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  • Refugees Will Build Drones As Part Of Federally Funded Jobs Program

    05/23/2016 9:06:41 PM PDT · by george76 · 82 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | 05/23/2016 | RACHEL STOLTZFOOS
    The Department of Labor has awarded Utica, New York, $2 million to teach young refugees how to build drones as part of a summer jobs program. About 400 teenage refugee students living in the city will get part-time summer jobs through the program, as well as tutoring in English and Math. Those who demonstrate academic competence will then take part in a year-long drone building challenge during the school year, as the work and tutoring continues. The 14- and 15-year-old refugee students will learn how to design a drone and then construct their own model using the lab of the...
  • Drone racing competitions to air for first time on ESPN3

    04/24/2016 5:50:15 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 7 replies
    LA Times ^ | April 13, 2016 | Samantha Masunaga
    The fledgling sport of drone racing is about to fly onto more screens. The International Drone Racing Assn. has signed a multiyear international distribution deal with sports media giant ESPN, marking the first time the sport will be on major network television. In drone racing, competitors maneuver small flying drones around a course and wear goggles that show the drone's perspective of the track. At home, viewers will see a version of that perspective. The 2016 National Drone Racing Championships, held in New York City in August, and the 2016 World Drone Racing Championships, set for Kualoa Ranch, Hawaii, in...
  • DARPA Prepares to Unleash a Storm of "Gremlins" on U.S. Foes

    04/16/2016 11:42:17 AM PDT · by Mariner · 20 replies
    The Motley Fool ^ | April 16th, 2016 | Rich Smith
    Six months in the making, DARPA's Gremlins program is finally getting off the ground -- and that statement probably requires a bit of explaining. "DARPA" is the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the "mad scientists" division of the Pentagon, responsible for funding and developing leading-edge technologies that can be employed in warfare. Respectively, "Gremlins" is one such technology. As previously revealed by DARPA, Gremlins aims to develop fleets of "low-cost, reusable unmanned air systems" (aka drones) that can be launched from other aircraft, perform their missions, and then return to land back aboard their motherships -- an acrobatic feat to...
  • US admits it plans to withdraw Sinai peacekeepers

    04/12/2016 3:48:30 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/4/16
    The Pentagon has confirmed reports it plans to cut the number of US peacekeeping troops in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, partly because of the growing threat from the Islamic State group, an official said Tuesday. About 700 US troops participate in a UN operation established after Israel and Egypt signed a 1979 peace deal and agreed for a Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) mission to monitor compliance. The mission has historically been somewhat low-key, but in recent months attacks from IS jihadists have put forces on a state of constant high alert. In September for instance, a roadside bombing injured six...
  • Obama acknowledges civilian deaths by US drones

    04/01/2016 3:50:44 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 1, 2016 6:40 PM EDT
    President Barack Obama is acknowledging that “civilians have been killed that shouldn’t have been” in past U.S. drone strikes, but says the administration is now “very cautious” about taking strikes where women or children are present. […] He says the U.S. has to take responsibility when it is not acting appropriately. …
  • Giant remote-controlled cyborg beetles could replace drones

    03/29/2016 7:10:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12:00AM BST 30 Mar 2016 | Sarah Knapton
    It might sound the stuff of nightmares, but giant cyborg beetles could soon be winging their way to a town near you, after scientists proved they can wire up insects and control them remotely. Several labs across the world are trying to design robot insect swarms because the creatures are good at getting into nooks and crannies so they could quickly locate earthquake survivors in piles of rubble, carry out surveillance or eavesdrop on criminals or terrorists. But engineers at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and the University of California Berkeley have gone one step further. Instead of creating robots...
  • The Second Amendment Isn’t Prepared for a 3D-Printed Drone Army

    03/25/2016 9:44:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Motherboard ^ | March 25, 2016 | Zoltan Istvan
    Imagine this: A disgruntled citizen borrows $30,000 from his credit cards. With the money he buys a sophisticated 3D printer off eBay and begins secretly printing and building a hundred drones in his garage. Then he downloads internet blueprints of 3D gun printing tech that can be adapted to arm his drones. The terrorist decides he wants some of his drones outfitted to carry droppable Molotov cocktails and glass containers of hydrochloric acid. He pre-programs some of the drones to shoot or crash into specific targets using over-the-counter navigation software. Other drones the terrorist plans to fly himself. He decides...
  • Flying Drone Billboards Are the Future We Deserve

    03/18/2016 6:02:08 AM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | March 17, 2016 | Chris Mills
    When listing all the ways humanity is going to ruin the future, one that doesn’t often come up is the sun being blocked out by a horde of drone advertising blimps. But that hasn’t stopped one Swiss firm from working hard to make it a reality. Skye Aero is a project to build 10-foot helium-filled balloons, with small propellers attached to give better control than your average blimp. The benefits are a much bigger aircraft—useful when you want to advertise to people—and one that won’t crash the second it loses power, or bumps into anyone.
  • Mysterious 'Area 6' landing strip in Nevada desert baffles experts

    03/09/2016 5:39:28 PM PST · by Kaslin · 77 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | March 9, 2016 | Thia Goose
    A mysterious, mile-long landing strip in the remote Nevada desert could be the home base for testing sensors on a top-secret fleet of drones, security experts speculate. The asphalt landing strip is in Area 6 of the Yucca Flat test site, about 12 miles northeast of the infamous Area 51 that has long been the subject of conspiracy theories. In Area 6, a handful of hangars with clamshell doors are clustered at one end of the airstrip, images from Google Earth reveal.
  • Pentagon spy drones sometimes flown over U.S.: USA Today

    03/09/2016 8:51:23 AM PST · by Ray76 · 6 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Mar 9, 2015
    The Pentagon has deployed drones several times over U.S. territory on non-military spy missions, but the flights have been rare and lawful, according to a Defense Department report obtained by USA Today under the Freedom of Information Act.
  • FAA Reveals 63 Drone Launch Sites On US Territory

    03/09/2016 8:51:13 AM PST · by Ray76 · 7 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Apr 24, 2012 | Eloise Lee
    (Apr 24, 2012) The Pentagon is launching drones and spy planes from at least 63 locations within the United States. The Federal Aviation Administration released the data following a Freedom of Information Act request by the Electronic Frontier Foundation. But this information is bound to ruffle the feathers of privacy activists, who are concerned that unmanned aerial drones could be used to spy over residential areas.
  • For Sale Soon, an Anti-Drone Bazooka

    03/07/2016 6:39:22 AM PST · by C19fan · 14 replies
    War is Boring ^ | March 7, 2016 | David Axe
    Drones got you down? British company is offering a new way to ensnare and bring down robotics planes operating illegally in your airspace — the SkyWall 100, a net-firing bazooka. “The proliferation of cheap and easy to fly drones has triggered a rise in the number of incidents where the safety and security of individuals and facilities has been compromised,” OpenWorks Engineering explains. “They have infiltrated the security of heads of state, delivered contraband into prisons and photographed private film sets and celebrity’s property.
  • Pentagon Kills Its Killer Drone Fleet

    02/11/2016 7:55:30 AM PST · by C19fan · 17 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | February 11, 2016 | David Axe
    Cutting-edge killer drones will not be flying over the world’s oceans any time soon. The Defense Department’s budget proposal for 2017, released on Feb. 9, terminates an on-again, off-again program dating back to the late 1990s that aimed to develop a bomb-hauling robotic jet capable of launching from and landing on the U.S. Navy’s aircraft carriers. The decision to cancel the so-called Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike is reflected in the Defense Department’s 2017 budget proposal, released on Feb. 9. The proposal shows a combined $818 million in funding for the UCLASS killer drone program in 2015 and...
  • Drones that 'think' like humans could be heading for war zones: Darpa chip uses 'neural networks'...

    02/08/2016 12:30:12 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 40 replies
    Mailonline ^ | 02/08/2016 | Lee Bell
    The Pentagon is funding research to develop a microchip that not only promises brain-like artificial intelligence, it is small enough to fit inside a wide range of mobile devices. Known as 'Eyeriss', the palm-sized processor has a staggering 168 cores and is based on 'neural networks' that are modelled on the human brain. By comparison, processing chips used in a wide variety of smartphones typically have quad cores. This technology could make its way onto the battlefield in the form of drones or robots that could conduct their own learning in real-time, without the need for human analysis. ... Researchers...
  • Dutch Police Training Eagles to Take Down Drones

    02/01/2016 10:32:52 AM PST · by Reeses · 17 replies
    IEEE Spectrum ^ | Feb 1 2016 | Evan Ackerman
    No matter how many regulations are put in place, drones are cheap enough now that frequent misuse is becoming the norm. There's no good way of dealing with a dangerous drone: you can jam its radios to force it to autoland, or maybe try using an even bigger drone to capture it inside a giant net. In either of these cases, however, you run the risk of having the drone go completely out of control, which is even more dangerous. Or, you can be like the Dutch National Police, and train eagles to take down drones for you.
  • Dutch Police Training Eagles to Take Down Drones

    02/01/2016 8:16:23 AM PST · by protest1 · 20 replies
    IEEE Spectrum ^ | 1st Feb 2016 | Evan Ackerman
    Automaton Robotics Aerial Robots Dutch Police Training Eagles to Take Down Drones By Evan Ackerman Posted 1 Feb 2016 | 9:17 GMT No matter how many regulations the FAA puts in place, drones are cheap enough now that frequent misuse is becoming the norm. There's no good way of dealing with a dangerous drone: you can jam its radios to force it to autoland, or maybe try using an even bigger drone to capture it inside a giant net. In either of these cases, however, you run the risk of having the drone go completely out of control, which is...
  • More Air Force drones are crashing than ever as mysterious new problems emerge

    01/20/2016 2:33:32 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | January 20 at 10:02 AM | Craig Whitlock
    Driving the increase was a mysterious surge in mishaps involving the Air Force's newest and most advanced "hunter-killer" drone, the Reaper, which has become the Pentagon's favored weapon for conducting surveillance and airstrikes against the Islamic State, al-Qaeda and other militant groups. The Reaper has been bedeviled by a rash of sudden electrical failures that have caused the 21/2-ton drone to lose power and drop from the sky, according to accident-investigation documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act. Investigators have traced the problem to a faulty starter-generator, but have been unable to pinpoint why it goes haywire or devise...
  • You may be powerless to stop a drone from hovering over your own yard

    01/13/2016 6:49:44 PM PST · by Paladin2 · 49 replies
    WAPO ^ | jan 13, 2016 | Andrea Peterson and Matt McFarland
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  • Can you shoot down a drone over your own yard? Maybe not

    01/14/2016 11:12:23 AM PST · by Kaslin · 57 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | January 14, 2016 | JAZZ SHAW
    The Washington Post has an interesting interview this week with William Merideth, the Kentucky businessman who famously took a shotgun and introduced a terminal malfunction to a camera equipped drone hovering over his property last year. The case, while providing some amusement to the public initially, has raised vexing questions about property rights, privacy, and the limits of the government (under the auspices of the Federal Aviation Administration) to control the airspace over your property. It’s been mostly settled law for quite some time that property owners control the mineral rights and other resources under their land, but how much...
  • Drone owner files federal lawsuit after neighbor downs aircraft with a shotgun (KY)

    01/06/2016 11:56:38 AM PST · by jazusamo · 64 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 6, 2016 | Andrew Blake
    A Kentucky man who had his $1,500 hobbyist drone shot out of the sky last year by an agitated neighbor has filed a federal lawsuit in hope of having the courts define the rights of aircraft operators versus property owners with respect to unmanned aerial vehicles. Attorneys for the drone owner, David Boggs, filed a complaint for declaratory judgment and damages in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky on Monday, nearly six months after the man’s camera-equipped, remote-controlled aircraft was brought down by a shotgun-wielding neighbor, William Merideth. Police initially cited Mr. Merideth with charges of criminal...
  • The New Technocracy is Nearly Upon us...We Need to Chat

    01/03/2016 1:42:36 AM PST · by BRK · 27 replies
    The Mind of BRK | 3 Jan 2015 | BRK
    Well 2016 has rolled around and one of the first articles I saw was about George Hotz and his home-brew self driving car. He is claiming that his car is not programmed by rules to drive, but rather was taught to drive by watching him drive. If this is true, then we need to chat. First, every Freeper should read this article in it's entirety. http://www.bloomberg.com/features/2015-george-hotz-self-driving-car/ Second, we really need to think about what this will mean to us in a future that is coming a lot faster than any of you all might think. What will it mean when...
  • Drug Cartels Are Hacking US Border Patrol Drones

    01/01/2016 1:03:33 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 28 replies
    NEWS Softpedia ^ | JAN 1, 2016 | By Catalin Cimpanu
    Drug Cartels Are Hacking US Border Patrol Drones Border patrol drones are vulnerable to GPS spoofing attacks The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency are reporting on incidents where drug traffickers have hacked unmanned air vehicles (UAVs, drones) in order to illegally and secretly cross the US-Mexican border. UAVs have become a common presence in the US military, but they have also spread to other US law enforcement agencies like local police and border patrol. Unlike their military counterparts, which cost millions of dollars, the drones used by other law enforcement...
  • FAA Finally Admits Names And Home Addresses In Drone Registry Will Be Publicly Available

    12/20/2015 8:35:41 PM PST · by South40 · 16 replies
    Forbes ^ | 18 DEC 2015 | John Goglia
    The FAA finally confirmed this afternoon that model aircraft registrants' names and home addresses will be public. In an email message, the FAA stated: "Until the drone registry system is modified, the FAA will not release names and address. When the drone registry system is modified to permit public searches of registration numbers, names and addresses will be revealed through those searches." I've been trying to get to the bottom of whether names and home addresses of model aircraft or hobby drone owners - including children as young as 13 - will be made available by the FAA to the...
  • Air Force to allow non-officers to fly drones for first time

    12/19/2015 9:58:23 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | December 19, 2015 | W.J. Hennigan
    IRBIL, Iraq — The Air Force will allow enlisted personnel to become drone pilots for the first time to help meet demands for increased surveillance over global hot spots, according to a new policy announced Thursday. The decision, which follows months of study, is the latest Air Force effort to overhaul the growing drone program, which has struggled to recruit and retain enough officers to serve as drone pilots. Counterterrorism operations including the battle against Islamic State have created constant demand for aerial intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, or ISR. Drone pilots say they are overworked and badly stressed. “This group...
  • New FAA rule requires drone owners to register by February 19

    12/14/2015 8:49:15 AM PST · by ctdonath2 · 61 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Dec 14, 2015 | David Morgan
    The Federal Aviation Administration, responding to heightened concerns about rogue drone flights near airports, unveiled a pre-Christmas rule on Monday requiring drone hobbyists as young as 13 to register their unmanned aircraft. The new online registry will require current drone owners to register by Feb. 19 while anyone who acquires aircraft after Dec. 21 would need to register before their first outdoor flight. After registering, drone owners will receive an FAA identification number that they must display on aircraft weighing between 0.55 pounds (250 grams) and 55 pounds (25 kgs). The FAA's online registration site, which will be launched next...
  • Burglars steal pricey items from North Miami hobby shop (RC Cars, Drones...)

    12/11/2015 8:18:46 AM PST · by Vortex · 12 replies
    WPLG 10 ^ | 12/09/2015 | Yelena Orrelly
    NORTH MIAMI, Fla. - Police are searching for two men who broke into a North Miami hobby shop and stole several pricey items.
  • The U.S. Air Force Is Using Civilians to Fly Drones in Combat Theaters

    12/02/2015 10:45:41 AM PST · by The_Media_never_lie · 15 replies
    Military Weapons ^ | Dec. 1, 2015 | Kyle Mizokami
    The Los Angeles Times reports that the U.S. Air Force is using civilian defense contractors to fly military drones in combat theaters. The civilian drones pilots are used to fly missions that don't involve actual shooting, regulating their role to keeping an eye on enemy forces.
  • Why Did the Environmental Protection Agency Spend $1.4 Million on Guns?

    11/01/2015 7:40:24 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 62 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | October 30, 2015 | Ed Feulner
    Even those of us who have worked in Washington for many years and become accustomed to the inner workings of government can still be amazed by what lurks behind the curtain sometimes. Case in point: the Environmental Protection Agency.Most Americans have at least heard of the EPA, even if they have only a dim notion of what the agency actually does. It tends to skate along under the radar, unless something unusual happens, such as the toxic spill that turned the Colorado’s Animas River orange last August. Of course, what really made the spill unusual is that the EPA itself caused it.Otherwise, Americans don’t hear...
  • Kentucky Man Had Right to Shoot Down Drone, Judge Rules

    10/29/2015 6:53:40 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 69 replies
    webpronews ^ | October 28, 2015
    Back in July, a Hillview, Kentucky man shot down a drone that was flying over his property. He was arrested and charged with criminal mischief and wanton endangerment for destroying the $1,800 unmanned aerial vehicle. Now, a judge has cleared him of all charges. William Meridith, 47, said his right to privacy made it ok to shoot down his neighbor's drone. The owner of the drone said he was simply flying it to get aerial images of another neighbor's house. Meredith told WDRB about the incident: "Sunday afternoon, the kids-my girls-were out on the back deck, and the neighbors were...
  • She Kills People From 7,850 Miles Away

    10/20/2015 11:03:14 AM PDT · by mojito · 71 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 10/18/2015 | Kevin Maurer
    ...Anne, an Air Force staff sergeant, was—and still is—a remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) sensor operator or “sensor.” At Creech, she is assigned to a reconnaissance squadron flying missions over Iraq and Afghanistan. Few weapons in the American arsenal are more relentless than the RPA fleet, often called drones. For more than a decade, the United States has flown RPAs over Afghanistan and Iraq, providing forces on the ground with an eye in the sky to spot terrorists and insurgents, and in most cases the firepower to destroy them. As she rode to work, Anne—or “Sparkle” as she’s known to her...
  • FAA to Require Recreational Drone Operators to Register

    10/19/2015 12:06:46 PM PDT · by McGruff · 38 replies
    NBC News ^ | OCT 19 2015 | KEITH WAGSTAFF
    The FAA announced on Monday that recreational drone operators will be required to register their aircraft. "There can be no accountability if the person breaking the rules can't be identified," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx during a press conference. A task force of more than two dozen people will be responsible for creating guidelines for the national registry by November 20, with the goal of instilling the program before the end of the holiday season, when around 1 million drones are expected to be sold.
  • U.S. Will Require Drones to Be Registered

    10/16/2015 5:46:25 PM PDT · by McGruff · 116 replies
    NBC News ^ | October 16, 2015
    The federal government will announce a new plan requiring anyone buying a drone to register the device with the U.S. Department of Transportation, NBC news has learned. The government has been concerned about the rise in close calls between unmanned drones and aircraft flying into and out of some of the nation's biggest airports. The plan is expected to be announced Monday. In July, there was a dangerously close encounter between a drone and a passenger jet with 159 people aboard setting up to land at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport.
  • Self repairing city: Robots and drones made in Leeds to repair potholes and street lights

    10/17/2015 8:42:39 AM PDT · by rktman · 9 replies
    yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/ ^ | 10/16/2015 | unknown
    SCIENTISTS at Leeds University are to create new robots and drones to help fix street lights and potholes as part of an ambitious plan to create “self-repairing cities.” Academics are leading a pioneering Ł4.2m national research project to develop small robots which can identify problems with utility pipes, street lights and roads and fix them.
  • US ambassador to Pakistan met with Code Pink, discussed ‘classified’ drone casualty counts

    11/05/2012 4:23:39 PM PST · by chessplayer · 12 replies
    Richard Hoagland, the acting U.S. ambassador to Pakistan, discussed with Code Pink and anti-Israel activists what he said was classified information, during an October 3 meeting with the groups in Islamabad. Code Pink, a liberal anti-war organization known for disrupting Republican and conservative public events, uploaded a video of the meeting to an Internet video sharing website on Oct. 5. Realizing what he had said, Hoagland told the activist gathering: “I probably just, you know, got into big trouble with what I just said.”
  • Anti-drone shoulder rifle lets police take control of UAVs with radio pulses

    10/15/2015 10:35:33 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 36 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | 10/14/2015 | Kelly Hodgkins
    While some homeowners are turning to shotguns to deal with unwanted drones, federal agencies and law enforcement lack the necessary technology to deal with this increasing menace. However, thanks to Battelle Innovations and its new DroneDefender, law enforcement now has an anti-drone system designed to disable a drone without blasting it out the sky.The new DroneDefender uses radio pulses to disable a hostile drone within a 400-meter radius. These pulses interrupt the communications system of the drone, making it think it is out of range. The drone’s safety protocols then kick in, forcing it to either hover, return to its...
  • EPA Spends $75 Million to Equip 200 Special Agents With Drones, Night Vision Goggles, Guns

    10/14/2015 9:10:20 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 59 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 10/14/15 | Jim Hoft
    The Obama administration is spending $75 million a year arming EPA special agents with drones, night vision goggles, guns and assault ships. The EPA special force was formed to take out US polluters. The Spectator reported: "According to a report released last week by a watchdog group called Open the Books, the EPA has spent millions of dollars recently on guns, ammo, body armor, camouflage equipment, and even night-vision goggles to arm its agents in the war on polluters. The Illinois-based investigative group examined thousands of checks totaling more than $93 billion from 2000 to 2014 by the EPA, and...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Russian jets 'intercept' US predator drones over Syria, officials say

    10/08/2015 12:14:20 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 10 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 2015 October 07 | Lucas Tomlinson, Jennifer Griffin
    Russian fighter jets shadowed U.S. predator drones on at least three separate occasions high above Syria since the start of Russia's 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. U.S. officials tell Fox...
  • Ascension Parish resident shoots down neighbor’s drone, says wife felt like it was watching her

    10/07/2015 8:31:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 33 replies
    The Advocate ^ | October 6, 2015 | Ellyn Couvillion
    An Ascension Parish man hunting squirrels on his property Monday shot down a neighbor’s drone that had been flying over his home for several months, making his wife feel as though she was being watched. Aaron Hernandez, the owner of the drone, which was outfitted with a camera, said Tuesday he was flying his $1,200 remote-controlled quadcopter, which he got as a Christmas present last year, at his father’s home in a rural area off La. 936 early Monday evening when his neighbor shot it, disabling it at first, leaving it hovering in the sky.
  • Drone strikes in Pakistan (President Drone Bomba Responsible for Nearly 5 Times as Many Drone St

    10/03/2015 8:55:15 PM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 5 replies
    Wikipedia ^ | Wikipedia
    US Drone Strike Statistics estimate according to the New America Foundation (as of 25 December 2013).] Year Attacks Casualties Militants Civilians Unknown Total 2004 1 3 2 2 7 2005 3 5 6 4 15 2006 2 1 93 0 94 2007 4 51 0 12 63 2008 36 223 28 47 298 477 Bush             2009 54 387 70 92 549 2010 122 788 16 45 849 2011 73 420 62 35 517 2012 48 268 5 33 306 2013 26 145 4 4 153 2,374 Obama
  • Volvo to build bin collecting robots

    09/17/2015 11:58:12 PM PDT · by Vision Thing · 5 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 17 Sep 2015 | Ian Douglas
    Volvo has a vision about rubbish. They want to replace bin collectors with autonomous robots, and they want to do it by summer 2016. (snip) The drones will accompany a dustcart, itself developed by another partner, the recycling company Renova, with a single driver who would sit, clean and at ease, in his or her cab as the robots do the dirty heavy lifting. The driver would not have direct control over the drones, but would act as their supervisor. (snip) The image that accompanies the announcement of the project shows robots that look like a cross between a Segway...
  • Russia Building Nuclear-Armed Drone Submarine

    09/08/2015 8:01:54 AM PDT · by lbryce · 39 replies
    WASHINGTON Beacon ^ | September 8, 2015 | Bill Gertz
    Russia is building a drone submarine to deliver large-scale nuclear weapons against U.S. harbors and coastal cities, according to Pentagon officials. The developmental unmanned underwater vehicle, or UUV, when deployed, will be equipped with megaton-class warheads capable of blowing up key ports used by U.S. nuclear missile submarines, such as Kings Bay, Ga., and Puget Sound in Washington state. Details of the secret Russian nuclear UUV program remain closely held within the U.S. government. The Pentagon, however, has code-named the drone “Kanyon,” an indication that the weapon is a structured Russian arms program. The nuclear drone submarine is further evidence...
  • U.S. sends in drones against ISIS

    09/02/2015 7:23:27 AM PDT · by rktman · 16 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 9/2/2015 | Cheryl Chumley
    The CIA and JSOC have been quietly sending in the drones against ISIS.
  • 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 School’s 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 turbine’s flat surface, with views of Narragansett Bay in the background. The footage was posted online this week.
  • First State Legalizes Taser Drones for Cops, Thanks to a Lobbyist

    08/26/2015 6:36:39 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 32 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 08/26/2015 | Justin Glawe
    It is now legal for law enforcement in North Dakota to fly drones armed with everything from Tasers to tear gas thanks to a last-minute push by a pro-police lobbyist. With all the concern over the militarization of police in the past year, no one noticed that the state became the first in the union to allow police to equip drones with “less than lethal” weapons. House Bill 1328 wasn’t drafted that way, but then a lobbyist representing law enforcement—tight with a booming drone industry—got his hands on it. The bill’s stated intent was to require police to obtain a...
  • 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...
  • You Can Now Buy Shotgun Shells Designed Specifically For Shooting Down Drones

    08/19/2015 1:13:56 PM PDT · by KneelBeforeZod · 64 replies
    Popular Photography ^ | Aug 19, 2015 | Popular Photography
    I’ll say this right here at the beginning: Shooting a drone out of the sky is probably a bad idea. But, if you’re dead set on taking down one of those unmanned flying camera copters, Snake River Shooting Products makes a shotgun shell made for that specific purpose. The packaging says, “Prepare for the drone apocalypse!” which is either a joke or a really alarmist thing to make people feel paranoid. The shells are full of #2 steel shot, which is rather big, meaning that hitting a drone from a reasonable range with one of these would likely reduce it...
  • The Media War on Drones

    08/18/2015 4:21:36 PM PDT · by MeganC · 9 replies
    Myself ^ | 8/18/2015 | Megan C
    The last few weeks I've noticed a new fad or trend in the media and that's reporting on the 'dangers' of so-called drones (which are actually just RC helicopters). In each case there's been some sort of breathtaking disaster that *almost* happened or else a disaster was blamed on a drone. Like the fire in California that burned so fast it overtook traffic on an Interstate highway and a bunch of cars were burned. So the fire burned so fast that cars going 70mph couldn't get away but someone had the time to unpack, set up, and fly a drone...
  • Report: Top secret Clinton emails covered drones

    08/14/2015 6:26:53 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 14, 2015 | Jesse Byrnes
    The two “top secret" emails under review from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private server include discussion of an article about a U.S. drone operation, the Associated Press reported Friday. While the U.S. drone program has been widely reported on, the article references classified information and a Clinton adviser follows up "in a way that could possibly be inferred as confirmation," the AP said, citing intelligence officials. Officials offered the AP different accounts of the second email, saying it could improperly acknowledge classified information or merely show that different individuals separately got the same information. Clinton, now a Democratic...
  • 2 airliners have 100-foot near miss with drone above New York (JFK)

    08/01/2015 10:29:37 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 31 replies
    CNN ^ | August 1, 2015 | Joshua Berlinger
    Two airplanes flying near one of the nation's busiest airports each came within 100 feet of a drone on Friday, according to audio from each flight's radio calls. The first, JetBlue Flight 1843, reported spotting a drone at 2:24 p.m. while approaching John F. Kennedy International Airport, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. In the audio recording, the cockpit says that the drone passed just below the planes nose when the jet was flying at an altitude of about 800 to 900 feet. Then at about 5 p.m., Delta Flight 407 -- which had 154 people on board -- was...
  • Hillview man arrested for shooting down drone; cites right to privacy

    07/29/2015 7:19:24 AM PDT · by Rodamala · 67 replies
    WDRB.com ^ | July 28, 2015 | Ryan Cummings
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Hillview man has been arrested after he shot down a drone flying over his property -- but he's not making any apologies for it. It happened Sunday night at a home on Earlywood Way, just south of the intersection between Smith Lane and Mud Lane in Bullitt County, according to an arrest report. Hillview Police say they were called to the home of 47-year-old William H. Merideth after someone complained about a firearm. When they arrived, police say Merideth told them he had shot down a drone that was flying over his house. The drone...