Footage of German Army Drone Near-Collision Raises Serious Safety Concerns

A German drone narrowly missing a collision with an Afghan commercial aircraft carrying 100 passengers.

The Federal Aviation Administration has been tasked with fully integrating unmanned aircraft, or drones, into the National Airspace System by September, 2015. These drones will be used for law enforcement, border patrol and a wide variety of scientific projects. 

But if drones are to eventually be ubiquitous in our airspace, how will the FAA keep the skies from becoming the wild west?

Consider this picture above of a German drone narrowly missing a collision with an Afghan commercial aircraft carrying 100 passengers. This footage was captured in 2004 but has been released on YouTube. 

(h/t Der Spiegel)

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