however, no definitive explanation has been forthcoming.

Source: Reuters | Comments (67)

Tags: Drones, Colorado

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #58 Posted by stereologist on 8 January, 2020, 21:58
There is a right to privacy. The actions taken by the drones do not violate any laws or regulations according to the interviewed law enforcement people. Whatever the drones are doing appears to be ok.
Comment icon #59 Posted by Eldorado on 9 January, 2020, 15:24
From yesterday... "Sleepy town menaced by drones" https://metro.co.uk/2020/01/09/sleepy-town-menaced-by-by-plague-of-mysterious-drones-each-night-12030845/
Comment icon #60 Posted by bison on 9 January, 2020, 21:25
Examined the map of drone sightings at the website: nightdrones.net, which is color-coded by date. On one recent night, Mon., Jan. 6th, drones were reported over an area of about 600 miles West to East and 400 miles South to North. Since drones are legally required to be operated within the line of sight of whomever is using them, and the drones appear on a very limited schedule -- about 7 to 10 p.m., local time, this would imply  many independent drone operators over half of Colorado and essentially all of Nebraska.  A link to that map is provided, below: https://www.nightdrones.net/map-of-si... [More]
Comment icon #61 Posted by Eldorado on 10 January, 2020, 21:59
Colorado to deploy more teams to investigate mystery drones after close call with medical helicopter https://www.wkbw.com/news/national/colorado-to-deploy-more-teams-to-investigate-mystery-drones-after-close-call-with-medical-helicopter
Comment icon #62 Posted by bison on 11 January, 2020, 0:59
CNN reports that the drone was seen just 100 feet below the medical helicopter. This is one tenth the vertical distance that Federal regulations require be maintained between two aircraft in flight. The observation that this incident will cause greater scrutiny of these mysterious drones and increase the determination to find their source seems fully justified.   
Comment icon #63 Posted by esoteric_toad on 14 January, 2020, 11:45
Update: https://abcnews.go.com/US/mystery-drone-faithful-undeterred-lack-evidence/story?id=68264339&cid=clicksource_4380645_11_comic_strip_sq_hed
Comment icon #64 Posted by joc on 14 January, 2020, 12:09
The Colorado Department of Public Safety says it is scaling back its investigation into reports of unexplained drone sightings after finding zero evidence that groups of large unmanned aircraft are flying strange patterns in the night sky. “To date, CDPS has confirmed no incidents involving criminal activity, nor have investigations substantiated reports of suspicious or illegal drone activity,” the agency said Monday in a statement. Hmmmm....he said.  But what about all the videos all these people have taken of all these drones?  There are videos right?  Apparently not...I haven't seen one...... [More]
Comment icon #65 Posted by esoteric_toad on 14 January, 2020, 12:28
Here's a photo of them: Here
Comment icon #66 Posted by Eldorado on 15 January, 2020, 22:20
"Speculation persists about drones said to be as big as cars, flying in groups in grid patterns at night. "“Even if the military has plausible deniability with this, defense contractors might be involved,” Dan Carlson, a drone-spotting retired meteorologist in western Nebraska, said Tuesday. “By the time they ‘fess up to it, they’ll have been in sky for four years.” "Four times this year, Carlson said, drones have flown after dark near his farm outside Sidney, Nebraska. "Drones flew in pairs on two nights, he said. Their speed, impressive range — over the distant horizon without landing — and ... [More]
Comment icon #67 Posted by Eldorado on 17 January, 2020, 19:34
Privacy Concerns Abound As Coloradans Continue To See 'Mystery Drones https://www.kunc.org/post/privacy-concerns-abound-coloradans-continue-see-mystery-drones#stream/0

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