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  • The threat of drone attacks harming the White House or the president is very, very small

    01/26/2015 12:38:14 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 47 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 26, 2015 | Philip Bump
    At some point Sunday night, someone flew a small drone onto the grounds of the White House. White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters that the drone -- or, to remove the ambiguity of that overly broad term, the small quadcopter -- posed no threat to the building or its inhabitants. The incident raises the question: Could a small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) pose such a threat? To answer that, we need to know the answer to three other questions. How far can a UAV fly? How is it controlled? And: What can it carry? Could a larger drone...
  • Drone from God-knows-where lands on White House lawn

    01/26/2015 7:35:50 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 34 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/26/15 | Dan Calabrese
    Too strange for fiction. At least it didn’t run through the front door of the White House and into the East Room while Secret Service agents figured, no worries, the shrubs will stop it. Because that would never happen. Oh . . . CBS News was one of the first to report it:
  • 'Device' Discovered on White House Lawn

    01/26/2015 2:21:10 AM PST · by Libloather · 25 replies
    NBC News ^ | 1/26/15
    NEW DELHI, India — A "device" was found on the lawn of the White House, President Barack Obama's press secretary said Monday. Josh Earnest confirmed the discovery during a briefing on Obama's trip to India. He said the device did not pose any immediate threat.
  • Drone Carrying Meth Crashes Near San Ysidro Port of Entry

    01/22/2015 12:26:19 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 53 replies
    nbcsandiego.com ^ | 1/22/2015 | Laura McVicker
    A drone carrying methamphetamine crashed in Mexico near the San Ysidro Port of Entry on Tuesday night. The unmanned aircraft hauling more than 6 pounds of crystal meth in six packages fell from the sky into the parking lot of a supermarket in Tijuana just before 10 p.m., according to Vicente Calderon, a Tijuana-based freelance journalist for NBC 7.
  • Man Jumps Into Water and Catches His New Camera Drone at the Last Possible Moment

    01/09/2015 6:50:56 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 3 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | Jan 09,2015 | Michael Zhang
    Zwier Spanjer recently purchased a DJI Phantom 2 camera drone and captured the video above on his first day of flying it outdoors. The flight didn’t turn out the way Spanjer planned.
  • TTP commander Hafiz Gul Bahadur among 10 killed in drone strike: sources

    01/04/2015 5:43:49 AM PST · by csvset · 7 replies
    Geo TV ^ | 4 January 2014 | Wire
    MIRANSHAH: Ten people including outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Commander Hafiz Gul Bahadur are reportedly killed in drone strike in North Waziristan, Geo News reported. Sources said the unmanned aircraft fired two missiles at the compound of Hafiz Gul Bahadur, killing the TTP commander and 9 others in Alwar Mandi of Shawal area. Several other people also sustained injuries in the strike.
  • Anybody else got a drone?

    12/29/2014 9:06:03 PM PST · by djf · 32 replies
    12/29/2014 | djf
    Anybody else have a drone? I'm asking because I decided to get myself a cheapo Christmas present, and got a Hubsan. The small one. It's quite a challenge to fly... so far, I think I've taken off and landed a total of twice. All the other events have been crashes. The first time I tried it, I hooked it up on my coffee table, powered up the controller, and pushed the RPM's up. It VERY promptly took off, crashed into my roof but keep going, and landed at the top of a bookcase about 15 feet away... Wow! Since that...
  • Got a personal drone for Christmas? Use with caution

    12/25/2014 7:10:45 PM PST · by Libloather · 24 replies
    The Guardian via MSN ^ | 12/25/14 | Alex Hern
    **SNIP** But it could be difficult to make the most of a 2km range without infringing civil aviation regulations, which require UAS pilots to stay within eyesight of their drone, and use of the camera could infringe the privacy of passersby. The Civil Aviation Authority has issued guidance to help drone operators understand airspace regulations. Technically, drone operators must request permission from the CAA if they plan to fly a camera-equipped aircraft within congested areas, or within 50 metres of people or properties that are not under their control. They must also remain in “visual line of sight” of their...
  • Speaking rudely to terrorists is against American ideals but blowing up children is not?

    12/12/2014 7:53:53 AM PST · by Starman417 · 13 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 12-12-14 | DrJohn
    Killing children is part of the American ideal. It's who we are, says Obama. On behalf of the democrats on the SSIC Sen. Dianne Feinstein released a report describing what she called "torture." There has been much harrumphing about what is and what is not consistent with American values and what we stand for as Americans. Torture is "contrary to our values" says Barack Obama: President Obama said Tuesday he hopes a Senate report detailing “troubling” CIA interrogation practices will help the U.S. prevent actions “contrary to our values” in the future. “One of the strengths that makes America exceptional...
  • America Trades Torture for Drones

    12/10/2014 2:50:30 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | December 9, 2014 | by KATHY GILSINAN
    ... As far back as 2004, notes Micah Zenko of the Council on Foreign Relations, the CIA began moving away from capturing and detaining suspected terrorists in favor of killing them via drone strikes. Zenko's own tally, based on reporting from non-governmental research organizations, puts the rough death toll at around 3,500 people. These include an unknown number of civilian casualties believed by independent researchers to number at least in the hundreds; the Obama administration reportedly counts "all military-age males in a strike zone as combatants," which produces lower estimates of civilian casualties. Tuesday's report from the Senate Intelligence Committee,...
  • Seriously Epic Drone Footage from Iceland to Get Your Heart and Wanderlust Racing

    12/08/2014 1:05:40 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 16 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | Dec 7, 2014 | DL Cade
    If Patrick and Lee from Fstoppers and landscape/travel photographer Elia Locardi‘s goal was to get our hearts racing, they’ve succeeded in spades with the drone footage they just released from their time in Iceland. A “quick cut” of the best drone footage they’ve captured while in Iceland filming one portion of a much larger project, all of the video you see was filmed with a DJI Phantom 2, GoPro Hero 4 Silver and Zenmuse H3-3D gimbal.
  • How Yemen rescue attempt went wrong

    12/06/2014 9:38:37 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 6, 2014 | Timothy Cama
    United States military and intelligence officials are still piecing together what happened early Saturday that sabotaged an attempt to rescue two hostages from al Qaeda in Yemen. Despite being ready with a roughly 40-man special operations team and days to plan the operation, U.S. photojournalist Luke Somers and South African teacher Pierre Korki both died shortly after the midnight raid. The key problem, officials told the Wall Street Journal, came when some kind of sound alerted militants who were holding the hostages that the special operations team was nearby. The militants were part of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula,...
  • Near-collisions between drones, airliners surge, new FAA reports show

    11/26/2014 6:34:41 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 26, 2014 | Craig Whitlock
    Pilots around the United States have reported a surge in near-collisions and other dangerous encounters with small drones in the past six months at a time when the Federal Aviation Administration is gradually opening the nation’s skies to remotely controlled aircraft, according to FAA records. Since June 1, commercial airlines, private pilots and air-traffic controllers have alerted the FAA to 25 episodes in which small drones came within a few seconds or a few feet of crashing into much larger aircraft, the records show. Many of the close calls occurred during takeoffs and landings at the nation’s busiest airports, presenting...
  • Does China have a SUPERSONIC drone? Claims secret 'Dark Sword' project may already have flown

    11/25/2014 5:41:23 AM PST · by C19fan · 3 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 25, 2014 | Sarah Griffiths and Mark Prigg
    It is a battle to send a drone supersonic - and pits China against Britain. Experts have claimed that China's drone, called Dark Sword, is under secret development. It was unveiled in 2006 at an airshow, but has since disappeared from public view.
  • Doubts over legitimacy of Iran replicated RQ-170 drone video

    11/12/2014 11:35:05 AM PST · by Fali_G · 8 replies
    Lisa Daftari ^ | 11/12/2014 | Lisa Daftari
    Iranian state TV has released video footage claiming the country has successfully replicated a highly sophisticated U.S. stealth drone that crashed over Iran in 2011. The video released Wednesday includes both aerial and ground footage, demonstrating a black pilotless aircraft closely resembling a RQ-170 sentinel stealth drone, flying over a mountainous area of Iran before touching down at an unmanned air base. Segments of the video appear to be genuine, David Cenciotti, founder of “The Aviatonist” a military aviation blog said, while some of the frames showing the drone landing appear to be computer generated, showing a smaller prototype model...
  • Iran Unleashes Reverse-Engineered US Drone In First Test Flight

    11/10/2014 8:54:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 11/10/2014 | Tyler Durden
    Almost three years ago, Iran reportedly downed a US drone. The RQ-170 Sentinel recon drone that was reportedly captured has apparently been reverse-engineered, and now, as Reuters reports, Iran state news agency IRNA reports the drone-clone has taken its first flight. Iran's Supreme Leader noted, "Today is a very sweet and unforgettable day for me." Of course, this 'news' should be taken with a modest pinch of salt but, as with everything in foreign policy these days, Brigadier General Ali Hajizadeh states that "a film of the flight will be released soon."  The clip of the downed drone from 2011......
  • China develops anti-drone laser

    11/03/2014 8:20:26 AM PST · by Seizethecarp · 13 replies
    Xinhua ^ | November 2, 2014 | Unattributed
    China has successfully tested a homemade laser defense system specially targeting small-scale drones flying at low attitude. The machine is able to shoot down various small aircraft within a two-kilometer radius and can do so in five seconds after locating its target, said a statement released Sunday by the China Academy of Engineering Physics, one of the system's co-developers. Characterized by its speed, precision and low noise, the system is designed to destroy unmanned, small-scale drones flying within an altitude of 500-m and at a speed below 50m/s, it said. The new laser system, which will either be installed or...
  • EDF France: Inquiry after drones buzz nuclear sites

    10/31/2014 7:11:22 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 2 replies
    BBC ^ | October 30, 2014 | Unattributed
    An investigation has been launched after France's state-owned EDF power company said unidentified drones had flown over seven of its nuclear plants. The first unmanned aircraft was spotted on 5 October and there had been further sightings up to 20 October, EDF said. Who is behind the drones is unclear but pressure group Greenpeace has denied any involvement. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve says measures are being taken to "neutralise" the drones. Under French law, no aircraft is allowed to enter a 5km-wide (three-mile) zone around a nuclear plant, nor fly below 1,000m (3,300ft) there. The air force is responsible for...
  • NYPD: Threat Of Terrorists With Drones Is A Growing Concern

    10/30/2014 9:08:02 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 11 replies
    CBSNewYork ^ | October 29, 2014 | Jeff Pegues
    Police brass haven’t talked about drones as potential weapons, until now, CBS News correspondent Jeff Pegues reported Wednesday. The NYPD is actively looking for ways to stop an attack by a drone. The department told Pegues there is no intelligence showing an imminent threat, but over the last year the country’s largest police force has been increasingly concerned about a potential terror attack from the air by a drone. “We look at it as something that could be a terrorist’s tool,” Deputy Chief Salvatore DiPace said. “We’ve seen some video where the drone was flying at different targets along the...
  • RC Controlled ISIS & Other Pre-Halloween Treats

    10/26/2014 7:02:18 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 1 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 10-27-2014 | MOTUS
    Let’s kick the Halloween week off with a couple of classic themed costumes: 1. The radio-controlled witch costume, designed by Otto Dieffenbach III, as seen flying over the ocean near Carlsbad California earlier this month: 2. The Religion of Pieces costume, designed by a radio controlled bomb compliments of the U.S. Air Force, as seen on a former member of ISIS, flying somewhere in the skies near Kurdistan earlier this month. Whichever costume you choose, please be sure to keep your head while wearing it, as these are actual flying models and may be dangerous if used improperly. Because what...
  • New Russian drone-carrying corvette advances to keel-laying

    10/15/2014 5:43:51 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    TASS, Russian News Agency ^ | October 15,2014
    Helicopter-type Gorizont drone © ITAR-TASS/Valery Matytsin (archive) MOSCOW, October 15. /TASS/. Ship designers are advancing the blueprint for a new-generation, multi-purpose warship to join Russia’s navy. Features of the planned corvette are still under wraps but the vessel is thought likely to carry a helicopter-type Gorizont drone within its armory. Planners at Russia’s Central Marine Engineering Design Bureau Almaz and United Shipbuilding Corporation expect the keel to be laid next year, possibly at St. Petersburg’s Severny shipyard though it is still unconfirmed. “As technical design is in progress I will not reveal the features of this new vessel but it...
  • Angry Bird: Hawk knocks drone out of the sky

    10/09/2014 5:23:50 PM PDT · by BigEdLB · 56 replies
    Fox 5 San Diego ^ | 10/9/14 | Fox 5 Digital Team
    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A hawk swooping in and attacking a drone while it was flying over a park in Massachusetts Wednesday was captured on video. (HT Drudge)
  • Obama Drone?! Gwyneth Paltrow-Mocking Posters Pop Up Ahead of Presidential Visit

    10/09/2014 6:46:59 AM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 16 replies
    Yahoo news ^ | October 9, 2014 | Mike Krumboltz
    Gwyneth Paltrow's Los Angeles neighborhood is home to some unwelcoming artwork. Posters plastered on telephone poles and utility boxes mock the Oscar-winning actress's support for President Obama ahead of his visit to her home for a Democratic fundraiser on Thursday. There appear to be two different posters, each tacked up in multiple areas around Brentwood. One features a photo of Obama, torn away from the American flag. The poster reads "Conscious Uncoupling," a phrase popularized by Paltrow and her ex, rocker Chris Martin, when they called it quits
  • Drone Shows Thousands Filling Hong Kong Streets

    10/01/2014 3:08:12 AM PDT · by csvset · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | Sep 29, 2014 | Nero Chan
    Video at source. Thousands of demonstrators turned out in downtown Hong Kong on September 29 to support a protest over Beijing’s decision to reject calls for open nominations for the election of Hong Kong’s chief executive in 2017. In this footage, a drone captured the scale of the crowd making its way through the skyscrapers of the former British colony’s central business district.
  • Dramatic aerial drone footage of Hong Kong protests - video

    09/30/2014 4:44:51 PM PDT · by mojito · 16 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 9/30/2014 | n/a
    Aerial footage filmed by a drone shows the large number of people joining pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.
  • Man Accused Of Shooting Down Drone

    09/30/2014 12:19:11 PM PDT · by Paul46360 · 114 replies
    CBS Philly ^ | 9-30-14
    "LOWER TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBS) — A New Jersey man was arrested after police say he shot down a neighbor’s remote control drone."
  • Drone Exemptions for Hollywood Pave the Way for Widespread Use

    09/27/2014 5:19:22 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 32 replies
    NYT ^ | SEPT. 25, 2014 | BROOKS BARNES
    Drone Exemptions for Hollywood Pave the Way for Widespread Use By BROOKS BARNESSEPT. 25, 2014 LOS ANGELES — The commercial use of drones in American skies took a leap forward on Thursday with the help of Hollywood. The Federal Aviation Administration, responding to applications from seven filmmaking companies and pressure from the Motion Picture Association of America, said six of those companies could use camera-equipped drones on certain movie and television sets. Until now, the F.A.A. has not permitted commercial drone use except for extremely limited circumstances in wilderness areas of Alaska. Put bluntly, this is the first time that...
  • A Wearable Camera That Turns Into a Drone and Flies Off Your Wrist

    09/26/2014 5:32:58 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 9 replies
    Digitalwack ^ | 9/26/2014 | Digitalwack
    Meet Nixie, a wearable camera that flies off your wrist and turns into a remote-controlled quadcopter. It's the bizarre-yet-appealing wearable camera drone nobody asked for... and now we kind of want it. Intel is holding a competition to encourage new wearable technology ideas, and the Nixie is one of the finalists. So far, it's still in development, so the flying wristlet camera is rough around the edges. Team captain Christoph Kohstall eventually wants you to be able to send the the Nixie flying with a gesture. It would recognize where you're standing, snap a picture, then return to the wrist,...
  • Tiny robot learns to fly a real plane

    09/23/2014 7:22:31 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 18 replies
    CNET ^ | September 22, 2014 | Michelle Starr
    A small, hobby-sized robot could herald the pilot of the future. At just 39.7cm (15.6in) tall, PIBOT -- a portmanteau of "pilot" and "robot" and not to be confused with Raspberry Pi-powered PiBot or 3D printer PiBot -- has been trained by researchers at KAIST to fly a human-sized aeroplane. The robot, presented at IROS Chicago earlier this month, has a video camera built into its "face", with software built in for runway detection and other visual cues. The rest of the buttons, sticks and switches allow the robot to control throttle, braking pitch, yaw, altitude, velocity, and direction, information...
  • Iran Demands Israel be Condemned Over Drone

    09/12/2014 11:30:37 AM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 3 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 9/12/2014 | Ben Ariel
    Iran calls on the United Nations’ atomic agency to condemn Israel over the drone Iran downed above the Natanz uranium enrichment site. Snip .... accused Israel of a "flagrant violation" of the Islamic Republic's territorial integrity "in contravention of the principles of international law and provision of the United Nations charter." The Iranian Revolutionary Guards' Air Force claimed that the drone was an Israeli-made "Hermes" drone with a maximum flight range of 1,600 km (994 miles) and a 800-km (500 mile) combat radius. Israeli officials declined to comment on the allegation by its arch foe, which the Jewish state and...
  • Mystery drone lands in family's backyard

    09/12/2014 7:33:35 AM PDT · by Brother Cracker · 60 replies
    wxyz ^ | Sep 11, 2014 | Jonathan Carlson
    (WXYZ) Allen Park, Mich. - A mystery drone is the talk of Allen Park, as a family there watched the flying device land in their backyard. The operator--nowhere to be found. "We freaked out," said homeowner Roman Urista. He and his family were sitting in the backyard around a fire recently, when the drone hovered overhead, lights on and propellers roaring. It crash landed in the family's yard, still buzzing. "It didn't look like a hobby toy to me," said Urista. The Drone, valued at around $500, was equipped with an onboard camera. The family was scared to go near...
  • Drone Video Captures Apple's Campus 2 "Spaceship" Under Construction

    09/02/2014 10:55:27 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Tuesday, Sep 2, 2014 | Lisa Fernandez
    It looks like Stonehenge. A doughnut. A giant sand castle. Those were just some of the comments a new drone video taken with a GoPro camera of the futuristic Apple Campus 2 was garnering after the eight-minute raw piece was posted to YouTube. As of Monday, the aerial image of the campus under construction in Cupertino on Tantau Avenue had more than 1.3 million views and 500 comments. "Wow, this looks huge," Dustin W. Stout wrote in the comments section of the video. "I've seen mockups previously of what the site is going to look like, but seeing it like...
  • UT Police investigating drone use over DKR

    09/01/2014 11:41:38 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 9 replies
    KXAN ^ | August 31, 2014 | Angie Beavin
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — University of Texas Police are investigating the use of a drone over Darrell K. Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium Saturday night during the Longhorns’ home opener. KXAN’s cameras spotted the drone flying above the stadium. The drone had red and green lights on it. It also had a camera. We weren’t the only ones who spotted it. Police did too. During the second half of the game, officers found the operator of the drone, made him land it and then took the man into custody. The department told KXAN the man was a UT student, and he...
  • Google announces its own delivery drones project

    08/30/2014 6:04:56 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 27 replies
    Economist ^ | Aug 29th, 2014
    Winging it Google announces its own delivery drones project Aug 29th 2014 | SAN FRANCISCO | Business and finance AT THE end of 2013, Amazon made quite a media splash when it revealed that it had been testing the use of small drones to deliver packages. The company is betting that the airborne marvels will eventually be able to transport parcels to customers within a ten-mile radius of the vast network of warehouses that it runs. But it is not the only tech giant with its eyes on the sky. On August 28th Google announced that its secretive "Google X"...
  • Google tests drone deliveries in Project Wing trials

    08/29/2014 7:01:25 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 15 replies
    BBC ^ | August 28, 2014 | Jack Stewart
    Google has built and tested autonomous aerial vehicles, which it believes could be used for goods deliveries. Google said that its long-term goal was to develop drones that could be used for disaster relief by delivering aid to isolated areas. They could be used after earthquakes, floods, or extreme weather events, the company suggested, to take small items such as medicines or batteries to people in areas that conventional vehicles cannot reach. "Even just a few of these, being able to shuttle nearly continuously could service a very large number of people in an emergency situation," explained Astro Teller, Captain...
  • Obama Authorizes Use of Surveillance Drones Over Syria

    08/25/2014 5:53:50 PM PDT · by kristinn · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | Monday, August 25, 2014
    President Obama has authorized the use of drones for surveillance in Syria even as the Assad regime demanded that the U.S. seek permission before launching any airstrikes on its territory against Islamic State targets. A senior U.S. official confirmed to Fox News that Obama this weekend authorized the use of drone surveillance over Syria for the first time. The action is considered the first “intrusive” surveillance by the U.S. in Syria since the country’s civil war began. This differs from protective surveillance, such as the U.S. used in the failed mission to rescue American hostages held in Syria. The authorization...
  • Obama is a ‘War Criminal’ For Supporting Israel’s Treatment of Palestinians – Cornel West

    08/06/2014 1:53:06 PM PDT · by lbryce · 27 replies
    Russia Today ^ | August 6, 2014 | Staff
    Professor and political activist Cornel West declared President Barack Obama a “war criminal,” arguing that his support of Israel and his drone policy make him complicit in the deaths of innocent people. The controversial activist made the comments at a pro-Palestinian rally in Washington, DC on Saturday, according to Talking Points Memo. West began his speech by pointing to the deteriorating situation in Gaza, where more than 1,800 Palestinians and more than 60 Israelis have been killed, criticizing Israel’s offensive in the region in front of a “Free Palestine” banner. His comments regarding President Obama begin at around the three-minute...
  • The contest is over! And the winners are[Site Picks The Best Aerial Drone Photos]

    07/11/2014 3:31:08 PM PDT · by Theoria · 8 replies
    dronestagr.am ^ | 11 July 2014 | dronestagr.am
    Winners of the 2014 Dronestagram Photo Contest have finally been selected! Picking winners was a very difficult task especially because of the great quality of the photos that have been submitted. We tried to reward the photos that show the best the fantastic potential offered by drones in terms of image. It’s been an amazing first edition with many photos entered from everywhere in the world. Thank you all for joining in.We would like to extend a special thanks to our contest sponsors National Geograpic, Go Pro, Picanova, Droneshop and Parrot for generously offering amazing gifts !Are you one of...
  • Two men arrested after flying drone near GWB (near NYPD chopper near George Wash. Bridge)

    07/10/2014 1:11:05 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 34 replies
    FoxNews ^ | July 8, 2014 | Shepard Smith, Jonathan Hunt
    Transcript: Shep Smith: Police in NY arrested two people for flying a drone over the George Washington Bridge not far from a police helicopter. The cops say the drone came within 800 feet of one of the police choppers before the pilot of the drone turned it away to avoid. Jonathan Hunt: One of the cops in this NYPD helicopter noticed some lights approaching just after midnight on Monday...on closer inspection he noticed those lights were actually a drone. Apparently the chopper pilot thought he needed to take evasive action to avoid being struck by that drone. He then followed...
  • FAA Investigating Drone-Shot Video of Fireworks over West Palm Beach

    07/09/2014 4:51:02 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 29 replies
    palm beach post ^ | 7-8-14 | Kristen Daum
    Palm Beach Post Staff Writer WEST PALM BEACH — A man who flew a drone into a fireworks show over West Palm Beach and captured stunning video that went viral over the weekend might have to answer to federal investigators. The Federal Aviation Administration said the video is “under investigation.” “The FAA is looking into multiple incidents in which unmanned aircraft flew into fireworks displays to determine if there was any violation of federal regulations or airspace restrictions,” the agency said in a statement to The Palm Beach Post. Punishments can include “a verbal warning and an order to stop...
  • VIRAL VIDEO: View Fireworks From Drone Flying Through Rockets Red Glare

    07/05/2014 10:26:00 AM PDT · by shove_it · 11 replies
    KRON4News ^ | 4 Jul 2014 | Brian Shields
    WEST PALM BEACH, Florida (KRON) — One of the biggest debates every Fourth of July is what’s the best place to sit to view the fireworrks. Photographer Jos Stiglingh may have found the definitive answer. Stinglingh strapped a Go Pro camera to a quad-copter drone and then flew it inside the fireworks explosions at a display in West Palm Beach Florida back in May. Neither the camera nor the drone was damaged. Enjoy along with the music. (click link for vid)
  • Drone Laws Extend to Include Toy UAVs

    06/30/2014 4:26:12 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 39 replies
    Kioskea ^ | 06/30/14 | Nicole Motta
    According to a notice released by the United States Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration last Monday, the new regulations now include Amazon drones and even some toy planes. Before Monday's notice, the FAA had distinguished model aircraft from small drones according to their usage: commercial or recreational. Hobbyists were free to use model aircraft as they pleased but with these new rules, even toy quadcopters are considered drones and require users to have special permits to operate them. The Hubsan FPV X4 Mini RTF Quadcopter is targeted towards children but this, and other first-person-view model aircraft, will require a...
  • Border guards fire at Russian drone

    06/27/2014 10:12:39 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 7 replies
    Ukrinform ^ | 27.06.2014 15:19 | Ukrinform
    KYIV, June 27 /Ukrinform/. On June 26, near the populated center of Nykonorivka, Ukrainian border guards revealed a drone that was moving in Ukraine's air space from the direction of Russia along the Ukrainian-Russian border.
  • Pentagon Official: The Obama Drone Kill Memo Is Out And Libertarians Were Right — It’s Murder

    06/25/2014 5:53:03 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 65 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 6/24/2014 | Joseph Miller
    On Monday, the White House memo used to justify drone attacks on U.S. citizens was released, and it appears to confirm the worst suspicions of its libertarian critics. The Obama administration had sought to keep the memo secret, and now we know why: Because there are no checks and balances; there are no classified courts. Indeed, the memo reveals that the president of the United States ordered the targeting killing of U.S. citizens overseas — in violation of their constitutional right to due process — sans any type of oversight outside of the executive.
  • Seattle Woman Sees Drone Peeping Into Her Apartment Window

    SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Police are investigating a report of a drone peeping into a woman’s apartment window. Police were called to the downtown Seattle apartment complex on Sunday morning after she spied an unmanned aerial vehicle hovering outside the building. The woman said she was concerned the drone was looking into her apartment. After calling police, an employee of her apartment building says he went outside and saw two men piloting the drone. They packed up their gear, which included a video camera, and drove off before police arrived. Authorities say they are checking for surveillance video that may...
  • Close encounters on rise as small drones gain in popularity

    06/23/2014 9:29:05 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 1 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 23, 2014 | Craig Whitlock
    On the same day last month, airline pilots trying to land at two of the nation’s busiest airports got on their radios to report the unnerving sight of small rogue drones buzzing at high altitudes. In the first incident on May 29, the pilot of a commercial airliner descending toward LaGuardia Airport saw what appeared to be a black drone with a 10-to-15-foot wingspan about 5,500 feet above Lower Manhattan, according to a previously undisclosed report filed with the Federal Aviation Administration. In the second, two airliners separately approaching Los Angeles International Airport soared past what they described as a...
  • When drones fall from the sky

    06/20/2014 4:46:39 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 7 replies
    WP ^ | June 20, 2014 | Craig Whitlock
    More than 400 large U.S. military drones have crashed in major accidents around the world since 2001, a record of calamity that exposes the potential dangers of throwing open American skies to drone traffic, according to a year-long Washington Post investigation. Since the outbreak of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, military drones have malfunctioned in myriad ways, plummeting from the sky because of mechanical breakdowns, human error, bad weather and other reasons, according to more than 50,000 pages of accident investigation reports and other records obtained by The Post under the Freedom of Information Act.
  • African firm 'sells pepper-spray bullet firing drones'

    06/18/2014 7:21:20 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 7 replies
    BBC ^ | June 18, 2014 | Leo Kelion
    The maker of a drone that fires pepper spray bullets says it has received its first order for the machine. South Africa-based Desert Wolf told the BBC it had secured the sale of 25 units to a mining company after showing off the tech at a trade show in London. It is marketing the device as a "riot control copter" that can tackle crowds "without endangering the lives of security staff". But the International Trade Union Confederation is horrified by the idea. "This is a deeply disturbing and repugnant development and we are convinced that any reasonable government will move...
  • It Looks Like Raging Hockey Fans Destroyed An LAPD Drone Last Night

    06/14/2014 6:16:27 PM PDT · by Veggie Todd · 104 replies
    Business Insider ^ | June 14, 2014 | Hunter Walker
    Multiple videos have been posted online showing what uploaders described as hockey fans destroying a Los Angeles Police Department drone outside the Staples Center Friday night after the LA Kings won the NHL's Stanley Cup. Riot police were called in to break up what the LA Times described as a "melee" outside the arena following the King's victory over the New York Rangers. In one clip posted online, a drone can be seen hovering over the crowd of hockey fans before it was knocked out of the sky by people throwing shoes and clothing:
  • Watch: Beach beat down over alleged drone peeping

    06/09/2014 6:21:50 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 21 replies
    PIX11 ^ | June 9, 2014
    MADISON, Conn. (PIX11) – A beachgoer thought she was stopping a disturbing crime in progress, but instead found herself in handcuffs. When Andrea Mears saw a man piloting a drone at a public Connecticut beach, she thought he was surreptitiously taking pictures of bikini-clad women, so she called the police.