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  • 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...
  • Drone recovered at Oklahoma prison carrying drugs, hacksaw blades

    10/29/2015 9:11:34 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 22 replies
    upi ^ | Oct. 28, 2015 | Ben Hooper
    MCALESTER, Okla., - The Oklahoma Department of Corrections said an aerial drone found crashed at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary contained drugs, hacksaw blades and a cellphone. The department said staff at the McAlester prison discovered the unmanned aerial vehicle upside down on the prison grounds about 9 a.m. Monday and the corrections officers determined it apparently hit the razor wire surrounding the facility and lost control. A package connected to the UAV with fishing line contained a pair of 12-inch hacksaw blades, a cellphone, a cellphone battery, a hands-free device, two packages of Newport Cigarettes, two packages of Black &...
  • Why We Need Swarms Of Autonomous Drones

    10/19/2015 12:28:36 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies
    VT VOX ^ | Oct 12, 2015 | ClaudiaR
    Why We Need Swarms Of Autonomous Drones by ClaudiaR 12/10/2015 Most drones fly high above the terrain, connected to their human operators, alone, one by one for now. The main beneficiary of this semi-unmanned technology has been the army so far. Fly alone, identify the target, controlled from the center the get the green light to launch the missile. The autonomous drone of the future are independent and no longer alone, instead, fly and swim in groups. Just like locusts, weíll have swarms of drones, communicating to each other and surrounding environment, like a mobile network of connected robots. Passed...
  • DroneDefender Is An Anti-Drone Death Ray That Can Shoot UAVs Out Of The Sky With Radio Waves

    10/18/2015 6:33:39 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies
    Tech Times ^ | October 15, 2015 | Quinten Plummer
    DroneDefender Is An Anti-Drone Death Ray That Can Shoot UAVs Out Of The Sky With Radio Waves By Quinten Plummer, Tech Times | October 15, 6:44 AM The impunity of drone operators may have run its course, as a science and technology firm has just unveiled means to reign in rogue UAVs (Unmanned Air Vehicles). This drone ray gun accosts drones without having to use kinetic force. Not only have drones flown ahead and out of reach of proper legislation, the UAVs have also skirted around just about every technology except for firearms. And even then, those firearms have to...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Russian jets 'intercept' US predator drones over Syria, officials say

    10/07/2015 10:20:35 PM PDT · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/07/2015 | Lucas Tomlinson
    Russian fighter jets shadowed U.S. predator drones on at least three separate occasions high above Syria since the start of Russiaís air campaign last week, according to two U.S. officials briefed on this latest intelligence from the region. Meanwhile, U.S. Navy Captain Jeff Davis told reporters a U.S. aircraft flying over Syria had to be rerouted to avoid a Russian fighter jet at least once. ďWe have taken action to maintain safe separation,Ē Davis said, adding that the U.S. aircraft "changed path a little bit." He did not disclose which type of U.S. aircraft was involved.
  • Drone shot down at Inhofe fundraiser

    09/13/2015 2:09:31 PM PDT · by skeptoid · 69 replies
    KFOR.com ^ | 01:04pm, September 13, 2015 | Nadia Judith Enchassi
    OKLAHOMA CITY ó An infamous fundraiser that involves shooting pigeons has taken down another flying object. A drone that was being used to film Senator Inhofeís pigeon fundraiser was grounded Saturday. The annual fundraiser earns money for the senator as guests shoot at tame, banded pigeons as theyíre thrown into the air. Showing Animals Respect and Kindness is an animal rights group that secretly filmed the fundraiser for Senator Jim Inhofe last year. This year, the group said they tried to use a drone to record the event Friday night in Greer County, but they reported the drone was shot...
  • Weaponized Drones For Law Enforcement Now Legal In North Dakota

    09/01/2015 4:44:59 PM PDT · by Theoria · 24 replies
    Forbes ^ | 26 Aug 2015 | Gregory Ferenstein
    †Drones can now legally fight criminals in the United States†with non-lethal weapons thanks to a recently amended bill in North Dakota. The lawís author, Representative Rick Becker, originally wanted to require police to secure a warrant for drone surveillance.But, then local law enforcement managed to sneak in the right to equip drones with tasers or rubber bullets by amending the original prohibition against lethal and non-lethal force to just limiting lethal weapons. Becker worries that this new franken-bill will have dramatic unintended consequences.ďI think itís important to maintain the humanity in making decisions to deploy weapons against another individual,Ē he...
  • Drone catches Benedictine monk chilling on top of wind turbine

    08/31/2015 7:25:34 AM PDT · by posterchild · 10 replies
    AP via new york post ^ | Aug 28, 2015
    PORTSMOUTH, R.I. ó A Benedictine monk who works at a private Rhode Island school has discovered that finding solitude is no easy feat, even 175 feet in the air. Brother Joseph Byron was recently relaxing atop the Portsmouth Abbey Schoolís wind turbine ó as he often does ó when a drone zoomed in. Video taken by the drone, owned by a Californian on vacation, shows Byron sprawled across the turbineís flat surface, with views of Narragansett Bay in the background. The footage was posted online this week.
  • Feds approve paper airplane drone flights

    08/28/2015 6:54:47 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/27/15 | Keith Laing
    Feds approve paper airplane drone flights By Keith Laing - 08/27/15 05:40 PM EDT The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved the use of a paper airplane that is a drone. The agency issued the approval for flights of a drone that is described as a "smartphone-controlled paper airplane." In doing so, it waived requirements for FAA approval of drone flights that are operated outside of restricted airspace and below 200 feet. The agency said the flights were approved for "aerial photography and videography" purposes. The makers of the paper airplane drone, Connecticut-based Tailor Toys PowerUp, tout the paper airplane...
  • Sources: ISIS No.2 likely killed in U.S. drone strike in Iraq

    08/21/2015 12:23:06 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | 08/21/2015 | By Barbara Starr
    The No. 2 figure in ISIS, Haji Mutazz, is believed to have been killed in an August 18 drone strike near Mosul, Iraq, several U.S. officials told CNN. The U.S. intelligence community is in the final stages of confirming the man who died was Mutazz, a top deputy to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Bagdadi, the officials said. The U.S. believes Mutazz was prominently involved in directing ISIS' financial operations. The reported death of Mutazz, who also goes by several other names, is a bit of a mystery. Several news organizations, including CNN, reported his death at the end of last...
  • We know what those 2 top-secret Clinton emails were about

    08/14/2015 6:17:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/14/2015 | BRADLEY KLAPPER, KEN DILANIAN, ASSOCIATED PRESS
    The two emails on Hillary Rodham Clinton's private server that an auditor deemed "top secret" include a discussion of a news article detailing a US drone operation and a separate conversation that could point back to highly classified material in an improper manner or merely reflect information collected independently, US officials who have reviewed the correspondence told The Associated Press. The sourcing of the information could have significant political implications as the 2016 presidential campaign heats up. Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic nomination, agreed this week to turn over to the FBI the private server she used as secretary...
  • Australian eagle takes down drone with talon 'punch'

    08/13/2015 6:08:52 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 14 replies
    upi. ^ | Aug. 12, 2015 | Ben Hooper
    MELBOURNE, An Australian videographer shooting footage with an aerial drone recorded the moment the device was knocked out of the sky by a "punch" from an eagle. The video, uploaded to YouTube by Melbourne Aerial Video, features the drone shooting aerial footage in a wooded area when a wedge-tailed eagle quickly appears and knocks the drone out of the sky. The drone crashes to the ground while the camera remains functional, shooting dizzying footage of the plummet before resting on a tranquil scene of leaves on the ground. The video's description said the bird of prey was "fine" after using...
  • 2m Wedge-Tailed Eagle takes down Drone. Watch it Punch it out of the sky -

    08/12/2015 2:36:56 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 14 replies
    Youtube ^ | 08/08/15
    To use this video in a commercial player or in broadcasts, please email licensing@storyful.com As seen on The herald sun, abc america
  • US Air Force's Mysterious X-37B Space Plane Passes 500 Days in Orbit

    04/24/2014 9:19:06 AM PDT · by lbryce · 53 replies
    Space.com ^ | Aril 24, 2014 | Mike Wall, Senior Writer
    An unmanned military space plane has achieved a major longevity milestone, zipping around Earth for 500 days on a clandestine mission for the United States government. The U.S. Air Force's X-37B space plane launched on its third and latest mission on Dec. 11, 2012. As of today (April 24), the vehicle has been aloft for 500 days ó far longer than its officially stated maximum orbital lifetime of 270 days. "Clearly, and understandably, the Air Force initially set the expected parameters [of the X-37B] conservatively, not really knowing what it could do until it was tested ó which is what...
  • Drone drops drugs in Ohio prison yard, sparking fight

    08/04/2015 4:51:20 PM PDT · by Libloather · 24 replies
    AP via MSN ^ | 8/04/15
    MANSFIELD, Ohio ó A drone dropped a package of drugs into a prison yard while inmates were outside, sparking a fight, prison officials said. The package was dropped July 29 at the Mansfield Correctional Institution, about 65 miles southwest of Cleveland. It contained almost a quarter of an ounce of heroin, over 2 ounces of marijuana and more than 5 ounces of tobacco, JoEllen Smith, a spokeswoman for the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, told the Mansfield News Journal (http://ohne.ws/1IDHjVN ). Smith said there have been other instances of drones breaching security and the agency is taking steps to increase...
  • Father who shot down drone hovering over his house as his daughters sunbathed is arrested

    08/01/2015 11:31:04 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 147 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 08/01/15
    A father has been arrested after shooting down an $1,800 drone that was reportedly hovering over his two sunbathing daughters. William H. Merideth, 47, from Kentucky was charged with first-degree criminal mischief and first-degree wanton endangerment. The owner of the drone claims he was only trying to take pictures of a friend's house when Merideth shot at the device, sending it crashing into a field near his yard last weekend. Sunday afternoon, the kids Ė my girls Ė were out on the back deck, and the neighbors were out in their yard," Merideth told WDRD. 'And they come in and...
  • Father Who Shot Down Drone Hovering Over His House as Daughter Sunbathed is Arrested

    08/01/2015 7:57:03 AM PDT · by ealgeone · 76 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 07/31/2015 | dailymail.com reporter
    A father shot was arrested after shooting down an $1,800 drone that was hovering over his sunbathing daughter. William H. Merideth, 47, from Kentucky was charged with first degree criminal mischief and first-degree wanton endangerment. The owner of the drone claims he was only trying to take pictures of a friend's house, when Merideth shot at the device, sending it crashing into a field near his yard last weekend.
  • Man shoots down drone hovering over house

    07/31/2015 2:31:27 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 49 replies
    CNet ^ | July 30, 2015 | Chris Matyszczyk
    Merideth allegedly told the police that a drone was hovering over his house, where his teen daughter (he has two) was sunbathing. So he pulled out his gun and gave it a merry death. Merideth was arrested for wanton endangerment and criminal mischief. There is, apparently, a local ordinance that says you can't shoot a gun off in the city, but the police charged him under a Kentucky Revised Statute.
  • Military exercise Black Dart to tackle nightmare drone scenario

    07/25/2015 7:03:46 PM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    NY Post ^ | 7/25/15 | Richard Whittle
    Sweat the small stuff. Thatís the unofficial motto for this yearís edition of the military exercise Black Dart, a two-week test of tactics and technologies to combat hostile drones that begins Monday on the Point Mugu range at Naval Base Ventura County in California. The military categorizes Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) by size and capability, from Group 5 drones that weigh more than 1,320 pounds and can fly above 18,000 feet like the Reaper, down to Group 1, mini- and micro-drones less than 20 pounds that fly lower than 1,200 feet. Previous Black Darts have covered threats to troops overseas...
  • Camera Drone Rescues a Stranded Drone, Interstellar-Style

    07/24/2015 1:44:03 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 11 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | 07/23/15 | Michael Zhang
    Freelance camera operator Harrisen Howes lost a small camera drone two months ago after his roommate ďdrunkenlyĒ crashed it onto a neighbors roof high overhead. After recently purchasing a larger, camera-equipped drone, Howes decided to try and rescue his old drone with his new one using some rope and hooks fashioned from coat hangers.