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  • Proposed Rules Would Allow U.S. to Track and Destroy Drones

    05/24/2017 12:13:32 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 17 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 23, 2017 | CHARLIE SAVAGE
    The Trump administration is asking Congress to give the federal government sweeping powers to track, hack and destroy any type of drone over domestic soil with a new exception to laws governing surveillance, computer privacy and aircraft protection, according to a document obtained by The New York Times. The draft bill’s language would authorize the government to summarily track, seize control of and use force to destroy any unmanned aircraft it determines may pose a security threat to an area designated for special protection. The government would have to respect “privacy, civil rights and civil liberties” when exercising that power,...
  • What's the Deal With China's Surface Skimming Anti-Ship Drone-Missile Hybrid?

    05/05/2017 2:01:08 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    The Drive ^ | MAY 4, 2017 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    The news that China is working on an anti-ship drone-missile hybrid of sorts has been bouncing around social media as of late, after a photo and details about the weapon surfaced recently. The system is centered around a wing-in-ground-effect optimized airframe—a concept made famous by the Soviet Union's enigmatic Ekranoplans, and in particular, the giant Caspian Sea Monster. Ground effect craft can efficiently skim very low over the ground at high speeds by leveraging the decreased drag and increased lift that occurs as a result of an aircraft's wings interacting with the air directly above the planet's surface. Although some...
  • US Deploys High Altitude Drone To Spy On North Korea

    05/02/2017 4:12:15 PM PDT · by blam · 34 replies
    News Sentinel ^ | 5-2-2017
    Original newz story - Click here The US Air Force deployed an RQ-4 Global Hawk high-altitude surveillance drone at Yokota Air Base on Monday night, starting a five-month operation in Tokyo, Japan Times reports. The drone, the first of five to arrive in Japan, is tasked to survey ballistic missiles and nuclear facilities in North Korea, and is part of the 69th Reconnaissance Group Detachment 1. Global Hawks do not have offensive capabilities. Its mission is to provide near real-time aerial imagery reconnaissance support to U.S. and partner nations, according to the base’s website. Four more Global Hawks are slated...
  • Syria war: Israel Patriot missile downs 'target' over Golan

    04/27/2017 12:54:58 PM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 3 replies
    BBC ^ | 27 Apr 17
    Israel shot down "a target" over the Golan Heights, hours after it was accused of a missile strike at a military site near Damascus international airport. Israel deployed its Patriot missile defence system and media reported the target was a drone. The earlier strike had damaged what Syrian rebels said was an arms depot run by Lebanon's Hezbollah movement. Israel said the explosion was "consistent" with its policy. But it stopped short of confirming it was responsible
  • Mannequin in drone-carried hammock fools some in Georgia [Russia]

    04/22/2017 11:36:00 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    GephartDaily ^ | 04/22/2017 | upi
    Astonished residents of a city in the Republic of Georgia captured footage of what appeared to be a man riding in a drone-carried hammock. Video captured by witnesses in Khashuri shows what appears to be a man lounging in a hammock carried high over the city by a large hexacopter drone.
  • Saudi Arabia Buying and Building Chinese Armed Drones

    04/12/2017 10:55:54 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    AIN online ^ | April 12, 2017 | Chen Chuanren and Chris Pocock
    The Wing Loong II first flew in late February (main photo, Chinese Internet). The armed CH-4 was unveiled at the Xhuhai airshow in 2012 (inset, Vladimir Karnozov) Saudi Arabia has now been confirmed as the customer that has ordered from China a large quantity of the Wing Loong II UCAV that made its first flight on February 27. Chinese state news agency Xinhua said that this is the country’s largest-ever arms export. Media in Saudi Arabia reported that the Kingdom will acquire 300 Chinese UAVs (eg. Wing Loong IIs) worth approximately $10 billion. The Wing Loong (Pterodactyl) series is produced...
  • China to open first drone factory in Saudi Arabia

    03/29/2017 9:41:12 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    Al Araby ^ | 26 March, 2017
    China to open first drone factory in Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia has granted permission for a Chinese firm to set up the Middle East's first drone factory, which will manufacture hunter-killer aerial drones. The kingdom's key science and technology organisation confirmed that the factory's setup was agreed during King Salman's visit to China this month. According to IHS Jane's Defence Weekly, the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) signed a partnership agreement on March 16 with the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), which manufactures China's CH-4 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Earlier this month, Saudi Arabia and...
  • Would YOU take this Italian UFO for a spin? Concept drone seats two people and hits speeds of 120mph

    03/28/2017 2:14:39 AM PDT · by cba123 · 27 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | Published: 07:39 EDT, 27 March 2017 | Harry Pettit For Mailonline
    This strange vehicle might look like a flying saucer, but it's not for extraterrestrials. Humans looking for a trip that's truly 'out of this world' can now fly in style with the I.F.O or 'Identified Flying Object', a proposed two-seater drone concept that looks like a UFO. The I.F.O is powered by eight electric rotary engines that push the saucer to an estimated top speed of 120mph (190kph) and can lift it to the average helicopter altitude. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4352540/UFO-drone-seats-two-passengers-reaches-120mph-190kph.html#ixzz4cbsQlITJ Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
  • West Virginia Senate Passes Drone Legislation

    03/27/2017 8:08:14 AM PDT · by Freeport · 14 replies
    Aero News Network ^ | Mar 27, 2017 | N/A
    Requires Law Enforcement To Obtain A Warrant In Most Cases The West Virginia Senate has passed and sent on the House of Delegates legislation that will regulate how drones can be used in the state. Under the provisions of the law, it would be illegal for anyone to use a drone to: •Intentionally take photographs or other types of images or publish such photographs or images of another person without the other person’s permission where the person being photographed or whose image is being captured has a reasonable expectation of privacy. •Physically harass another person or surveille another person without...
  • Suicide Drones Have Migrated To The Conflict In Yemen

    03/24/2017 6:32:13 AM PDT · by Freeport · 7 replies
    The Drive ^ | March 24, 2017 | Tyler Rogoway
    Iran has been smuggling suicidal drones, similar to models developed by Israel, to Houthi rebels in Yemen. The drones are outfitted for attacks on UAE and Saudi Patriot missile batteries. The news comes via examination of seven Qasef-1 drones that were interdicted or captured in Yemen. Iran runs a fairly elaborate smuggling operation that furnishes weapons and other material to Houthi rebels in western Yemen. According to a report by Conflict Armament Research, six of the drones were captured last October along a known smuggling route that runs through Oman. Another was recovered following a February attack by Houthi...
  • A Country Just Used a Patriot Missile to Take Down a $200 Drone

    03/18/2017 7:24:14 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 35 replies
    Futurism ^ | Mar. 18, 2017 | Dom Galeon and Kristin Houser
    A Country Just Used a Patriot Missile to Take Down a $200 Drone by Dom Galeon and Kristin Houser Serious Overkill In a rather unusual show of force, a U.S. ally shot down a small quadcopter drone using a Patriot missile, according to Gen. David Perkins, speaking at the Association of the United States Army’s Global Force symposium. And it wasn’t a drill. “We have a very close ally of ours that was dealing with an adversary using small quadcopter [unmanned aircraft systems],” Perkins said. “They shot it down with a Patriot missile.” A Patriot is a surface-to-air missile (SAM)...
  • Intruder breaches White House grounds, arrested near residence entrance

    03/11/2017 8:08:55 AM PST · by Red Badger · 33 replies
    CNN ^ | Updated 10:59 AM ET, Sat March 11, 2017 | By Jeff Zeleny and Peter Morris
    The south side of the White House is seen January 26, 2015 in Washington, DC. A small aerial drone was found on the grounds of the White House but poses no threat, a spokesman for President Obama said on Monday. Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, said he did not have details about the size or type of the drone, but he said the Secret Service was investigating.
  • China has a flamethrower drone, and a surprisingly good use for it

    03/02/2017 1:00:49 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 23 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | February 24, 2017 | Trevor Mogg
    China has a flamethrower drone, and a surprisingly good use for it By Trevor Mogg — February 24, 2017 12:10 AM In the exciting world of remotely controlled multi-rotor flying machines — known popularly as “drones” — an increasing number of businesses are waking up to the idea that the technology could prove useful in their own line of work. Already, movie production outfits big and small are making full use of camera-equipped drones, while other industries such as entertainment, agriculture, and real estate are also looking to incorporate the unmanned aerial vehicles into their operations. Of course, regulatory hurdles...
  • ISIS Drones have become more deadly

    01/28/2017 8:57:32 AM PST · by darkwing104 · 16 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | Saturday, January 28, 2017 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    The Islamic State has deployed a new threat in the battlefield and potentially in the West. The terrorists are launching commercially available drones and remote controlled aircrafts that are being weaponized. They are being used as grenade launchers, kamikaze bombers, flying decoys and for reconnaissance. They have the potential to be used as terror weapons on civilian population in the West. This new capability has alarmed western armed forces, making it clear that the Islamic State one day could attack urban areas from the air as well as on the ground. Many of the drones and RCs being adapted are...
  • The Threat of Terrorism Spoofing

    01/26/2017 9:52:06 AM PST · by johnatures · 10 replies
    New York Observer ^ | January 24, 2017 | John A. Tures
    Imagine terrorists using new technology to trick planes into crashing into buildings. It may sound like a Die Hard movie, but the premise, which involves “GPS spoofing,” troubles our nation’s intelligence and law enforcement agencies. Spoofing became a big deal when University of Texas professor Todd Humphreys accepted a challenge a few years ago from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to use this method to commandeer one of the agency’s drones via a GPS device. Much to their astonishment, he was successful. “It’s easiest to understand GPS spoofing by comparing it with GPS jamming,” Humphreys told the Observer. “Jamming...
  • Breathtaking Drone Flight: Sunset Over Hong Kong

    01/25/2017 12:21:48 PM PST · by Trumpnation · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1/25/17 | JR
    Breathtaking footage of Hong Kong as sunset approaches. Shot on 1-24-17. This technology just blows me away.
  • Media Warns Of Inauguration Drone Bombing, Not 'Safe'

    01/19/2017 6:07:57 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 44 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 01/19/17 | Paul Bedard
    The media is raising concerns about a drone bombing at the 58th Presidential Inauguration on Friday. On Thursday's "Today" show, a report indicated that U.S. Secret Service has put in place several anti-drone efforts out of concern that an I-inspired "flying IED" will smash into the crowd, or worse. The report quoted an official from a drone countermeasure firm saying that the Inauguration "is not something I would feel safe at." Reports of violent protests and attacks has Washington on edge, though past threats have never come. But the "Today" show report, headlined "Drone Danger At Inauguration? Dealing with a...
  • Drone SWARM: Non-Combat application?

    Ref: Drone SWARM technology https://www.google.com/amp/compositesmanufacturingmagazine.com/2017/01/department-of-defense-successfully-tests-composite-drones/amp/
  • 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 Aéreas de Moçambique (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.