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  • Drone smashes into Boeing passenger plane during landing

    01/08/2017 8:19:16 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    RT ^ | 7 Jan, 2017 14:23
    A drone smashed into a Boeing plane with 80 passengers and 6 crew on board, causing substantial damage to the aircraft as it prepared to land at an airport in Mozambique. The Boeing 737-700 belonging to airline Linhas Aťreas de MoÁambique (LAM) was operating a domestic flight when it was struck as it approached Tete airport, according to the Aviation Herald. The crew heard a loud bang but continued their approach, suspecting a bird had struck the plane. However, later examination revealed the damage was more substantial than initially thought and caused by an apparent drone collision. Photos shared online...
  • EU drone spying on Jewish towns crashes near Mt. Hevron

    01/02/2017 12:19:50 PM PST · by JOHN ADAMS · 15 replies
    Israel National News ^ | January 2, 2017 | Gary Willig
    A drone with a video camera which crashed in a wooded area on Mount Hevron revealed a European Union (EU) espionage operation intended to spy on and gather intelligence about Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria. The footage from the drone was retrieved after it crashed in view of residents of the town of Ma'on in Judea, Channel 2 reported. The footage shows the drone flying low over residents before crashing next to a car. It was then retrieved by the residents.
  • 2017 Ė The Year Of The Drone

    01/02/2017 8:19:24 AM PST · by bananaman22 · 12 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 02-01-2017 | Michael
    Drones are being seriously considered for use in a number of important applications from military functions, like bomb disposal, to energy applications, like remote pipeline monitoring and inspection. But as the Federal government works to finalize rules on the use of drones in commercial applications, the drones are increasingly finding their way into more and more unusual settings Ė like the delivery of slurpees. Convenience store operator, 7-Eleven is an unlikely participant in drone delivery operating at the bleeding edge of the space. The company has partnered with drone delivery service Flirtey and in November, the two companies completed 77...
  • 7-Eleven completes 77 drone deliveries in the US

    12/22/2016 6:28:10 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 13 replies
    CNET ^ | 12/21/16 | Carrie Mihalcik
    Oh, thank heaven for drones. 7-Eleven, one of the world's largest chains of convenience stores, has completed 77 delivers via drone to customers in Reno, Nevada. The deliveries were made in collaboration with Flirtey, a commercial drone startup that began working with the retail chain over the summer. In November, Flirty made regular deliveries from a 7-Eleven store in Reno to a dozen select customers who used a custom app to place orders, the company said in a release Tuesday. Popular items for drone delivery included hot foods, cold beverages and over-the-counter medicines, said the company. On average, orders were...
  • Pentagon says China has returned unmanned underwater drone (about darned time)

    12/19/2016 10:24:55 PM PST · by cba123 · 13 replies
    Yahoo / Associated Press ^ | LOLITA C. BALDOR
    WASHINGTON (AP) ó China has returned to the U.S. an unmanned underwater drone the Chinese Navy seized unlawfully last week in international waters, the Pentagon said. China's defense ministry said it handed the drone back after "friendly consultations." The Chinese Navy vessel that had seized the drone returned it near the location where it had been taken, Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said in a statement issued late Monday. The incident occurred last Thursday near the Philippines. (more at the link)
  • Stealing the drone... back?

    12/18/2016 9:27:23 AM PST · by BlackAdderess · 42 replies
    Twitter ^ | 12/17/2016 | @realDonaldTrump
    "We should tell China that we don't want the drone they stole back.- let them keep it!"
  • "We should tell China that we don't want the drone they stole back.- let them keep it!"

    12/17/2016 6:20:24 PM PST · by Mechanicos · 144 replies
    Twitter (Trump's) ^ | 12/17/16 | Donald J Trump
    "We should tell China that we don't want the drone they stole back.- let them keep it!" https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/810288321880555520
  • China says it will return US drone it seized

    12/17/2016 1:39:13 PM PST · by blueyon · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/17/16 | By Mallory Shelbourne
    China said Saturday it will return the unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) it seized in the South China Sea from the U.S., the Pentagon confirmed. "We have registered our objection to China's unlawful seizure of a U.S. unmanned underwater vehicle operating in international waters in the South China Sea," Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said in a statement. "Through direct engagement with Chinese authorities, we have secured an understanding that the Chinese will return the UUV to the United States," he said. China earlier had indicted it would return the unmanned device, while accusing the U.S. of having "hyped" the issue. "Upon...
  • Trump calls Chinaís seizure of US drone Ďunpresidentedí

    12/17/2016 7:28:19 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 72 replies
    NY Post ^ | December 17, 2017 | By Kathianne Boniello
    The seizing of an unmanned US Navy drone by the Chinese is an ďunpresidented [sic] act,Ē President-elect Donald Trump tweeted early Saturday. The USNS Bowditch, which has a civilian crew, was about to retrieve the underwater device Thursday when it was snapped up by a Chinese warship in the South China Sea. ďChina steals United States Navy research drone in international waters Ė rips it out of water and takes it to China in unpresidented [sic] act,Ē Trump wrote on Twitter. Heís since deleted the misspelled tweet. The $150,000, 10-foot drone was part of a scientific mission collecting oceanographic data....
  • US Defense official: Chinese warship stole US underwater drone

    12/16/2016 8:21:15 AM PST · by ColdOne · 10 replies
    cnn.com ^ | 12/16/16 | Barbara Starr,
    (CNN)A US oceanographic vessel Thursday had its underwater drone stolen by a Chinese warship literally right in front of the eyes of the American crew, a US defense official told CNN Friday. In the latest encounter in international waters in the South China Sea region, the USNS Bowditch was sailing about 100 miles off the port at Subic Bay when the incident occurred, according to the official. Bowditch had stopped in the water to pick up two underwater drones. At that point a Chinese naval ship that had been shadowing the Bowditch put a small boat into the water. That...
  • China's Navy seizes American underwater drone in South China Sea

    12/16/2016 9:04:21 AM PST · by mandaladon · 85 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 16 Dec 2016 | Phil Stewart
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Chinese Navy warship has seized an underwater drone deployed by an American oceanographic vessel in international waters in the South China Sea, triggering a formal diplomatic protest from the United States and a demand for its return, a U.S. defense official told Reuters on Friday. The incident, the first of its kind in recent memory, took place on Dec. 15 northwest of Subic Bay off the Philippines just as the USNS Bowditch, an oceanographic survey ship, was about to retrieve the unmanned, underwater vehicle (UUV), the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. "The UUV was...
  • US Defense official: Chinese warship stole US underwater drone

    12/16/2016 8:22:13 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 18 replies
    CNN ^ | 12/16/16 | Barbara Starr
    US oceanographic vessel Thursday had its underwater drone stolen by a Chinese warship literally right in front of the eyes of the American crew, a US defense official told CNN Friday. In the latest encounter in international waters in the South China Sea region, the USNS Bowditch was sailing about 100 miles off the port at Subic Bay when the incident occurred, according to the official. Bowditch had stopped in the water to pick up two underwater drones. At that point a Chinese naval ship that had been shadowing the Bowditch put a small boat into the water. That small...
  • Iran Unveils Attack ĎSuicide Droneí

    10/26/2016 2:24:49 PM PDT · by detective · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 26 Oct 2016
    Iranís elite Revolutionary Guards said on Wednesday they had developed a ďsuicide droneĒ capable of delivering explosives to blow up targets at sea and on land. The new drone is primarily for maritime surveillance and ďhas not been designed to be armed with missiles,Ē the Tasnim news agency, which is close to the Guards, reported.
  • North Dakota pipeline protestersí drone shot after buzzing police helicopter

    10/23/2016 1:06:23 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 23, 2016 | Valerie Richardson
    Police officers shot at a drone operated by activists during Sundayís North Dakota pipeline protest after the aircraft flew near a police helicopter, leaving passengers ďin fear of their lives.Ē The drone ďflew at a helicopter in a threatening mannerĒ above a protest at a Dakota Access pipeline construction site, prompting officers to fire ďless-than-lethalĒ ammunition at the drone, which then was landed by its operator, according to the Morton County Sheriffís Department. ďA sheriff on board the helicopter reported to law enforcement on the ground that the helicopter pilot and passengers were Ďin fear of their lives,í and that...
  • Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Proposed Drone Strike On Julian Assange (trunc)

    10/03/2016 7:09:06 AM PDT · by NYRepublican72 · 79 replies
    True Pundit.com ^ | 10/3/2016 | True Pundit
  • Was SpaceX rocket hit by a drone? Shock claims Elon Muskís Falcon 9 was 'attacked'

    09/03/2016 9:10:37 PM PDT · by Nachum · 38 replies
    Daily Star Sunday ^ | 9/3/16 | Joshua Nevett
    Now conspiracy theorists are claiming the space rocket was ďattackedĒ. The ďreusableĒ rocket was destroyed after suffering a catastrophic explosion on launch at Cape Canaveral in Florida, US on Thursday. The huge blast, which caused no injuries, ripped through the rocket during a pre-launch check Ė sending plumes of thick black smoke into the air. Billionaire SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said the cause of the explosion, which was caught on camera, is still unknown.
  • Lawsuit grounds Israeli-German drone deal (General Atomics' suit)

    09/01/2016 5:18:42 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | SEPTEMBER 1, 2016
    Germanyís plan to lease Israeli drones has been put on hold after a legal challenge by US weapons manufacturer. In January, German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen announced the plan to lease Israel Aerospace Industriesí Eitan (ďSteadfastĒ) Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. The drones, also known as Heron TPs, have a range of over 7,400 kilometers (4,600 miles), and can remain airborne for more than 70 hours. This lease was intended to serve a temporary need until 2025, when Germany, Italy and France expect to complete development of a joint drone. However, on Monday, US firm General Atomics, maker of the...
  • Meet Israelís 'Suicide Squad' of Self-Sacrificing Drones

    08/09/2016 10:40:44 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    THE DRIVE ^ | AUGUST 8, 2016 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    When you first see Israel Aircraft Industries' Harop drone, the "Star Trek" association is unmistakable. Like the Klingon Bird of Prey it resembles, the Harop is small, maneuverable, nearly impossible to detect, relatively inexpensive, and is downright deadly. And when it comes to accomplishing its mission, it even operates on the belief that ďtoday is a great day to die.Ē The diminutive drone doesnít carry any munitions; it doesnít need to, because it is the munition. A 50-pound high explosive charge is part of the Harop itself, and if it finds an enemy radar or another target of opportunity in...
  • FACEBOOK TAKES FLIGHT

    07/30/2016 4:53:14 AM PDT · by Mr Apple · 13 replies
    THE VERGE ^ | June 28, 2016 | Casey Newton
    Inside the test flight of Facebookís first internet drone.
  • Air Force To Test Target Drone Turned Low-Cost Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle

    07/15/2016 6:28:17 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    THE DRIVE ^ | July 13, 2016 | Tyler Rogoway
    The Air Force Research Laboratory has awarded target drone builder Kratos a contract to execute what it calls a Low-Cost Attritable Strike Unmanned Aerial System Demonstration (LCASD). This proof-of-concept initiative is centered on creating a (relatively) cheap unmanned combat aircraft that the USAF can afford to lose in combat, even opting to do so willingly by sending it on a one-way mission if need be. Alternatively, if the vehicle had the range to return to friendly territory, it could be repeatedly recovered and launched again on other missions, even from small bases without runways. The contractís total value is $40.8...
  • This Israeli Drone Ship May Be Small But It Packs A Big Torpedo

    06/29/2016 9:14:07 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    THE DRIVE ^ | JUNE 29, 2016 | Tyler Rogoway
    Elbit Systemsí 12-meter experimental Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV), dubbed Seagull, has been busy testing new capabilities and control concepts in recent months. The idea is that a small swarm of these craftówell, just two right nowócan be controlled from a single workstation, deployed either ashore or on a ship. From there, tasks such as harbor patrol and force protection, mine detection, search and rescue and even anti-submarine warfare can be conducted with maximum efficiency. The Seagullís semi-autonomous control concept, long endurance (up to 96 hours of runtime), advanced sensor suite, and ease of adaptation could allow it to be a...
  • Afghan Taliban Sources Confirm Death of Leader

    05/22/2016 8:32:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Sunday, 22 May 2016
    Senior Afghan Taliban sources on Sunday confirmed the death of their chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour in a US drone strike in Pakistan, adding a shura or council is underway to decide his successor. ďI can say with good authority that Mullah Mansour is no more,Ē a senior Taliban source told AFP. Mansourís death was confirmed by two other senior figures, who said the groupís top leaders were gathering in Quetta to name their future chief. Earlier, Reuters quoted a US official as saying that Mansour was ďlikely killedĒ along with another combatant.
  • PM Modiís US visit: India asks US for Predator C drones

    06/09/2016 4:58:08 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    India has formally asked the United States for Predator C Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicles (UCAVs), a leading defence journal says. Reliable sources told India Strategic that the Predator C requirement has been mentioned at a very high level during Prime Minister Narendra Modiís just-concluded visit to Washington. Now that India is getting into the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), President Barack Obama will ask the State and Defense Departments to consider the Indian request. Predator C is made by General Atomics Aeronautical System Inc. (GA-ASI), which has already offered an unarmed version, Predator XP, to the Indian Air Force (IAF)...
  • FAA Warns of GPS Outages This Month During Mysterious Tests on the West Coast

    06/07/2016 9:25:27 AM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 84 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 06/07/2016 | Matt Novak
    FAA Warns of GPS Outages This Month During Mysterious Tests on the West Coast http://gizmodo.com/faa-warns-of-gps-outages-this-month-during-mysterious-t-1780866590
  • Refugees Will Build Drones As Part Of Federally Funded Jobs Program

    05/23/2016 9:06:41 PM PDT · by george76 · 82 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | 05/23/2016 | RACHEL STOLTZFOOS
    The Department of Labor has awarded Utica, New York, $2 million to teach young refugees how to build drones as part of a summer jobs program. About 400 teenage refugee students living in the city will get part-time summer jobs through the program, as well as tutoring in English and Math. Those who demonstrate academic competence will then take part in a year-long drone building challenge during the school year, as the work and tutoring continues. The 14- and 15-year-old refugee students will learn how to design a drone and then construct their own model using the lab of the...
  • Pakistan: US drone strike violated sovereignty

    05/22/2016 1:36:39 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 22, 2016 | Rebecca Savransky
    Pakistan said the United States drone strike that reportedly killed a Taliban leader violated its sovereignty, The Guardian reported . Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in an airstrike on Saturday in Pakistan, CNN confirmed , according to sources within al Qaeda and the Taliban. U.S. officials said the drone strike was authorized by President Obama. But Pakistan said Sunday the U.S. government didn't tell Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of its plans ahead of the strike. ďThis is a violation of Pakistanís sovereignty,Ē Sharif told reporters in London, according to The Guardian. The Guardian reported that the American government...
  • U.S. drones strike at Afghan Taliban leader in Pakistan

    05/21/2016 4:03:16 PM PDT · by Enchante · 24 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | May 21, 2016 | Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States carried out a drone strike on Saturday against the leader of Afghan Taliban, likely killing him on the Pakistan side of the remote border region with Afghanistan in a mission authorized by U.S. President Barack Obama, officials said.
  • Drone collision with jet highlights growing aviation danger

    04/18/2016 12:33:51 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 19 replies
    phys.org ^ | April 18, 2016 | By Jill Lawless
    A collision between a British Airways passenger jet and a drone over London has left the plane undamaged but the aviation industry deeply shaken. British police and air accident authorities were investigating Sunday's incident, in which an Airbus A320 carrying 137 people struck an object believed to be a drone at a height of about 1,700 feet (518 meters) while it was approaching Heathrow Airport. The plane landed safely and was cleared to fly again after an inspection by engineers. But the incident has focused attention on the growing number of unregulated drones in the sky and the potential for...
  • 'Drone' hits British Airways plane approaching Heathrow Airport

    04/17/2016 6:46:33 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 13 replies
    BBC ^ | 4/17/2016 | unattributed
    A plane approaching Heathrow Airport is believed to have hit a drone before it landed safely, the Metropolitan Police has said. The British Airways flight from Geneva was hit as it approached the London airport at about 12:50 BST with 132 passengers and five crew on board. After landing, the pilot reported an object - believed to be a drone - had struck the front of the Airbus A320. Police said no arrests have been made. If confirmed, it is believed to be the first incident of its kind in the UK. A British Airways spokesman said: "Our aircraft landed...
  • A Drone Flies Through A Rotting, Abandoned $17.5 Million Vancouver Mansion; This Is What It Saw

    04/15/2016 5:59:08 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 31 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 4-15-16 | Tyler Durden
    So far, heís filmed five properties in Point Grey and a few in the south Cambie area. Many of them sit behind blue fences, the telltale sign a backhoe is on its way. Fieldwalker said accessing the properties is simple: ďWe just go up to them and shoot.Ē In the following film posted to Fieldwalkerís Vimeo page, the viewer is brought inside a 3,430 square-foot Point Grey teardown on Drummond Drive, which last year sold for $17.5 million. The propertyís overgrown lawn, mossy shingles, smashed windows and missing doors suggest itís been many years since anyone called it home. It's...
  • Amazing Drone Video of Once Forgotten Arthur Kill Ship Graveyard

    03/31/2016 3:07:32 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 26 replies
    gCaptain ^ | March 31, 2016 | Mike Schuler
    Some cool drone footage by Youtuber Jersey Drone of ships left abandoned at Staten Islandís Arthur Kill ship graveyard, eerily located on the Arthur Kill channel separating New York and New Jersey.
  • Flirtey makes first urban drone delivery in FAA test, beating Amazon to the punch

    03/26/2016 11:55:24 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 35 replies
    Geek Wire ^ | March 25, 2016 | Alan Boyle
    Flirtey makes first urban drone delivery in FAA test, beating Amazon to the punch by Alan Boyle on March 25, 2016 at 5:07 pm Flirteyís hexacopter hovers over Nevada during a drone delivery test. (Credit: Flirtey) A startup named Flirtey says itís executed the first FAA-approved urban drone delivery in the United States, in a test that could blaze a trail for Amazon and other companies that want to do the same thing. The GPS-guided drop-off to an unoccupied house took place on March 10 in Hawthorne, Nev. The package of supplies, including bottled water, emergency food supply and a...
  • The dead water parks at the heart of Disney World Florida

    03/24/2016 10:41:33 AM PDT · by kingu · 66 replies
    bbc.co.uk Newsbeat ^ | March 20, 2016 | staff
    Just east of the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World, Florida, is a lake. In the middle of Bay Lake is an island that Disney won't let anyone set foot on. That's because Discovery Island is home to an abandoned park that they'd rather nobody saw. Just across the water is another deserted park, River Country. These images show nature reclaiming what Disney left behind. These are the only Disney parks to close permanently. Discovery Island was a nature reserve open between 1974 and 1999 and River Country, a water theme park, operated from 1976 to 2001.
  • Lufthansa reports near miss with drone over Los Angeles

    03/18/2016 7:35:23 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    reuters ^ | 03/18/2016
    The close encounter between the wide-body, four-engine Airbus A380 and the drone occurred at about 1:30 p.m. at an altitude of 5,000 feet (152 metres) as the unmanned aircraft passed about 200 feet (61 meters) over the Lufthansa flight 14 miles (22.5 km) east of the airport, the FAA said. No evasive action was taken by the airline crew, and the plane, Lufthansa Flight 456, safely made its landing minutes later without further incident, according to FAA spokesman Ian Gregor. The FAA immediately alerted the Los Angeles Police Department's air support division, an LAPD spokesman said. The number of passengers...
  • Veil of secrecy lifted on Pentagon office planning ĎAvatarí fighters and drone swarms

    03/08/2016 9:35:23 PM PST · by Mariner · 15 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | March 8th, 2016 | By Dan Lamothe
    High over Alaska last summer, the Pentagon experimented with new, secret prototypes: Micro-drones that can be launched from the flare dispensers of moving F-16s and F/A-18 fighter jets. Canisters containing the tiny aircraft descended from the jets on parachutes before breaking open, allowing wings on each drone to swing out and catch the wind. Inch-wide propellers on the back provided propulsion as they found one another and created a swarm. The experiment was run by the secretive Strategic Capabilities Office, a Pentagon organization launched in summer 2012 to figure out how to best counter growing strategic threats from China and...
  • Man who shot down drone pleads guilty to criminal mischief

    02/13/2016 9:51:13 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 72 replies
    AP ^ | 02/13/16
  • Iran to unveil drone; Nation of Islam‚Äôs Louis Farrakhan to attend ceremony

    02/09/2016 9:58:57 AM PST · by Fali_G · 12 replies
    The Foreign Desk ^ | 02/09/2016 | Lisa Daftari
    Iran's regime will parade a homegrown drone in a ceremony Feb. 11, marking the 37th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, Iranian media announced Tuesday. The drone, known as Shahed 129, which means 'witness' in Persian, will be displayed at an event Thursday with remarks by President Hassan Rouhani and special guest Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who will deliver a speech. The announcement comes from Tasnim News, a Tehran-based media outlet with strong ties to Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), with stated aims to defend Iran's Islamic government against damaging media propaganda. First introduced by Iran's Revolutionary Guard in...
  • Iran claims it flew a drone over a US aircraft carrier and snapped ‚Äėprecise‚Äô photos

    01/29/2016 9:53:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 01/29/2016 | Nasser Karimi and Jon Gambrell, Associated Press
    <p>TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran flew a surveillance drone over a U.S. aircraft carrier and took "precise" photographs of it as part of an ongoing naval drill, state media reported Friday. The U.S. Navy said an unarmed Iranian drone flew near a French and American carrier earlier this month, but couldn't confirm it was the same incident.</p>
  • Jury convicts man on 31 counts in prison drone plot trial (MD)

    01/16/2016 6:14:19 PM PST · by bgill · 6 replies
    kxan ^ | Jan. 15, 2016 | AP
    A jury convicted a man of 31 offenses Friday for plotting to fly illegal drugs, a cellphone and other contraband aboard a drone into a maximum-security state prison. Thaddeus C. Shortz, 25, of Knoxville, could face more than 50 years in prison for crimes that include contraband, drug, conspiracy and firearm convictions. His sentencing wasn’t scheduled. The Allegany County Circuit Court jury deliberated about two hours and 15 minutes after two days of testimony. The panel of eight men and four women convicted Shortz on all but four of the charged offenses. He was acquitted on two counts each of...
  • You may be powerless to stop a drone from hovering over your own yard

    01/13/2016 6:49:44 PM PST · by Paladin2 · 49 replies
    WAPO ^ | jan 13, 2016 | Andrea Peterson and Matt McFarland
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  • Drone Flying Alongside Obama's Motorcade In Hawaii Stopped By Secret Service

    12/29/2015 12:58:47 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 17 replies
    International Business Times ^ | Tuesday, December 29, 2015 | Sneha Shankar
    The U.S. Secret Service stopped a drone Monday from flying alongside the motorcade of President Barack Obama, who is on a vacation with his family in Hawaii. In this photo, Obama's motorcade is seen heading to Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kailua, Hawaii, Dec. 31, 2014. The U.S. Secret Service stopped a man from flying a recreational drone alongside President Barack Obama’s motorcade in Hawaii, reports said late Monday. The incident occurred at 4:00 p.m., local time, (9:00 p.m. EST) and was brought under control within minutes. The operator landed the drone near himself after agents from Secret Service approached...
  • Rogue toy drones are interfering with military operations

    12/24/2015 9:40:36 AM PST · by Seizethecarp · 33 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 24, 2015 | Craig Whitlock
    The Air Force revolutionized drone warfare. Now it‚Äôs finding itself on the defensive. Rogue toy drones ‚ÄĒ a hot-selling Christmas gift this season and last ‚ÄĒ are starting to interfere with military operations at several bases across the country. With sales of consumer drones expected to approach 700,000 this year, military officials say they are bracing for the problem to get worse and are worried about the potential for an aviation disaster. Last month, an Air Force A-29 Super Tucano aircraft reported a near midair collision with a small rogue drone over the Grand Bay Bombing and Gunnery Range in...
  • Report: The FAA's Drone Registry Will Be Public‚ÄĒIncluding Names and Addresses

    12/18/2015 4:26:44 PM PST · by bigbob · 27 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 12-18-15 | Alissa Walker
    On Monday, the FAA will launch its online registry for drone operators with the aim of collecting personal information from the owners of these unmanned aircraft. But according to a report from Forbes, all those names and addresses will eventually be publicly available. Which seems... kinda scary? Over at Forbes, John Goglia says he’s been poking the FAA for answers ever since the FAQ about registration went up. Of particular concern are two contradictory statements from the FAA and DOT. The FAA says only their agency and a contractor will have access to the personal information collected. The DOT says...
  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Registration (Dec 21 deadline)

    12/14/2015 5:57:26 PM PST · by bigbob · 26 replies
    FAA.GOV ^ | 12/14/15 | FAA
    If you own a drone, you must register it with the Federal Aviation Administration's Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) registry. A federal law effective December 21, 2015 requires unmanned aircraft registration, and you are subject to civil and criminal penalties if you do not register. More info and FAQ at the link
  • Drone Footage Leads To Pair's Lewdness Arrest

    12/04/2015 2:40:45 PM PST · by Red Badger · 37 replies
    www.thesmokinggun.com ^ | 12/04/2015 | Staff
    Convicted prostitute was filmed underneath john in parked truck DECEMBER 4--An Oklahoma prosecutor has filed criminal charges against an alleged hooker and her john after a drone operated by an anti-prostitution activist recorded the pair trysting in the man‚Äôs truck. Amanda Zolicoffer, 27, and Douglas Blansett, 75, are each facing a misdemeanor public lewdness count in connection with an incident earlier this year in Oklahoma City. The criminal case against Zolicoffer and Blansett (seen at right) is a result of the work of Brian Bates, an Oklahoma ‚Äúvideo vigilante‚ÄĚ who has long recorded hookers and their clients in the act....
  • Drone

    12/02/2015 8:20:06 AM PST · by Allen In Texas Hill Country · 41 replies
    I'm kinda thinking about getting a drone to goof around with. I live in an adult community and talking with the board about it. I might have to walk out the gate first. Anybody have any experience with make, models and cost? Yeah, I'd like to have a camera and be able to stay up for 15 minutes with a range of 2 or 3 hundred yards. Is it possible to fly outside of visual contact and fly by the camera for a bit? Hmmm need a screen on the controls for that to happen. That'd be a bit more...
  • Amazon shows off new prototype delivery drone

    11/30/2015 2:57:44 AM PST · by Libloather · 30 replies
    CNET ^ | 11/29/15 | Steven Musil
    Amazon is offering a closer look at the drones it plans to use to eventually deliver customers' packages, nearly two years to the day after the Internet retailer first teased us with its ambitions for the unmanned aerial vehicles. In a video posted to YouTube on Sunday (embedded below), Amazon showed off a new prototype drone it hopes to use to deliver small packages to customers in fewer than 30 minutes. Unlike a previous demonstration offered by Amazon that showed packages being carried below the drone, the new video shows the prototype accepting a package into its fuselage before delivery.
  • Drone Slams Into Truck Outside New Jersey Refinery

    11/18/2015 11:57:14 AM PST · by Red Badger · 30 replies
    newyork.cbslocal.com ^ | November 18, 2015 12:24 PM | Staff
    LINDEN, N.J. (CBSNewYork) ‚ÄĒ The FBI and local police are investigating after a drone fell out of the sky and crashed into a truck in New Jersey on Wednesday morning. As CBS2‚Äôs Christine Sloan reported, of particular concern to authorities is that the incident happened on a road just outside a Phillips 66 refinery in Linden. The driver of the truck apparently got out and had words with the operator of the drone, who took off, investigators said. John Victor Jacobson, head of New Jersey-based Drone Service Systems, said he cannot think of a good reason to fly one of...
  • New measures seek to prevent ISIS drone attack on Vatican in Year of Mercy

    11/18/2015 9:12:50 AM PST · by NYer · 19 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | November 18, 2015
    Drones are to be banned from the airspace over the centre of Rome, during the Year of Mercy as a precaution against ISIS attacks. In the wake of the Paris attacks, Italian Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said on Monday that drones will be banned from the airspace from December 8, as the Year of Mercy is due to attract millions of tourists to the Italian capital.Addressing the Italian Parliament, Mr Alfano said that security would be tightened around any potential target, particularly around St Peter’s Square, he said: “Particular attention has been dedicated to the risk of an attack...
  • British ISIS leader Jihadi John 'probably' killed in air strike

    11/13/2015 6:23:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Yahoo News via Reuters ^ | 11/13/2015 | By John Davison and Mariam Karouny
    BEIRUT (Reuters) - The United States targeted British Islamic State leader "Jihadi John" in an air attack in northern Syria which Britain said would "strike at the heart of Islamic State" if the militant's death is confirmed. British Prime Minister David Cameron said the death of Mohammed Emwazi, who was known as Jihadi John after appearing in videos showing the killings of U.S. and British hostages, could not yet be confirmed and the Pentagon said it was still assessing the effectiveness of the strike. But a U.S. official said Thursday's attack in the town of Raqqa, Islamic State's de facto...