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  • 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) — 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’s 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, well 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 Russias 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. We have taken action to maintain safe separation, 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 An infamous fundraiser that involves shooting pigeons has taken down another flying object. A drone that was being used to film Senator Inhofes pigeon fundraiser was grounded Saturday. The annual fundraiser earns money for the senator as guests shoot at tame, banded pigeons as theyre 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 Stateswith non-lethal weapons thanks to a recently amended bill in North Dakota. The laws 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.I think its important to maintain the humanity in making decisions to deploy weapons against another individual, 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. 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 Schools wind turbine as he often does when a drone zoomed in. Video taken by the drone, owned by a Californian on vacation, shows Byron sprawled across the turbines 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 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 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 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 my girls 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. Thats the unofficial motto for this years 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 drunkenly 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.
  • Drone Temporarily Halts Air Drops Over Wildfire in San Bernardino [AGAIN]; Blaze Is 10% Contained

    07/12/2015 7:52:02 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    ktla ^ | Updated at 07:31pm, July 12, 2015 | John A. Moreno
    A recreational drone temporarily halted air drops Sunday in an area of southwest San Bernardino County where firefighters were battling a brush fire, officials said. The Mill 2 Fire broke out about 2:30 p.m. and burned 35 acres within 90 minutes near the intersection of Highway 38 and Bryant Street (map), east of Mentone and North of Yucaipa, according to the U.S. Forest Service. No injuries were immediately reported. Homes in Yucaipa and a Southern California Edison plant in Highland were threatened, said Carol Underhill, a spokeswoman for the agency. Four residences were evacuated on the west end of Yucaipa...
  • Illegal 4-Foot Drone Shut Down Aerial Firefight Over Lake Fire: Forest Service

    06/25/2015 7:46:59 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 27 replies
    ktla ^ | June 25, 2015 | Melissa Pamer and Eric Spillman,
    The drone was spotted about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday flying between two fixed-wing aircraft battling the massive wildfire burning south of Big Bear Lake, according to Mike Eaton, forest aviation officer for the San Bernardino National Forest. The sighting of the illegal aircraft prompted authorities to recall all aircraft battling the fire. We dont want to deal with unknown aircraft in our airspace, Eaton said. Theyve got enough on their mind already difficult terrain, difficult weather, winds and other things. They dont need to be worrying about model airplanes or drones. Authorities could not figure out who was flying the...
  • Meet the woman sending abortion drugs to Poland by drone

    06/25/2015 7:23:40 PM PDT · by Morgana · 15 replies
    newstatesman.com ^ | 23 June, 2015 | Barbara Speed
    At around midday on Saturday, a drone will touch down in Słubice, a small town on Poland's western border. Its cargo? Several doses each of the drugs Mifepristone and Misoprostol, which, taken together, constitute an abortion. “This is not an air drop,” Rebecca Gomperts tells me over the phone, days before the delivery is due to take place. “This is an individual delivery method – we’re not dropping bags full of abortion pills into Poland.” At the moment, Gomperts and her team at Women on Waves are planning to deliver “less than five” doses to individual women who need them...
  • New Drone Spots Sharks Lurking In Waters Near Popular SoCal Surfing Spot

    06/17/2015 6:20:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 41 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | June 17, 2015
    When lifeguards at a popular Southern California surfing spot decided to use a high-tech drone to keep swimmers safe from shark attacks, they got a chilling eyeful. The drone flies up about a 100 feet, looks down at a wide area and when they see shadows they can focus on them. In a matter of minutes the lifeguards can see just how many sharks may be lurking just yards from the shoreline. This morning, we launched it and 10 minutes later, we knew there were 10 to 12 sharks in the Surfside [Beach] area, said Chief Joe Bailey, a Seal...
  • The B-Unstoppable is the Worlds First Camera Tank Quadcopter Drone VIDEOS

    06/16/2015 11:27:37 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 10 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | JUNE 16, 2015 | Michael Archambault
    If quadcopters havent yet caught your interest then maybe the B-Unstoppable hybrid drone will be the first. A Kickstarter project created by a company named B aims to introduce the first commercially available hybrid tank-quadcopter to market. With the flip of a switch, your drone can transform from a dirt-barreling tank into a sky-flying aircraft while capturing footage the entire time via an optional 720p HD camera.
  • This Awesome New Air Force Weapon Will Take Out The Enemy Before They Know What Hit Em

    06/04/2015 4:11:34 AM PDT · by lbryce · 10 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | June 4, 2015 | Christopher Agee
    The cruise missiles so often used to destroy ISIS installations and other enemy targets descend like a flash out of the sky, traveling up to 600mph as they approach unsuspecting terrorist compounds, hideouts, and ammo storage facilities. But the impressive speed at which a cruise missile is propelled will seem like a proverbial stroll in the park when an awesome new generation of hypersonic birds take flight as an operating Air Force weapon system. The website military.com reveals updated details of the progress the Air Force is making in the development of the X-51, the hypersonic air vehicle thats...
  • Territorial goose takes down a drone in the Netherlands

    05/29/2015 6:24:20 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 6 replies
    upi ^ | May 28, 2015 | Ben Hooper
    ALKMAAR, Netherlands, - A Netherlands public broadcaster shared a clip of its video drone being smacked out of the sky by an aggressive goose. RTV Noord-Holland, which shared the clip on YouTube, said the Egyptian goose apparently saw the drone as a rival when it was flying over the Oudorperpolder area of Alkmaar. The bird came in low to knock the device out of the sky. The drone did not appear to be seriously damaged and was able to make a relatively smooth landing.
  • Report: US drone strike kills man who claimed Charlie Hebdo, kosher market attacks

    05/07/2015 3:52:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    jpost.com ^ | 5/7/15 | reuters
    A US operation has killed the senior al-Qaida figure who issued the claim of responsibility for the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris, according to US sources familiar with the matter and a reported video posted by the group. Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) said that its ideologue Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi was killed with his eldest son and other fighters in Yemen in a US air strike, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which cited the online video. Reuters could not independently verify the video. Ansi's death would suggest the covert US drone program against the Yemen branch of...
  • Ten-engine electric plane prototype takes off [NASA]

    05/04/2015 6:56:04 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 36 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 05/04/2015 | by Kathy Barnstorff & Provided by NASA
    Credit: NASA Langley/David C. Bowman A team at NASA's Langley Research Center is developing a concept of a battery-powered plane that has 10 engines and can take off like a helicopter and fly efficiently like an aircraft. The prototype, called Greased Lightning or GL-10, is currently in the design and testing phase. The initial thought was to develop a 20-foot wingspan (6.1 meters) aircraft powered by hybrid diesel/electric engines, but the team started with smaller versions for testing, built by rapid prototyping. Imagine a battery-powered plane that has 10 engines and can take off like a helicopter and fly...
  • Documents show miscues at US counterterrorism base put aircraft in danger

    05/02/2015 2:51:17 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 3 replies
    WaPo,via Stars & Stripes ^ | April 30, 2015 | Craig Whitlock
    The skies above the U.S. military's counterterrorism hub on the Horn of Africa have become chronically dangerous, with pilots forced to rely on local air-traffic controllers who fall asleep on the job, commit errors at astronomical rates and are hostile to Americans, documents show. Conditions at Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti, the base for U.S. pilots flying sensitive missions over Yemen and Somalia, have become so dire that American warplanes and civilian airliners alike are routinely placed in jeopardy, according to federal aviation experts and documents obtained by The Washington Post under the Freedom of Information Act. Unlike other major U.S....
  • Drone Footage Shows Nepal Earthquake Damage

    04/29/2015 4:21:46 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 4 replies
    Drone footage recorded over the Nepalese capital Kathmandu shows the scale of destruction following a major earthquake.
  • Hezbollah Builds Runway For Suicide Drones

    04/26/2015 12:18:27 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 26 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | April 24, 2015 | Peter Malcom
    Jane’s Defence Weekly reports that Hezbollah has built a runway in the morthern Bekaa Valley to be used for drones, likely Iranian-made UAVs. New satellite images shows the runway in an area 10 kilometers south of the Lebanese village of Hermel.
Jane’s states: The short length of the runway suggests the facility is not intended to smuggle in weapons shipments from Syria or Iran as it is too short for nearly all the transport aircraft used by the air forces of those countries. An alternative explanation is that the runway was built for Iranian-made UAVs, including the Ababil-3, which has been...
  • Obama kills another American. And an ally. They were good guys.

    04/23/2015 4:29:37 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 18 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 04-23-15 | DrJohn
    An American drone strike in January killed four people in Afghanistan: An American and an Italian held hostage by al-Qaida, as well as two Americans working with the terror group, were inadvertently killed in U.S. counterterrorism operations earlier this year, the White House said Thursday. The White House said that Warren Weinstein, an American held by al-Qaida since 2011, and Giovanni Lo Porto, an Italian held since 2012, were killed in a January operation in the border region of Afghanistan and Pakistan. The operation targeted an al-Qaida-associated compound and there was no reason to believe either hostage was present,...
  • Dad uses drone to follow his daughter to school (photos)

    04/22/2015 11:48:39 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 24 replies
    Wired, ABC, 6abc. ^ | April 22, 2015
    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WPVI) -- Need a new way to keep tabs on your child? A father in Tennessee may have the answer. Chris Early uses an eye in the sky to watch his eight-year-old daughter. Early, from Knoxville, is a techie and he loves to play with his new drone. He owns a production company and loves to see what new things he can do with it. A few weeks ago he used it to when his daughter Katie asked to walk to school on her own. As she was walking out of the door, the father got out his...
  • Mysterious Drone Causing Headaches in Mansfield (Privacy RIP)

    04/21/2015 9:40:30 AM PDT · by C19fan · 73 replies
    NBCDFW.com ^ | Ray Villeda
    A Mansfield man says a drone was hovering outside his first floor window. He called police and was told there was little they could do about it.
  • Marines launched a kamikaze drone from an Osprey aircraft

    04/17/2015 10:10:41 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 16 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 4/17/15 | Dan Lamothe
    Flying a kamikaze drone armed with explosives from the back of an MV-22 Osprey aircraft, and directing it right into the insurgents fighting hole. The Marines tested a small unmanned aircraft known as the Switchblade recently at Twentynine Palms, Calif., flying it directly at targets from both the ground and the back of the Osprey, a long-range aircraft that has rotors like a helicopter, but can fly like a plane once they rotate forward. They were inert, with no explosives on board, but the mission went off without a hitch, said Col. James Adams, commanding officer of Marine Aviation Weapons...
  • Eye in the sky: Local constables using drones to fight crime

    04/17/2015 9:30:08 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 20 replies
    KHOU ^ | 4/16/15
    The Harris County Precinct 1 Constable's Office is doing something that no other agency in Harris County is believed to have done yet: Use drones to help fight crime. It's an eye in the sky for law enforcement, without giving up the element of surprise. "It could absolutely save lives," says Constable Alan Rosen. Rosen says the agency's two new $1,200 drones, which have been in use for three weeks, are game changers in getting intel before serving search warrants, on SWAT situations and even looking for escaped inmates. "You're not gonna detect that the drone is there because it's...
  • Chimpanzee Whacks Camera Drone Out of Mid-Air with a Stick VIDEO

    04/12/2015 3:19:03 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 23 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | 04/12/15 | Michael Zhang
    Pro tip: Dont fly your camera drone too close to chimpanzees. They might knock it out of the air using a stick. Thats what happened to one camera drone user over in the Netherlands while flying a drone in a zoos chimpanzee habitat. One of the chimps decided that enough is enough
  • Hillary Clinton replied to drone crash email with furniture inquiry: Sorry!

    03/31/2015 1:27:32 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 24 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 3-31-15 | Douglas Ernst
    Hillary Rodham Clintons mixture of personal and work email once resulted in a reply to a crashed drone story with inquiries about home decorations. Files obtained by The Associated Press show that Mrs. Clinton accidentally sent adviser Huma Abedin questions about the attractiveness of shelving units in response to a drone crash in Pakistan. I like the idea of these. How high are they? What would the bench be made of? And Id prefer two shelves or attractive boxes/baskets/ conmtainers (sic) on one. What do you think? Mrs. Clinton wrote, AP reported Tuesday. When Mrs. Abedin then asked if she...
  • Amazon.com moves drone testing to secret Canadian location after U.S. too slow granting permits

    03/30/2015 9:23:41 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 19 replies
    National Post ^ | March 30, 2015 | Tristin Hopper
    VANCOUVER Spurned by U.S. regulators, Amazon.com has turned to the one country where flying delivery robots are still welcome: Canada. On Monday, the U.K.s Guardian newspaper revealed that the online retail giant is testing its latest prototypes for package-carrying drones at a top-secret site in British Columbia. We are rapidly experimenting and iterating on Amazon Prime Air including outdoors at a rural test site in Canada, wrote Amazon spokesperson Kristen Kish in an email to the National Post. --- Located a mere 600 metres from the U.S. border, the Canadian testing grounds fulfill a lingering threat by Amazon...
  • US evacuates staff as Yemen on edge of civil war

    03/22/2015 5:08:23 AM PDT · by EBH · 55 replies
    AFP ^ | 3/22/2015 | Fawaz al-Haidari
    Aden (AFP) - The United States said it had evacuated all its staff from Yemen, whose embattled president has appealed for "urgent intervention" by the UN Security Council as attacks by Iran-backed rebels bring his country nearer to civil war. Due to the deteriorating security situation in Yemen, the US government has temporarily relocated its remaining personnel out of Yemen," State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke said in a statement. The evacuation comes after several suicide bombings claimed by the Islamic State group killed 142 people in Sanaa on Friday, with the jihadists seeking to exploit the chaos gripping the country....
  • Syria claims to shoot down US reconnaissance aircraft (Predator Drone)

    03/17/2015 1:42:18 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 12 replies
    <p>Syria's state news agency says the country's air defense forces have shot down a U.S. reconnaissance aircraft.</p> <p>SANA says the aircraft was downed Tuesday north of the coastal city of Latakia. It provided no further details.</p> <p>State television broadcast footage of what it said was the wreckage, including a wheel and electronic parts. Soldiers in camouflage could be seen loading some of the debris into the back of a truck.</p>
  • Woman Who Attacked Drone Photographer for Being a Pervert May Have Charges Dropped VIDEOS

    03/09/2015 9:39:45 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 12 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | 03/09/15 | Michael Zhang
    SOME PROFANITY The woman who was captured in a viral video last year attacking a drone photographer and calling him a pervert may have her charges dropped and record cleared.
  • The worlds tiniest drone shows privacy may be dead for good

    03/07/2015 7:47:52 AM PST · by shove_it · 33 replies
    BGR ^ | 5 May 2015 | Brad Reed
    Privacy seems like such a quaint 20th Century concept, doesnt it? Unbox Therapy has posted a video of the CX-10 Mini Drone, which is described as the worlds smallest drone and is a definite harbinger of things to come. In other words, it looks like privacy is finally toast. The good news with this particular drone is that Unbox Therapy says youll have to fly it indoors since its so small and light that a good gust of wind could blow it down. This means that you cant use it to secretly peep on into your neighbors window, for instance,...
  • Multiple Camera Drones Were Lost for This Imagery of a Volcanos Insides

    02/24/2015 8:28:59 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 22 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | 02/24/15 | Michael Zhang
    Explorer Sam Cossman recently employed the help of multiple drones to capture photos and footage of the Marum Crater in an active volcano on the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu. He ended up losing multiple drones in the process, but he left the island with spectacular images that will help provide a better understanding of the volcano and the life that exists around it.
  • Paris landmarks targeted in French night drone mystery

    02/24/2015 7:57:35 AM PST · by Lonely Bull · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | 24 February 2015
    Drones have been seen flying over several sensitive landmarks in Paris in a night-time mystery that French police say is being taken seriously. At least five of the unmanned aerial machines were spotted between midnight on Monday and 0600 on Tuesday, and none of the operators has been caught. The first appeared over the US embassy and there were later sightings near the Eiffel Tower and Place de la Concorde. French police believe the drone flights could be linked. Small drones are easy to buy but their appearance in recent months over sensitive locations has worried French authorities.
  • Chinese company limits US drone use after White House crash

    02/03/2015 7:43:59 PM PST · by DTAD · 10 replies
    A Chinese drone maker which created the small quadcopter that recently crashed on White House grounds said Wednesday it is updating its drones to prohibit flight over the US capital.