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  • MQ-9 Gets First Air-to-Air Kill in Training Exercise, Air Force Official Says

    09/22/2018 6:32:14 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 12 replies
    Military.com ^ | Oriana Pawlyk
    NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- An MQ-9 Reaper drone has bagged its first air-to-air kill of another small, aerial vehicle in a controlled simulation, an official revealed to Military.com this week. The successful test late last year showed the U.S. Air Force that an unmanned vehicle like the MQ-9 has the ability to conduct air-to-air combat, much like its manned fighter brethren such as an F-15 Eagle or F-22 Raptor, according to Col. Julian Cheater, commander of the 432nd Wing at Creech Air Force Base, Nevada. "Something that's unclassified but not well known, we recently in November … launched an air-to-air...
  • FAA investigates near drone-helicopter collision off Hollywood

    08/20/2018 12:03:21 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 16 replies
    Local 10 ^ | 08/17/2018 | By Christian De La Rosa
    HOLLYWOOD, Fla. - The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a YouTube video that shows a helicopter almost colliding with a drone off the coast of Hollywood. In the video posted Thursday, the drone is facing west towards the beach before its camera turns south with the helicopter seen in the distance. The helicopter remains on a direct course with the drone, missing it by a few feet as it flies north. The video was posted by Masih Persian, but has since been removed from the page. In a caption to the video, the user seemed to understand the magnitude of...
  • Drone attacks are essentially terrorism by joystick (Ex CIA:We're all gonna die!)

    08/08/2018 10:45:34 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 25 replies
    WaPo ^ | August 5, 2018 | Bernard Hudson
    Bernard Hudson is the former director of counterterrorism at the CIA and is a nonresident fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center. A failed assassination attempt against Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on Saturday was mounted with explosive-armed drones, according to news reports. Nine days earlier, and on the other side of the world, terrorists claimed to have sent an armed drone to attack the international airport in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. No one was killed in either case, and the circumstances of both remain murky. But a new and dangerous era in non-state-sponsored terrorism clearly has...
  • Venezuelan leader 'survives drone attack' and blames Colombia

    08/05/2018 9:25:49 PM PDT · by robowombat · 15 replies
    ITV ^ | Aug 5, 2018
    Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro dodged an apparent assassination attempt when drones armed with explosives detonated while he was delivering a speech, officials said. Mr Maduro and his wife, Cilia Flores, looked up at the sky and winced on Saturday after hearing the sound of an explosion pierce the air. He was giving a speech to hundreds of soldiers in Caracas which was being broadcast live on television when the incident occurred. “This was an attempt to kill me,” the 55-year-old said later in an impassioned retelling of the events. "Today they attempted to assassinate me." A uniformed official bleeds from...
  • Venezuela braces for possible crackdown after apparent drone attack on Maduro

    08/05/2018 9:46:12 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 19 replies
    WaPo ^ | August 5, 2018 | Rachelle Krygier and Anthony Faiola
    The Venezuelan government made more arrests Sunday in connection with an apparent assassination attempt on President Nicolás Maduro, as the crisis-plagued South American nation braced for a possibility of wider crackdown on dissent. Interior Minister Néstor Luis Reverol said six “terrorists” were detained Sunday, a day after the government said drones carrying explosives targeted Maduro in the midst of a nationally televised address. Reverol said there were two drones, which he identified as DJI M600s. Neither, he said, reached its intended target area before detonating. Two separate videos, posted on Twitter, showed drones at the scene; one crashed into a...
  • Venezuela’s president Nicolas Maduro survives ‘assassination bid using a drone ’[trunc]

    08/04/2018 5:29:30 PM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 49 replies
    SUN UK ^ | 4 AUG 18 | By Lauren Fruen
    THIS is the moment Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro survived an apparent assassination attempt using drones laden with explosives as he addressed a military rally. Hundreds of soldiers, who had been watching the speech, were caught on camera breaking ranks and scattering
  • The Feds Want to Talk to the Guy Who Made That Pistol-Shooting Drone

    07/24/2018 12:21:02 AM PDT · by vannrox · 51 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | Jul 20, 2015 | Eric Limer
    ....snip... Last week we showed you video of a DIY, pistol-shooting quadcopter firing off a few test rounds in the woods. Now federal agents are investigating the 18-year-old Connecticut kid who reportedly built the thing. Police found that the video was uploaded by one Austin Haughwout, Connecticut local news station WFSB reports. Haughwout has previously been involved in a drone-related altercation when he was attacked by a woman who was apparently not a fan his (non-gun-related)quadcopter antics. On Friday, Haughwout's father said that his son was the creator of the pistol-firing drone, having built it with one of his professors...
  • Israel shoots down Syria drone; Netanyahu to meet Putin

    07/11/2018 8:48:02 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | 07/11/2018
    The drone, which had also overflown Jordan and appeared to have been unarmed and designed for surveillance, was downed near the Sea of Galilee at the Golan foothills in northern Israel, spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Jonathan Conricus told reporters. “We are still looking into why it crossed - whether it was on a military mission and crossed on purpose, or it strayed,” he said, while adding that the latter scenario was “not common”. The drone, which had also overflown Jordan and appeared to have been unarmed and designed for surveillance, was downed near the Sea of Galilee at the Golan foothills in...
  • The U.S. isn’t prepared for the growing threat of drones

    07/08/2018 4:25:32 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 53 replies
    WaPo ^ | July 4, 2018 | Kirstjen M. Nielsen
    Drone technology offers the potential to change our world... But the technology also has a dark side. It can be used to spy on us, to threaten our critical infrastructure, or to attack crowds and public places. For years, the Department of Homeland Security has worried about the dangers of unmanned aerial systems, and we have sought the legal authority to protect Americans against corrupted aerial devices. Today I have a pressing message for Congress: Time is running out. As secretary of homeland security, I can tell you that threat is outpacing our ability to respond. Without congressional action, the...
  • Greenpeace activists crash Superman-shaped drone into French nuclear plant

    07/03/2018 3:54:38 PM PDT · by BBell · 29 replies
    https://www.msn.com/ ^ | 7/3/18 | Lucia Suarez Sang
    Greenpeace activists flew a Superman-shaped drone into the no-fly zone around a French nuclear plant on Tuesday before crashing it against the building to highlight the facility’s lack of security. The drone, piloted by one of Greenpeace’s activists, slammed into the tower in Bugey nuclear plant, about 20 miles from the eastern city of Lyon, the group said in a video. “This action again highlights the extreme vulnerability of this type of buildings, which contain the highest amount of radioactivity in nuclear plants,” Greenpeace said, according to Reuters. The environmental group, which also crashed a tiny radio-controlled plane into the...
  • We took an exclusive ride in a flying car

    06/06/2018 10:47:16 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 40 replies
    CNN ^ | June 6, 2018: 7:35 AM ET | by Matt McFarland
    It's as easy to use as playing Minecraft," Kitty Hawk CEO Sebastian Thrun said as we watched my colleague Rachel Crane pull on a motorcycle helmet. Rachel and I had just flown into Las Vegas for an exclusive first look at the Silicon Valley single-seat flying machine, Flyer. Kitty Hawk, funded by Google cofounder Larry Page and led by Thrun, a self-driving car pioneer, attracted nationwide attention when it teased its Flyer prototype last year. But now Rachel was suiting up to become the first reporter to take flight in a new, sleeker model -- no pilot license required. Expectedly,...
  • Air Superiority Under 2000 Feet: Lessons from Waging Drone Warfare Against ISIL

    05/12/2018 6:35:46 PM PDT · by mrsmith · 27 replies
    War On The Rocks ^ | May 11, 2018 | Pablo Chovil
    During my time in Mosul as a member of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team of the 82nd Airborne Division, a remarkably accessible and affordable device arrived on the battlefield. As my battalion helped Iraqi forces retake the city, we encountered some of the first small drones employed in modern conflict... Two events abruptly altered the way Iraq’s most elite ground unit perceived these devices. The first was after the Counter-Terrorism Service escorted advisors from the 82nd Airborne Division to a meeting with an Iraqi Army unit in Mosul proper. During the return to their outpost, the convoy spotted an unidentified...
  • /fatal-tesla-crash-under-investigation & Drone testing without Amazon?

    05/10/2018 4:36:19 AM PDT · by JohnThree3to16 · 10 replies
    Linkedin ^ | LinkedIn Daily Rundown
    https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/fatal-tesla-crash-under-investigation-california-new-rundown-us- The news professionals are talking about now, curated by LinkedIn’s editors. Join the conversation by clicking the hashtags below. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a fatal crash involving a Tesla Model S. The car crashed and caught fire in Florida on Tuesday, killing two teens and injuring a third. The probe will focus on the vehicle’s battery — not the semi-autonomous Autopilot system, which is at the heart of a separate “spat” between Tesla and the NTSB. Several recent incidents have raised concerns about the safety of autonomous tech, although Ohio Governor John Kasich yesterday cleared the...
  • The Real Next War in Syria: Iran vs. Israel

    04/17/2018 8:11:08 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 14 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 15, 2018 | Thomas L. Friedman
    Round one occurred on Feb. 10, when an Iranian drone launched by a Revolutionary Guards Quds Force unit operating out of Syria’s T4 air base, east of Homs in central Syria, was shot down with a missile from an Israeli Apache helicopter that was following it after it penetrated Israeli airspace. “This is the first time we saw Iran do something against Israel — not by proxy,” a senior Israeli military source told me. “This opened a new period.” It certainly helps to explain why Israeli jets launched a predawn missile raid on the Iranian drone’s T4 home base last...
  • Greece intercepts Turkish drone over Rhodes

    04/06/2018 4:08:37 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 15 replies
    everyday (translate google) ^ | SATURDAY APRIL 7, 2018 | none stated
    The Greek air force has intercepted a Turkish military drone that violated Greece’s national airspace in the southeastern Aegean, Kathimerini has learned. The Turkish Anka unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV ANKA) twice entered Greek airspace above the Dodecanese island of Rhodes, at an altitude of 19,000-20,000 feet on Thursday. The drone was intercepted by Greek F-16 fighter jets that took off from Kasteli air base on Crete. On Thursday, Greek and Turkish fighter jets engaged in two dogfights over the Aegean, after the Turkish jets violated Greek airspace 16 times in the northeast, central and southeastern Aegean.
  • NASA to decide soon whether flying drone will launch with Mars 2020 rover

    03/16/2018 8:16:05 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 33 replies
    Spaceflight Now ^ | 3/15/18 | Stephen Clark
    NASA to decide soon whether flying drone will launch with Mars 2020 rover March 15, 2018 Stephen Clark Artist’s illustration of the Mars helicopter drone that could travel to the red planet as soon as 2020. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Testing of a lightweight robotic helicopter designed to fly in the alien atmosphere of Mars has produced encouraging results in recent months, and NASA officials expect to decide soon whether the aerial drone will accompany the agency’s next rover to the red planet set for liftoff in 2020.Engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory have worked on the helicopter design for several years,...
  • Orbital ATK to provide ISR aircraft to Afghan Air Force

    03/10/2018 2:18:25 AM PST · by BBell · 11 replies
    https://www.upi.com/ ^ | 3/9/18 | James LaPorta
    March 9 (UPI) -- Orbital ATK has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Air Force for services in support of aircraft for the Afghanistan Air Force. The deal, announced Thursday by the Department of Defense, is valued at more than $86.4 million under the terms of a firm-fixed-price, undefinitized contract. The agreement between the U.S. Air Force and Orbital ATK will provide the Afghan Air Force with an AC-208 Eliminator, an armed intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft. The aircraft is equipped with AGM-114 HELLFIRE missile payloads. Work on the contract will occur in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected...
  • The drone shot down by Israel was an Iranian copy of a U.S. craft, Israel says

    02/11/2018 5:33:57 PM PST · by Innovative · 43 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Feb. 11, 2018 | Loveday Morris and Ruth Eglash
    The drone that Israel said it shot down this weekend appeared to have been developed by Iran from technology obtained when it captured a U.S. stealth aircraft in 2011, according to aviation experts and Israeli officials. Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, a spokesman for Israel’s military, and Yuval Steinitz, a minister in Israel’s security cabinet, said the craft was a copy of a U.S. RQ-170 Sentinel spy drone, which Iran claims to have reverse-engineered.
  • Syrian anti-aircraft fire shoots down Israeli fighter jet, Israeli military says

    02/10/2018 12:43:35 AM PST · by Lera · 112 replies
    ABC ^ | 2/10/18
    The Israeli military has shot down an Iranian drone that infiltrated the country and has struck Iranian targets in Syria that launched it, in what the military called a "severe and irregular violation of Israeli sovereignty". The military said its planes faced heavy anti-aircraft counter fire from Syria that forced Israeli pilots to abandon an F-16 jet that crashed in northern Israel. It said the pilots were injured and evacuated to a hospital. Sirens sounded in northern Israel as a result of massive Syrian fire. Explosions could be heard in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley region near the Syrian border. Israeli military...
  • These drones plant trees by firing seed pods at the ground

    01/24/2018 8:42:20 AM PST · by Red Badger · 24 replies
    www.popsci.com ^ | January 22, 2018 | By Josh Landis and Owen Agnew
    Climate change is a sprawling, complex problem. But there is an astonishingly simple way to make a difference: plant more trees. Trees scrub pollution from the air, reduce erosion, improve water quality, provide homes for animals and insects, and enhance our lives in countless other ways. It turns out that ecosystem restoration is also an emerging business opportunity. A new report from the World Resources Institute and the Nature Conservancy says governments around the world have committed to reviving nearly 400 million acres of wilderness — an area larger than South Africa. As countries push to regrow forests, startups are dreaming up...