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  • New book: Trump told CIA, 'We should make the bombs silent so they can’t get away'

    09/19/2018 2:44:09 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 85 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/19/18 | Ellen Mitchell
    President Trump in his first full day as commander-in-chief reportedly asked CIA officials if they could fully silence the bombs used in drone strikes. Trump, shown highlights of successful Predator drone strikes during his first visit to CIA headquarters a day after he was inaugurated, noticed in one video that a group of militants had spread out right before an attack. “Can they hear the bombs coming? We should make the bombs silent so they can’t get away,” he told officials, according to an excerpt of "The Apprentice: Trump, Russia and the Subversion of American Democracy” published by The Washington...
  • Autonomous killer drones begin patrolling the Great Barrier Reef

    09/04/2018 7:52:27 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    The starfish feeds on native coral that call the reef home -- and they are key to the reef's ecology. No coral, no reef and so the starfish must be destroyed. In 2015, researchers at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) unveiled the technology known as the Crown-Of-Thorns Starfish robot (COTSbot) to deal with the threat. When deployed, the autonomous robot was able to seek out crown-of-thorns starfish (with 99 percent accuracy) and inject them with a chemical cocktail that causes them to break out in nasty blisters and eventually die. Now, that same research team has unveiled RangerBot, the...
  • 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...
  • Facebook pulls the plug on its Aquila internet drone

    06/27/2018 2:08:32 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    engadget ^ | Jon Fingas
    Of course, it doesn't help that Facebook's development process has been rocky. Its Aquila drone crash-landed in 2016 after misjudging the wind during an automated landing procedure, and it didn't successfully land until June 2017. It doesn't help that the company initially downplayed the crash as a "structural failure" that made it appear as if the flight ended relatively smoothly. Combine that with runway challenges (it wanted to use Virgin Galactic's fledgling spaceport but had to settle for dirt, for example) and the Aquila program faced an uphill battle. It's a symbolic blow to the company, which has been competing...
  • Fitch - The First Autonomous Casting Drone

    06/25/2018 3:25:19 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 10 replies
    Fitch (Fishing Gear) ^ | 25 June 2018
    Fitch enables you to cast thousands of feet away. With enhanced casting distance you’ll reach more fish in a much wider fishing arena. [Unfortunately, the video seems to be enabled only on Facebook]
  • Project Wing returning to Virginia to test appetite for real world drone delivery service

    06/16/2018 11:54:51 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Roanoke Times ^ | June 14, 2018 | Jacob Demmitt
    Backyards around Virginia — possibly in Wise, Loudoun, Montgomery and Roanoke counties — are poised to serve as the next proving grounds for drone delivery technology, as Google’s sister company prepares to return stateside after nearly a year of testing in Australia. But this time Project Wing says the experiments are less about whether or not it has the ability to airdrop deliveries onto your lawn in a matter of minutes — it already knows it can do that. The question now: Do people want it? “The reality is the technology has come a long way. We’ve done extensive testing,...
  • The most important delivery breakthrough since Amazon Prime

    05/22/2018 12:08:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    CNBC's Disruptor 50 ^ | May 22, 2018 | Sara Salinas
    •Drone start-up Zipline International conducts up to 500 drone flights a day, delivering packages accurately and without damage. •Zipline recently launched the world's fastest commercial drone. •The packages it delivers are blood bags for hard-to-reach areas in Rwanda, but Zipline's experience puts it ahead of tech giants like Amazon and Google that are also experimenting with drones for shipping....
  • WATCH: Circling US Drones Bombard Taliban Column Near Farah, Afghanistan

    05/17/2018 3:29:21 PM PDT · by Eddie01 · 32 replies
    Sput ^ | 17.05.2018 | staff
    As battle rages near the important city of Farah in western Afghanistan, the US military has released footage of drone strikes killing large numbers of Taliban fighters in support of Afghan army efforts to push the Islamist group from the city. The US Air Force's new MQ-9 Reaper drones killed about 28 Taliban fighters Wednesday, Task and Purpose reports, revealing the carnage in footage posted on the US Forces Afghanistan Twitter account. The drones circled the battlefield from far overhead, striking Taliban forces in conjunction with the Afghan Air Force, which used its new A-29 Super Tocano ground attack aircraft...
  • Why Is A Government Drone Flying Over A Sacramento Neighborhood?

    05/17/2018 12:51:40 PM PDT · by Mariner · 42 replies
    CBS Sacramento ^ | May 17th, 2018 | Unattributed
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Neighbors say they’re furious over a drone that’s flying over the neighborhood, and we’ve found out it’s tied to a government agency not many people have even heard of. The mysterious drone has been spotted during late-night hours, hovering over residential neighborhoods and looking down on homes. John Mattox first spotted the mysterious drone about a month ago. “The drone would fly over here, come over my neighbor’s house, fly over our house right here,” he said. “You come home from work, it would be operating, go to bed it was still operating, and this would repeat...
  • 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...
  • UK drones in Syria using controversial 'vacuum' bombs

    05/03/2018 1:59:14 PM PDT · by BeadCounter · 24 replies
    Middle East Eye ^ | 3 May 2018 | Will Horner
    Britain's defence ministry have acknowledged using controversial thermobaric missiles in Syria that rights groups have described as "indiscriminate". Royal Air Force drones used the weapons, often called "vacuum" bombs because they suck oxygen into the powerful blast, against targets in Syria in January and February of this year, an FOI request sent by Drone Wars UK, a campaign group, has revealed. The missiles work by sucking in oxygen from the environment to create a high-temperature explosion with an extremely powerful blast radius. Unlike conventional explosives that cause injuries through shrapnel, the blast effect of thermobaric weapons causes internal organ damage...
  • ‘It’s OK to shoot down drones’, say Swiss legal experts

    04/15/2018 12:28:59 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies ^ | 13 April 2018 11:05 CEST+02:00
    If a drone is invading your personal privacy, you are entitled to shoot it down and aren’t liable for damages, according to new findings by Swiss lawyers. Drones are increasingly popular with private individuals in Switzerland for recreational use and to take aerial videos, but the remote-controlled craft can also be used by for spying on individuals or taking unauthorized photos — for example of people sunbathing on their balcony. Until now, legal opinion has held that victims of drone surveillance cannot defend themselves; but Basel lawyers Jascha Schneider-Marfels and Sebastian Kaufmann say that according to their interpretation of the...
  • Trump To CIA: Why Didn’t You Blow Up That Jihadi While He Was At Home With His Family?

    04/06/2018 12:55:46 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/06/2018 | Allahpundit
    I don’t know why some people (mostly in the media) seem surprised. This is the counterterrorism equivalent of our erupting trade war with China in the sense that, however controversial and foolhardy the policy may be, POTUS made his support for it perfectly plain during the campaign. And I don’t mean in some niche radio interview at the time that maybe 100,000 people listened to. I mean onstage at a Republican primary debate aired on Fox News. His famous comment about getting the military to obey illegal orders was inspired by this very subject. Remember? Turns out when he...
  • In the Wall Street Journal, Stephen Meyer Proposes an Intelligent Design for National Defense

    04/04/2018 12:34:00 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Evolution News and Science Today ^ | 04/02.2018 | David Klinghoffer
    Against the backdrop of an upcoming presidential meeting with Korea’s Kim Jong Un, Discovery Institute’s Stephen Meyer has a striking proposal. Writing with Arthur Herman in the Wall Street Journal, he concisely argues for a cheap and technologically very attainable alternative to waiting passively to see what comes of North Korea’s growing ICBM collection.Yes, this is Steve Meyer of Darwin’s Doubt and Signature in the Cell fame. Herman and Meyer argue for the use of drones to intercept missiles at boost phase: Our existing ground-based missile-defense systems are designed to intercept intercontinental ballistic missiles during the later phases of flight....
  • Raytheon Technology successfully tests high-power microwave capabilities against drones

    03/23/2018 8:11:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Homeland Preparedness News ^ | 03/23/2018 | Kevin Randolph
    Raytheon Technology recently participated in a Maneuver Fires Integrated Experiment (MFIX) at the U.S. Army Fires Center of Excellence, in which its advanced high-power microwave and laser dune buggy engaged and destroyed 45 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).Raytheon’s high-power microwave system engaged multiple UAV swarms, downing 33 drones, two and three at a time. “The speed and low cost per engagement of directed energy is revolutionary in protecting our troops against drones,” Dr. Thomas Bussing, Raytheon Advanced Missile Systems vice president, said. “We have spent decades perfecting the high-power microwave system, which may soon give our military a significant advantage against...
  • Carlo Ratti Associati Designs First Smart Highway System in Italy

    02/01/2018 10:08:09 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    Architect Magazine ^ | January 31, 2018 | Ayda Ayoubi
    International design and innovation firm Carlo Ratti Associati (CRA) is collaborating with ANAS, an Italian government-owned road construction and maintenance company, to design a smart highway system that will stretch across more than 1,500 miles of roads and highways in Italy. Dubbed ANAS Smart Road, the project aims to manage the traffic and enhance road safety, according to a firm release. The system will utilize drones and "flying poles"—a series of grounded smart poles that are equipped with sensors and in-motion Wi-Fi connectivity. The drones can take on various tasks, ranging from "monitoring tunnels, viaducts, or other remote pieces of...
  • Teamsters Tell UPS: No Drones or Driverless Trucks

    01/24/2018 5:32:53 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 53 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 24, 2018 | Paul Ziobro
    The Teamsters union wants to prohibit United Parcel Service Inc. from using drones or driverless vehicles to deliver packages. That was one of the labor union’s initial demands as it kicked off high-stakes contract talks with UPS this week. The Teamsters also want the parcel giant to eliminate late-night deliveries and add another 10,000 workers to the ranks, among other things. The two sides are starting to negotiate one of the largest collective bargaining agreements in the U.S., which covers around 260,000 UPS employees and expires in July. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters’ National Negotiating Committee this week submitted to...
  • Jy018 Drone/Vanity

    01/12/2018 12:23:14 PM PST · by Allen In Texas Hill Country · 9 replies
    Been thinking about buying a drone to play with for the last 2 or more years. Probably have posted a query here more than once. So I ran across the JY018 and was wunderin' if anybody else read about it or even if has one? I don't have a smart phone. Tried one and it didn't make me smarter . :<(( I do have a Samsung Galaxy 3 tablet. The reason I say this is because one needs an RC device to control it and I don't know if the Samsung can do it.
  • Who is attacking Russia’s bases in Syria? A new mystery emerges in the war.

    01/10/2018 11:55:07 AM PST · by Seizethecarp · 22 replies
    WaPo ^ | January 10, 2018 | Liz Sly
    A series of mysterious attacks against the main Russian military base in Syria, including one conducted by a swarm of armed miniature drones, has exposed Russia’s continued vulnerability in the country despite recent claims of victory by President Vladimir Putin. The attacks have also spurred a flurry of questions over who may be responsible for what amounts to the biggest military challenge yet to Russia’s role in Syria, just when Moscow is seeking to wind its presence down. In the most recent and unusual of the attacks, more than a dozen armed drones descended from an unknown location onto Russia’s...
  • Russia foils massive attack on its Syrian bases by electronically “controlling” 6 drones

    01/08/2018 3:31:43 PM PST · by Diogenesis · 21 replies
    Debka ^ | Jan 8, 2018
    Russia foils massive attack on its Syrian bases by electronically “controlling” 6 drones, downing seven The Defense Ministry in Moscow revealed on Monday, Jan. 8: A massive terrorist drone attack on Russian military and naval bases in Syria was thwarted by electronic measures and anti-air weapon fire. The statement said that overnight on Jan. 6, Syrian “militants” (terrorists) sent a large swarm of unmanned aerial vehicles to attack Russia’s Tartus Naval base and Khmeimim air base. Russian defenses took control of six drones and its Pantsir-S1 anti-aircraft missile and gun system shot down another seven. .... they used electronic measures...