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  • Man arrested for using drone at crash scene said he didn’t disobey commands

    04/15/2014 9:13:58 AM PDT · by Deadeye Division · 14 replies
    Springfield News-Sun ^ | April 14, 2014 | Allison Wichie
    SPRINGFIELD — A Springfield man said he didn’t ignore commands, but rather was never told his remote-controlled drone camera was hindering CareFlight from responding to a crash scene until just before his arrest. Kele Stanley, 31, said he plans on hiring an attorney to help him fight the charges — a felony charge of obstructing official business and misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and misconduct at an emergency scene. He said he was booked into the Clark County Jail on three misdemeanor charges, but after he posted bond and as was being processed out of jail, the obstructing official business...
  • Feds can hide rationale for killing U.S. citizen, judge rules

    04/15/2014 7:37:15 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 12 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 15, 2014 | Bob Egelko
    A Bay Area federal judge says the Obama administration can keep secret a memo spelling out the legal rationale for a 2011 drone attack in Yemen that killed a U.S. citizen and alleged terrorist mastermind.
  • Let’s review some of the most fascinating drones

    04/10/2014 7:07:46 AM PDT · by null and void · 6 replies
    Let’s review some of the most fascinating drones Pop-up drone Created by Bird Aerospace, this drone fires 300 feet into the air, self-assembles while mid-air, and can navigate around for up to 3 hours. Wow. It can stream HD video back to a pilot who’s 20 miles away. Footage gathered from the flight can be stored on an SD card inside the drone. Sonar Drone PescadAeroPescadAero is a flying sonar apparatus that specializes in completing tasks while in coastal territories. The drone can land in any body of water to gather footage with the camera. While the camera bobs about on...
  • Delays in Effort to Refocus C.I.A. From Drone War (Pentagon too incompetent???)

    04/06/2014 7:14:12 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 3 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 5, 2014 | MARK MAZZETTI
    In the skies above Yemen, the Pentagon’s armed drones have stopped flying, a result of the ban on American military drone strikes imposed by the government there after a number of botched operations in recent years killed Yemeni civilians. But the Central Intelligence Agency’s drone war in Yemen continues. In Pakistan, the C.I.A. remains in charge of drone operations, and may continue to be long after American troops have left Afghanistan. And in Jordan, it is the C.I.A. rather than the Pentagon that is running a program to arm and train Syrian rebels — a concession to the Jordanian government,...
  • Could it be the SR-72? ..mysterious object photographed flying over Texas is spy plane..

    04/02/2014 6:00:03 AM PDT · by C19fan · 36 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 1, 2014 | Ashley Collman and Mark Prigg
    A retired Marine with nearly two decades of aviation experience has stepped forward with a compelling theory about a mysterious plane that was spotted flying over Texas last month. On March 10, photographers Steve Douglass and Dean Muskett took pictures of three puzzling aircraft flying over Amarillo, and posted them online in hopes of identifying the planes. Retired-Marine James Vineyard has submitted one of the more interesting explanations, telling the Houston Chronicle he believes they are SR-72 Blackbirds - a spy plane that can cross the U.S. in less than an hour, unmanned.
  • 'Mystery aircraft' over Texas draws speculation of real spy plane

    03/29/2014 4:03:13 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 94 replies
    chron.com ^ | March 28, 2014 | Carol Christian |
    first time. Aviation Week & Space Technology journalist Bill Sweetman has posted photos taken March 10 by two veteran sky watchers, Steve Douglass and Dean Muskett. In his blog post of March 28, Sweetman writes that he and two Aviation Week editors agree that the photos depict "something real." In other words, these pictures aren't easily explained away by reports of known military flights or the work of someone who got carried away with Photoshop. So what can aviation experts say about the object in the photos? "The photos tell us more about what the mysterious stranger isn't than what...
  • Elitism, not liberalism, is the real problem

    03/25/2014 8:47:09 PM PDT · by Sheapdog · 10 replies
    www.renewamerica.com ^ | March 22nd, 2014 | Chuck Baldwin
    You have to hand it to the game-makers in the two major parties: they have done an outstanding job of putting the problems of the world into a convenient left-right paradigm. To the average conservative out there, Republican equals conservative, which equals good – while Democrat equals liberal, which equals bad. And to the average liberal out there, Democrat equals liberal, which equals good – while Republican equals conservative, which equals bad. So, all the party game-makers have to do is paint the other guys as liberal or conservative and all of the sheeple within the two parties will blindly...
  • ‘Ukrainian’ drone downed above Moldova’s breakaway region

    03/25/2014 4:29:15 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 3 replies
    RT ^ | 3-25-2014 | RT
    ‘Ukrainian’ drone downed above Moldova’s breakaway region A drone has been shot down over Transdniestr, Moldova’s breakaway region, the region’s security service has reported on its website. On March 23, the pilotless aircraft was photographing and videoing the republic. Transdniestr special services recovered the video record from the drone, the statement says. According to preliminary information, the unmanned aircraft was launched from Ukraine’s soil by a group of people allegedly linked to Ukraine’s security service, the Interior Ministry’s General Staff or supporters of ultra-nationalist movement Right Sector for an intelligence-gathering operation. Currently, Transdniestr’s security service is working on the identification...
  • The Drone That Shot Down the Feds

    03/22/2014 7:47:17 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 12 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 3-21-14 | David Feith
    Hong Kong Jeff Bezos at Amazon hasn't done it. Nor has Fred Smith at FedEx FDX +0.21% or Scott Davis at UPS. No American CEO has persuaded Washington to relax its chokehold on commercial drone use in the United States. But this month a 29-year-old Austrian entrepreneur living here in Asia broke Washington's drone monopoly, winning a court case that may clear the way for drones to deliver packages to your doorstep. Overseas and at home, the U.S. government has pioneered the use of drones for military, intelligence and law-enforcement purposes. But while other countries have applied drones—usually smaller, simpler,...
  • French kill jihadist commander in Mali

    03/14/2014 5:00:42 PM PDT · by csvset · 7 replies
    News24 ^ | 14 march 2014 | AFP
    Bamako - A notorious Islamist militia leader known as "Red Beard" has been killed in French missile strikes in north-eastern Mali, a senior Malian army officer told AFP. Omar Ould Hamaha was a commander of the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (Mujao) and al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (Aqim), armed groups which occupied northern Mali for almost ten months in 2012. "Omar Ould Hamaha, the terrorist of Malian nationality, is one of ten terrorists killed last week by French planes," the officer said late on Thursday. Hamaha's death was confirmed by a regional security source who said...
  • Russia says intercepted US drone over Crimea: arms group

    03/14/2014 12:15:42 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 99 replies
    news.yahoo.com ^ | March 14 2014 | No Attribution
    A United States surveillance drone has been intercepted above the Ukranian region of Crimea, a Russian state arms and technology group said Friday. "The drone was flying at about 4,000 metres (12,000 feet) and was virtually invisible from the ground. It was possible to break the link with US operators with complex radio-electronic" technology, said Rostec in a statement. The drone fell "almost intact into the hands of self-defence forces" added Rostec, which said it had manufactured the equipment used to down the aircraft, but did not specify who was operating it.
  • Australia: Drone 'used to carry drugs near prison'

    03/10/2014 3:24:59 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 8 replies
    BBC ^ | March 10, 2014 | Unattributed
    A man has been arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle drugs into a prison using a drone, Australian police say. The drone was "hovering in the vicinity of a prison" in Melbourne on Sunday afternoon, police said in a statement. The drone appeared to have "four engines" and was carrying "a small quantity of drugs", police added. Australia's parliament recently held a roundtable on drones and privacy. During the roundtable, Brad Mason, secretary of the Australian Certified UAV Operators Association, said there was "a lot of illegal and unauthorised use of UAVs. "We understand that the regulator is doing its...
  • The app controlled smart security drone with a STUN GUN

    03/08/2014 7:07:27 AM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 11 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | March 7, 2014 | MARK PRIGG
    A Texas firm has revealed a personal security drone with a stun gun capable of unleashing 80,000 volts. The firm showed off the drone in a series of shocking demonstrations bringing a volunteer to the ground. It says the drone uses a smart app to track intruders, and once it had received the go ahead from a human operator, it fires taser darts and unleashes 80,000 volts. full headline:The app controlled smart security drone with a STUN GUN built in to zap intruders with an 80,000 volt dart
  • Judge dismisses FAA fine against small drone user

    03/07/2014 2:20:03 PM PST · by Da Bilge Troll · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 07, 2014 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON – A federal judge has dismissed the Federal Aviation Administration's only fine against a commercial drone user on the grounds that the small drone was no different than a model aircraft, a decision that appears to undermine the agency's power to keep a burgeoning civilian drone industry out of the skies. Patrick Geraghty, a National Transportation Safety Board administrative law judge, said in his order dismissing the $10,000 fine that the FAA has no regulations governing model aircraft flights or for classifying model aircraft as an unmanned aircraft. FAA officials said they were reviewing the decision and had no...
  • Watch a man get stunned by the Chaotic Unmanned Personal Intercept Drone

    03/07/2014 1:04:35 PM PST · by Altariel · 54 replies
    Engadget ^ | March 7, 2014 | Zach Honig
    You're gonna want to steer clear of this CUPID. The Chaotic Unmanned Personal Intercept Drone, or "stun copter," can deliver 80,000 volts of pure projectile terror directly into the skin of an ill-intentioned hoodlum. This is serious business for Chaotic Moon, the folks behind SharkPunch and the Pizza Hut touch table. The Austin-based design studio created the flying machine as a tech demo, but CUPID could be quickly brought to production whenever a personal security or law enforcement client sees fit. This prototype unit is based on a Tarot Hexacopter, originally designed to carry a digital SLR for video and...
  • Pentagon: North Korea Develops Unmanned Strike Aircraft From Stolen U.S. Target Drone

    03/05/2014 5:38:02 PM PST · by Steely Tom · 25 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 5 March 2014 | Bill Gertz
    North Korea has deployed an indigenous unmanned aerial vehicle capable of attacking ground targets based on stolen U.S. target drones, the Pentagon revealed in a report to Congress. Images of the North Korean drone in flight were shown as part of a March 2013 military drill, the Pentagon report said. “The drone appeared to be a North Korean copy of a Raytheon MQM-107 Streaker target drone,” the report said. “North Korean press coverage of the event described the UAV as being capable of precision strikes by crashing into the target.”
  • Israel drone ambulance extracts from AirMule tests 2013

    02/27/2014 9:05:09 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 3 replies
    youtube ^ | 2-3-14 | Urban Aeronautics
    Israeli startup Urban Aeronautics is testing a flying ambulance drone they hope to release before 2020, Business Insider reports. The vehicle, which is called the AirMule, would be used to perform rescues in places like dense urban environments, where helicopter maneuvering is difficult. The AirMule is directed and controlled remotely and it can fly unpiloted with up to 880 pounds of cargo. Its primary purpose is to assist with rescues during military operations: A much quieter, remotely-piloted aircraft like this would be a game changer for military personnel. Medical evacuations for wounded troops have greatly improved since the introduction of...
  • Connecticut Bill Would Impose 20-Year Prison Sentence On People Who Commit Crimes With Drones

    02/24/2014 8:10:28 AM PST · by Seizethecarp · 19 replies
    CBS Connecticut ^ | February 22, 2014 | AP Staff
    <p>HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers will hold a public hearing on a bill that would impose lengthy prison sentences on people who commit crimes with drones.</p> <p>The legislation would make it a felony carrying up to 20 years in prison for committing a crime using an unmanned aircraft equipped with a deadly weapon, and up to 10 years in prison for other crimes with a drone.</p>
  • Here is Pentagon’s Future Tilt-Rotor Drone

    02/14/2014 3:17:52 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 21 replies
    The Avionist ^ | February 13, 2014 | David Cenciotti
    According to Darpa “ARES is a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) flight module designed to operate as an unmanned platform capable of transporting a variety of payloads. The ARES VTOL flight module is designed to have its own power system, fuel, digital flight controls and remote command-and-control interfaces. Twin tilting ducted fans will provide efficient hovering and landing capabilities in a compact configuration, with rapid conversion to high-speed cruise flight.” ARES is the transformer-like, UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) capable to move between an airport, a warship, or an improvised landing zone and the battlefield, and perform a wide variety of...
  • Use Of Drone At Hartford Crash Scene

    "The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed to FOX CT News Thursday they are investigating the use of a drone at a Hartford fatal crash scene Saturday. Questions about officer safety and public privacy are emerging now after the drone was spotted above a fatal car crash on Main Street. FOX CT was the only media organization to obtain the official Hartford Police Department incident report Thursday, detailing the chain of events. According to the report, officers spotted a drone flying over the scene of the crash, in which the bodies were still in the car."
  • Predator Drone Used to Arrest American Ranch Family

    02/06/2014 6:02:36 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 6, 2014 - 1:27 PM | Barbara Boland
    A Predator drone designed to catch terrorists in Afghanistan was used to track a recalcitrant North Dakota rancher and his sons accused of cattle thieving and monitor them to see when they were unarmed and alert the police in a case believed to be the first where an American citizen was arrested with the aid of a drone. On Jan. 14, 2014, Rodney Brossart was acquitted of stealing cattle and criminal mischief, but convicted of terrorizing police (a conviction he is appealing) and sentenced to three years in prison with all but six months suspended. This all stems from an...
  • These are the first images of UK’s classified unmanned stealth “superdrone”

    02/06/2014 12:52:33 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 30 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Feb 05 2014 | David Cenciotti
    Although the footage was shot in August 2013, today BAE Systems released it for the first time. “Taranis“, the technological demonstrator of UK’s stealthy unmanned combat vehicle made its first flight on Aug. 10, 2013. Where the maiden sortie took place remains a secret. The aircraft flew at the old British Nuclear test range at Woomera, Australia. The only thing we know is that the “superdrone” flew under the command of BAE Systems’ test pilot Bob Fraser and “made a perfect take off, rotation, ‘climb out’ and landing.” Since then, a number of other test flights have taken place in...
  • FAA Stops Beer Drone Delivery

    01/30/2014 11:59:11 AM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 116 replies
    BREITBART ^ | 30 Jan 2014 | ELIZABETH SHELD
    The Lakemaid micro brewery started delivering beer to ice fishers using drones, at least until the FAA coldly shut their operation down. The FAA is currently reviewing their policies. According to the beer company’s president, Jack Supple, “They think it’s a great idea, though they’re telling me to stop.”
  • Brewery is testing beer delivery by drone

    01/29/2014 12:42:06 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 14 replies
    Fox ^ | 1-29-14 | fox
    It’s a dilemma that comes with the territory if you’re an ice-fisher, when you run out of beer it’s going to be a long time before you can go grab a six-pack. Until now… Meet the Lakemaid Beer Drone. Wisconsin-based Lakemaid Beers - whose tagline is "Great Fishermen need Great Beer" - was inspired by Amazon’s announcement that it was planning on using ...
  • Blimplike surveillance craft set to deploy over Maryland heighten privacy concerns

    01/22/2014 9:45:45 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 47 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 22, 2014 | Craig Timberg
    The aerostats — that is the term for lighter-than-air craft that are tethered to the ground — are to be set aloft on Army-owned land about 45 miles northeast of Washington, near Aberdeen Proving Ground, for a three-year test slated to start in October. From a vantage of 10,000 feet, they will cast a vast radar net from Raleigh, N.C., to Boston and out to Lake Erie, with the goal of detecting cruise missiles or enemy aircraft so they could be intercepted before reaching the capital. Defense contractor Raytheon last year touted an exercise in which it outfitted the aerostats...
  • King had a dream, Obama has a drone, Rev. Wright says

    01/17/2014 7:34:09 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 23 replies
    Chicago SunTimes ^ | 1/15/14 | Stephen A. Crockett Jr.
    If the Rev. Jeremiah Wright believes — as he’s claimed in the past — that he and President Barack Obama will be buddies again when he’s out of office, the firebrand preacher didn’t do himself any favors Wednesday. Speaking at a breakfast co-hosted by the Chicago Teachers Union to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, Wright said that while the civil rights leader proclaimed “I have a dream,” Obama says, “I have a drone.” Wright, Obama’s former pastor, called for King’s “revolution of values” and a rejection of the “three-headed demon” of “racism, militarism and capitalism” — the foundations of...
  • U.N. surveillance drone in Congo crashes - sources

    01/15/2014 5:11:16 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 1 replies
    Reuters (UK) ^ | Wed Jan 15, 2014 10:20am GMT | Bienvenu-Marie Bakumanya; David Lewis; Tom Heneghan
    (Reuters) - An unmanned aircraft used by U.N. peacekeepers in Democratic Republic of Congo crashed on Wednesday near the eastern town of Goma, sources at the airport and interior ministry said. ... A source at Goma's airport confirmed the incident. A spokesman for the U.N. mission was not available for comment. The Falco drones used by the U.N. force are manufactured by Selex ES, a unit of Italian defence group Finmeccanica. The firm was not immediately available for comment.
  • This Calls for ROBOPLOW!

    01/06/2014 6:42:16 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 35 replies
    Reaganite Republican/YouTube ^ | 06 January 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    <p>The Roboplow was invented by Rob Kinkey and isn't some frail little 'maybe' like early robotic vacuum cleaners.: if anything, it's overkill with 6-wheel-drive, 50" plow-blade, and serious power from it's electric motors that have it tearing down the driveway (can do 'donuts', see video below).</p>
  • U.S. Names Domestic Test Sites for Drone Aircraft

    12/30/2013 3:35:02 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 27 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 30, 2013 | MATTHEW L. WALD
    The Federal Aviation Administration will authorize test sites for drone aircraft in upstate New York, New Jersey and at least eight other states, the agency said on Monday, but integrating the aircraft into the nation’s airspace, set by Congress for 2015, will be phased in gradually. The agency picked six institutions to operate test locations, which will explore how to set safety standards, how to train and certify their ground-based pilots, how to ensure that the aircraft will operate safely even if they lose their radio links with the ground and, most of all, how to replace the traditional method...
  • The Navy’s Amazing Ocean-Powered Underwater Drone

    12/24/2013 9:46:34 AM PST · by lbryce · 12 replies
    Time ^ | December 22, 2013 | Mark Thompson
    While you were out shopping Sunday for those last-minute holiday gifts, the Navy pushed ahead with its own vision of an underwater sugar plum: a fleet of “long endurance, transoceanic gliders harvesting all energy from the ocean thermocline.” And you thought Jules Verne died in 1905. Fact is, the Navy has been seeking—pretty much under the surface—a way to do underwater what the Air Force has been doing in the sky: prowl stealthily for long periods of time, and gather the kind of data that could turn the tide in war. The Navy’s goal is to send an underwater drone,...
  • Officials: US drone strike kills 13 in Yemen

    12/12/2013 2:16:47 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 12/12/13 | Ahemd Al-Haj - Associated Press
    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Missiles fired by a U.S. drone slammed into a convoy of vehicles traveling to a wedding party in central Yemen on Thursday, killing at least 13 people, Yemeni security officials said. The officials said the attack took place in the city of Radda, the capital of Bayda province, and left charred bodies and burnt out cars on the road. The city, a stronghold of al-Qaida militants, witnessed deadly clashes early last year between armed tribesmen backed by the military and al-Qaida gunmen in an attempt to drive them out of the city. There were no immediate...
  • US Air Force Has Secretly Built a New Stealth Drone(Shhh!)

    12/09/2013 3:09:57 AM PST · by lbryce · 20 replies
    Space War-UAV News ^ | December 6, 2013 | Staff
    The US Air Force has secretly developed a new stealth drone for long-range reconnaissance missions that could be operational by 2015, according to a report Friday in an industry magazine. The unmanned drone, dubbed RQ-180, is currently in the testing phase at the top secret Groom Lake air base in Nevada -- the infamous "Area 51" where the Air Force tested the U2 spy planes in the late 1950s, Aviation Week said. The Air Force refused to comment when contacted by AFP. The new aircraft was reportedly built by Northrop Grumann, the company behind the Global Hawk and the X-47B...
  • Navy Launches UAV from Submerged Submarine

    12/07/2013 2:04:56 PM PST · by gandalftb · 6 replies
    U.S. Naval Research Lab ^ | 12/05/2013 | Daniel Parry
    The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) with funding from SwampWorks at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and the Department of Defense Rapid Reaction Technology Office (DoD/RRTO) demonstrated the launch of an all-electric, fuel cell-powered, unmanned aerial system (UAS) from a submerged submarine. "Developing disruptive technologies and quickly getting them into the hands of our sailors is what our SwampWorks program is all about," said Craig A. Hughes, Acting Director of Innovation at ONR. The successful submerged launch of a remotely deployed UAS offers a pathway to providing mission critical intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities to the U.S. Navy's...
  • Kill team: Obama war chiefs widen drone death zones

    12/04/2013 7:10:09 AM PST · by george76 · 21 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 3, 2013 | Kristina Wong
    The Pentagon has loosened its guidelines on avoiding civilian casualties during drone strikes, modifying instructions from requiring military personnel to “ensure” civilians are not targeted to encouraging service members to “avoid targeting” civilians. ... Despite Mr. Obama’s pledge for more transparency on drone strikes, the administration “continues to answer legitimate questions and criticisms by saying, ‘We can’t really talk about this,’”
  • Drones: A New Tool For Hunting The Wild Pigs Terrorizing America

    12/03/2013 8:34:49 AM PST · by oxcart · 32 replies
    Forbes ^ | 12/03/13 | Christopher Helman
    For all the hand-wringing over how many drones is too many drones, there’s one job for which they would appear to be perfectly suited: hunting pigs. The best article in the new issue of the Economist is a short piece about an outfit called Louisiana Hog Control that hunts pigs at night using a remote controlled plane outfitted with an infrared camera. Hunters on the ground, informed by the bright white blobs of porcine body heat illuminated on their video feeds, can then sneak up on the clever and twitchy critters and dispatch them to hog heaven.On a successful hunt...
  • United Nations launches drones over Congo

    12/03/2013 7:16:03 AM PST · by oxcart · 8 replies
    <p>KINSHASA, Congo (AP) -- At a ceremony held at a pockmarked airport in Congo's troubled east, the United Nations launched the first of five drones which will be used to gather intelligence about the myriad armed groups still lurking in the nation's vast jungles.</p>
  • Chinese stealth drone takes 1st test flight

    11/23/2013 6:14:01 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 8 replies
    MSN News ^ | November 22, 2013 | AP
    BEIJING — China's first unmanned stealth drone made its first test flight in the latest advance for the domestic arms industry, state media reported Friday. Photos and video of the tailless delta-wing drone flying were posted on the websites of People's Daily and other major outlets. The location of the 20-minute flight made Thursday was identified only as a southwestern China testing base. The jet powered drone was identified as the Lijian, or "Sharp Sword," photos of which have been circulating for some time. The aircraft is similar to the X-47B drone being tested by the U.S. Navy for aircraft...
  • Big Drone Plan in the United States

    11/14/2013 4:43:02 PM PST · by lbryce · 52 replies
    Space Daily ^ | November 14, 2013 | Olga Yazhgunovich
    US airspace could be crowded with some 7,500 commercial drones within the next five years, this is part of the Federal Aviation Administration's new roadmap unveiled on Thursday. The announcement is the latest step toward transitioning drones from military use in the war on terrorism to collecting survey and weather data to assisting rescues and law enforcement operations. "From advancing scientific research and responding to natural disasters to locating missing persons and helping to fight wildfires, drones can save time, save money and, most importantly, save lives," said a statement by Michael Toscano, president and CEO of the Association for...
  • Military drones grounded in Central New York following crash in Lake Ontario

    11/12/2013 5:40:06 PM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 27 replies
    Post Standard, Syracuse NY ^ | 11/12/13 | By Tim Knauss
    SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Officials at the 174th Attack Wing suspended all Reaper drone flights in Central New York Tuesday after one of the unmanned aircraft crashed into Lake Ontario about 12 miles from the eastern shore during a routine training flight. A Coast Guard helicopter and search vessel were unable to recover the $4 million drone, which crashed about 1 p.m. Tuesday, and were forced to call off the search late in the afternoon because of bad weather, said Col. Greg Semmel, commander of the 174th Attack Wing of the Air National Guard. Semmel said he did not know what...
  • Documentary: Fear and stress define life under drones (est. 900 killed, 600 injured since 2004)

    10/28/2013 6:34:06 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 10/28/13 | Dylan Stableford, Yahoo News
    Last week, Amnesty International released a report on U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan, concluding that as many as 900 civilians might have been killed and 600 seriously injured in the attacks since 2004, when the controversial program began. The United States launched between 330 to 374 drone strikes in Pakistan between 2004 and September 2013, according to the report. And those strikes have created a culture of fear on the ground. "I wasn't scared of drones before," Nabeela, an 8-year-old whose grandmother, Mamana Bibi, was killed by a 2012 drone strike, says in the report. "But now when they fly...
  • Pakistan to US: Stop using those drones we approved, please

    10/24/2013 8:40:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/24/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif came to Washington this week with a mission — but also with some very bad timing. Under fire at home over the US drone war against al-Qaeda and the Taliban in the border country with Afghanistan, Sharif told Obama that the US had to stop its remote-control war: Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said he’d told President Barack Obama on Wednesday that U.S. drone strikes in his country needed to end.The remarks came as the two leaders met in person for more than two hours in high-level talks aimed at beginning to mend a historically troubled...
  • Drone strike kills Pakistani Taliban chief: sources

    11/01/2013 10:56:43 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 30 replies
    The head of the Pakistani Taliban was killed by a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan on Friday, several security sources told Reuters, -excerpt- Hakimullah Mehsud, who was believed to be in his mid-30s and was one of Pakistan's most wanted men, has been reported dead several times before. But late on Friday, several intelligence, army and militant sources across Pakistan confirmed he had been killed in the drone strike in the lawless North Waziristan region.
  • Pakistan Taliban say chief Mehsud killed in drone strike

    11/01/2013 10:54:56 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies
    BBC News ^ | 11/1/13 | BBC
    The leader of the Pakistani Taliban, Hakimullah Mehsud, has been killed in a drone strike, a high-ranking Taliban official has told the BBC. Mehsud became leader of the Pakistani Taliban in 2009, aged 30, after his predecessor died in a US drone strike.
  • May Obama Voters Choke On Their Own Hypocrisy

    10/24/2013 7:02:17 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 13 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 10-23-13 | Skookum
    A Pakistani Man Surveys The Damage To His Car After An Obama Drone Strike Our Nobel Peace Prize Winning Community Organizer and his henchmen are facing charges of War Crimes by Amnesty International. There is an overabundance of hypocrisy; however, the bulk of hypocrisy belongs to the mute Obama voter and his reluctance to apply the same set of standards to a Progressive president as those used to discredit President Bush. Those same sanctimonious claims of righteous indignation were used to elect President Obama, but Obama voters accepted the expansion of Bush's Drone Warfare as being unavoidable. There was no...
  • White House admits killing civilians with drone strikes, denies breaking law (NOT Obamacare)

    10/22/2013 4:22:47 PM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    NBC News ^ | 10/21/13 | Mark Schone
    Two leading human rights groups released detailed reports on U.S. drone strikes Tuesday that accuse the government of killing civilians and violating international law. The White House admitted killing civilians, but denied breaking the law, saying the strikes were "precise" and "lawful." Amnesty International, which studied 45 drone strikes in Pakistan in 2012 and 2013, said the U.S. violated the internationally recognized “right to life” and may have committed war crimes. “There are real threats to the U.S. in the region,” said Naureen Shah, Amnesty’s advocacy adviser, “but it is hard to imagine that a 68-year-old grandmother or a 14-year-old...
  • 20-ton attack drone under development in Russia

    10/08/2013 6:06:58 AM PDT · by jmcenanly · 20 replies
    NBC News ^ | 10/7/2013 | Denise Chow LiveScience
    Russia is developing a new 20-ton attack drone that may be used to carry out strikes on stationary and moving targets over land and sea, according to news reports. Sukhoi, a Russian aircraft manufacturer, is building the massive drone, whose prototype could be ready by 2018, reported Pravda, a political Russian newspaper based in Moscow. The specific capabilities of the new vehicles have not been discussed publicly, but are expected to rival similar American attack drones. The developments signal Russia's commitment to establishing a strong drone program, Russian officials said. "From the point of view of theory, engineering and design...
  • Security alert after mystery drone crashes into Sydney harbour bridge (3 days before Harry arrives)

    10/04/2013 8:21:10 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 11 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | October 4, 2013 | Sophie Jane Evans
    A mystery drone has crashed into Sydney Harbour Bridge - just three days before Prince Harry arrives at the harbour to review an international navy fleet. The prince is due to make an appearance tomorrow - alongside warships, galleons and tall ships from around the world - to help Australia celebrate its navy's centenary. However, counter terrorism teams have been placed on high alert after the remote-controlled 'quad-copter' was discovered at the foot of one of the iconic bridge's pylons. Officials have said they do not believe the drone - which crashed on Wednesday - is linked to the International...
  • Agreement will allow U.S. to fly long-range surveillance drones from base in Japan

    10/03/2013 8:05:56 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 4 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 3, 2013 | Craig Whitlock and Anne Gearan
    The U.S. military will deploy long-range Global Hawk surveillance drones from Japan next year, U.S. and Japanese officials announced Thursday, marking the first time the Pentagon has been able to secure basing rights for the advanced unmanned aircraft in that region. Besides flying missions over North Korea, the Global Hawks would presumably give the United States and Japan better information about the movements of Chinese ships in the vicinity of the Senkakus. In addition to the Global Hawks, U.S. and Japanese officials announced that the Pentagon would deploy new U.S. Navy P-8 maritime surveillance patrol aircraft to Japan, starting in...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Drone crash lands in Manhattan

    10/02/2013 11:51:28 AM PDT · by Da Bilge Troll · 17 replies
    WABC-TV/DT ^ | October 2, 2013 | Jim Hoffer
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- A small helicopter drone flying high above buildings on the East side of Manhattan crash landed just feet away from a businessman during the Monday evening rush hour. Video he recovered from a memory card in the crash debris shows the drone twenty to thirty stories above the busy streets and crowded sidewalks near Grand Central Station. The businessman reached out to Eyewitness News saying he thinks the 3-pound drone could have seriously injured him had he taken a direct hit. He called police who took a look at the drone video, but did no further...
  • Photographer Flies His Drone Camera Into the Groom’s Head During a Bridal Shoot

    08/16/2013 8:46:21 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 17 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | August 16, 2013 | Michael Zhang
    Looking to incorporate drone photography and videography into your wedding photo packages? Make sure you’re a pro at flying the drone before getting it anywhere near your clients.