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The Future of Work

The Future of Work

Loren Stone, CEO and Founder, Autonomy Hub, and the Vice-president of Robotics Education for the Tesla Foundation appears on the television show, Columbus on the Record, WOSU Public Media. With esteemed co-panelists from The Ohio State University, they discuss the "Future of Work."

FAA Will Release Maps to Speed up Drone Authorization Applications

April 10- The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) plans to release the first set of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) facility maps on April 27. The maps will depict areas and altitudes near airports where UAS may operate safely. They will help drone operators improve the quality of their Part 107 airspace authorization requests, which will help the FAA process these requests more quickly.

Beginning April 27, users may access the facility maps at Users will be able to download the data in several formats, view the site on mobile devices, and customize their views.

By referring to the facility maps when completing airspace authorization applications, remote pilots will be able to tailor their requests to align with locations and altitudes that the maps indicate are likely to be approved for small UAS operations. This will help simplify the process and increase the likelihood that the FAA will approve their requests.

FAA air traffic personnel will use the maps to process Part 107 airspace authorization requests. Altitudes that exceed what are depicted on the maps require additional safety analysis and coordination to determine if an application can be approved. 

The maps will be informational only. They do not automatically authorize flights. Remote pilots must still submit online airspace authorization applications at maps also do not guarantee approval for requests within the guidelines indicated by the maps. Only the FAA can grant controlled airspace access, which must be done through the authorization process.

The agency is releasing the maps in phases, with the first release on April 27 containing approximately 200 facility maps. The FAA plans to release facility maps over the next 12 months. Updates to the maps database will coincide with the agency’s existing 56-day aeronautical chart production schedule (PDF). If a map is not yet available, it can be expected in future releases.

The FAA’s website will be updated within the several weeks with additional guidance and information about the facility maps.  Visit on April 27, 2017 to view the facility maps.

Additional questions may be directed to the FAA's UAS Integration Office via or by calling 844-FLY-MY-UA.

Each of us are innovators in our own way

Each of us are innovators in our own way

The National Finals for the Rube Goldberg Machine Contest are at COSI, March 24-26, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio 43215.  The challenge is for participants to make a complicated machine to perform a simple task. 

Our Founder and CEO of Autonomy Hub and Vice-president of Robotics Education for the Tesla Foundation was asked to speak at this year's finals.

Autonomy Hub Live! Demo drones from Parrot, VR headgear.

Autonomy Hub Live! with Loren Stone, Dave Agler and dog named Shilo. The team is starting to get the hang of it as they have a grand time playing with drones. Take special viewing pleasure at the 7:37 minute mark.

Air Date September 30. 2016.

Autonomy Hub Live! throughout the autonomous industry.

Autonomy Hub Live! with co-hosts, Loren Stone and Dave Agler, have fun with the second airing. Industry news with small talk about the DJI Inspire. They continue to work out the kinks with plans for the autonomous, VR, robotics and Smart Columbus community.

Autonomy Hub Live, our first show!

Autonomy Hub Live! with co-hosts Loren Stone and Dave Agler. You have to start somewhere as these two certainly work their way through it. Topics include autonomous news, Smart City Columbus, Tesla Foundation and more.

Check out our new space for you...the autonomous and smart Columbus community

Loren Stone, CEO of Autonomy Hub, gives a short tour with his dog named Shilo at the new Autonomy Hub in Columbus, Ohio. Collaborate, innovate and build the next community together in technology, robotics, unmanned systems and the Smart City.

FAA Issues Part 107 Waivers, Airspace Authorizations

FAA Issues Part 107 Waivers, Airspace Authorizations

The FAA has approved 81 authorizations for flights in Class D and E airspace, and has issued 36 waivers of Part 107 provisions to drone operators who applied after the rule’s effective date.

However, the agency has found that many applications have incorrect or incomplete information. Many applicants request too many waivers or request waivers for flights in types of airspace for which the FAA is not yet granting approvals. 

It’s important for applicants to understand the information needed to make a successful safety case for granting a waiver. The performance-based standards are available 

Autonomy Hub Launches On the Backbone of New FAA Drone Regulations

Autonomy Hub Launches On the Backbone of New FAA Drone Regulations

This Week Community News and Andrew King, did a wonderful piece on the new drone Part 107 regulation rules from the Federal Aviation Administration and how it will impact the aviation and commercial landscape of unmanned systems.

He interviewed our Autonomy Hub Founder and the Midwest Director for Tesla Foundation, Loren Stone, as a contributor for this article, while highlighting the launch of Autonomy Hub, in the Franklinton area of Columbus, Ohio.

Autonomous Robots and the Future of Warfare Decided by the Next Presidency

"The Next President Will Decide the Fate of Killer Robots—and the Future of War". While the general public does not want to focus on the benefits of warfare with autonomous technology it is a reality that drives innovation and implementation into our common everyday use. The use of the revolutionary technology like GPS, drones and microwaves for example are a result of warfare inventions.

A New Brand Standard In the Education of Unmanned Aerial Systems

A New Brand Standard In the Education of Unmanned Aerial Systems

Tesla Foundation Announces an Education Partnership

for a Brand Standard in Unmanned Aerial Systems

with Sinclair Community College, Ohio

Partnership Spearheaded by Loren Stone, Newly Appointed Midwest Director, Tesla Foundation Group and Founder, Autonomy Hub