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  • Apple is reportedly using drones to beat Google Maps

    12/01/2016 10:05:33 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 16 replies
    The Verge ^ | 12/01/16 | Tom Warren
    Apple is reportedly planning to use drones to improve its Maps app and truly compete with Google Maps, following a problematic launch four years ago. Bloomberg News reports that Apple has been building a team of experts in robots and data capture to utilize drones to quickly update maps. Google and Apple both use fleets of cars and vans equipped with cameras, but drones will allow Apple to examine and monitor roads, street signs, construction areas, and more. Apple is said to have hired at least one employee from Amazon’s Air division to help run its own drone team based in Seattle. Alongside the...
  • Report: India Inks $1.4 Billion deal with Israel

    11/29/2016 6:11:30 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    United With Israel ^ | 30/11/16 | Barney Breen-Portnoy
    (Yossi Zeliger/Flash90) Israeli drone Report: India Inks $1.4 Billion Deal for Acquisition of Israeli Radar Systems and Drones Print Email 4 Comments Nov 27, 2016 Related: Drones Indian Air Force Israel Aerospace Industries Israel-India relations Share Tweet Email Next year will mark the 25th anniversary of the 1992 establishment of full diplomatic relations between Israel and India. By: Barney Breen-Portnoy/The Algemeiner India signed a $1.4 billion contract with Israel Aerospace Industries earlier this month for the acquisition of two airborne early warning and control radar systems and ten unmanned aerial vehicles, Air&Cosmos International reported this week. The deal was said...
  • Drone Guidlines

    10/17/2016 9:22:10 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 4 replies
    BIG BROTHER ^ | July 2016 | FAA
    http://www.faa.gov/uas/media/Part_107_Summary.pdf
  • Obama taps veteran of Clinton investigations for chief counsel

    04/22/2014 7:45:53 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 22, 2014 | Justin Sink
    President Obama on Monday said he has selected W. Neil Eggleston to become chief counsel, adding the expertise of a veteran attorney who was involved in some of the most heated legal battles of the Clinton administration. Eggleston, a white-collar defender who is now at Kirkland & Ellis, will replace departing White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler in mid-May. "Neil brings extraordinary expertise, credentials, and experience, to our team," Obama said in a statement. "He has a passion for public service, is renowned for his conscientiousness and foresight, and I look forward to working closely with him in the coming years."...
  • Military Spokesman: ISIS Now Putting IEDs on Drones

    10/13/2016 4:03:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | October 13, 2016 | 8:04 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    ISIS previously has used commerical, off-the-shelf drones for surveillance and to deliver ordnance, and now it is is using drones to deliver explosives, Colonel John Dorrian, the spokesman for U.S. military operations in Iraq, told reporters on Wednesday. He confirmed that one enemy drone exploded after it was shot down: We know that there was an improvised device on a on a a drone. And when that was brought back to the camp, it exploded. So, the reason or the way or the manner in which that happened still digging into that. Dorrian said the drones have...
  • U.S. Military Is Building a $100 Million Drone Base in Africa

    10/07/2016 12:15:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Intercept ^ | September 29, 2016 | Nick Turse
    From high above, Agadez almost blends into the cocoa-colored wasteland that surrounds it. Only when you descend farther can you make out a city that curves around an airfield before fading into the desert. Once a nexus for camel caravans hauling tea and salt across the Sahara, Agadez is now a West African paradise for people smugglers and a way station for refugees and migrants intent on reaching Europes shores by any means necessary. Africans fleeing unrest and poverty are not, however, the only foreigners making their way to this town in the center of Niger. U.S. military documents reveal...
  • Drone can save drowning swimmers in less than a minute

    09/08/2016 1:12:57 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 27 replies
    9news.com.au ^ | September 8, 2016 | nine.com.au staff
    Aussie surf lifesavers could soon have a new tool in their arsenal to rescue struggling swimmers high-tech drones. A new drone has been trialled in Spain which can save drowning bathers in less than a minute.
  • WATCH: Breathtaking Drone Footage Captures Whales Playing Below Boat

    09/07/2016 9:01:10 PM PDT · by rockinqsranch · 19 replies
    gcaptain ^ | September 7, 2016 | unknown to me
    Video of three whales below, and around a sportfishing boat off New Caledonia.
  • Jund al Aqsa uses drone to drop small bomb on Syrian regime forces

    09/03/2016 6:26:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    Long War Journal's Threat Matrix ^ | September 2, 2016 | Thomas Joscelyn
    Jund al Aqsa, an al Qaeda front group in Syria, has released a video showing one of its small drones dropping a bomb on Syrian regime forces in Hama province. The unguided bomb doesnt appear to have been especially effective, but the video is noteworthy because it documents the Sunni jihadis further experimentation with explosives. Irans chief terrorist proxy, Hezbollah, was reportedly an early adopter of drones for use in its operations. Over the past year, Al Qaeda-linked groups and others have increasingly used commercial drones and similar technology to record their propaganda videos. The Long War Journal has previously...
  • Hillary Clinton told the FBI she didn't think drone strike plans were classified

    09/02/2016 4:40:21 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 74 replies
    news dot vice ^ | 9-2-16 | Leopold
    Some of the classified information Hillary Clinton discussed in emails sent on her private server appears to have centered around planned drone strikes and attacks against US/NATO soldiers in Afghanistan, according to 58 pages of documents released by the FBI Friday detailing the bureau's investigation into the Democratic presidential candidate's email practices. "After reviewing an email dated [redacted], with subject line [redacted], Clinton stated she did not remember the email specifically. Clinton stated deliberation over a future drone strike did not give her cause for concern regarding classification," the FBI's memorandum said, suggesting that Clinton's responses to specific questions she...
  • Virginia Woman Blasts Drone 'to Smithereens' with Shotgun

    09/01/2016 9:57:26 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 142 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | 8/30/16 | Eric Limer
    "It came over my airspace, 25 or 30 feet above my trees, and hovered for a second. I blasted it to smithereens."​ A woman in Virginia shot down a drone flying near her property in June of this year. It's at least the third time this has happened in the U.S., with previous incidents in Kentucky and Tennessee. Originally reported in the local Fauquier Times and subsequently covered by Ars Technica, the shooter was Jennifer Youngman, a neighbor to actor and director Robert Duvall. She had been cleaning her shotguns on the porch when two men stopped on a nearby...
  • Pizza drones are go! Domino's gets NZ drone delivery OK

    08/25/2016 5:58:07 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 29 replies
    NZ Hearld ^ | 08/25/16 | Holly Ryan
    Aerial pizza delivery may sound futuristic but Domino's has been given the green light to test New Zealand pizza delivery via drones. The fast food chain has partnered with drone business Flirtey to launch the first commercial drone delivery service in the world, starting later this year. Domino's Group chief executive and managing director, Don Meij said the company had been investigating innovative and new delivery methods as business had grown. This included looking at robotic delivery, which the government is still considering. Details around where the trial would be held have been kept under wraps - however Domino's said...
  • CNN Launches Drone Operations To Film Americans

    08/18/2016 10:23:02 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 25 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 08/18/16 | Steve Guest
    According to a press release provided to The Daily Caller, Terence Burke, senior vice president of national news, said that CNNs cutting-edge development of technology to enhance the way we tell stories is a part of our DNA. We are proud to continue the tradition with CNN AIR, and to establish a unit that will expand our technological capabilities for newsgathering. CNN has formed the first media-related research partnership with the Georgia Tech Research Institute and will be in a direct research agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration. According to the press release, in 2015, CNN was selected by the...
  • Drones offer birds-eye glimpse of Md. ghost fleet (Videos)

    08/17/2016 5:18:00 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 18 replies
    WTOP News (Washington DC) ^ | August 17, 2016 6:44 pm | Tiffany Arnold
    Chesapeake Conservancy and Terrain360 are using drones to give a birds-eye tour of historic shipwrecks in an inaccessible zone of the Potomac River. WASHINGTON Theres a corner of the Potomac River known as Mallows Bay that is teeming with sunken vessels, what has been described as a ghost fleet of more than 100 wrecked ships. You dont even have to go beneath the rivers surface to get a good view of these ships. In fact, you dont even have to leave your computer chair, thanks to the Chesapeake Conservancys latest effort. Through the use of drones, the Annapolis-based...
  • U.S. Drones Record ISIS Fighters Fleeing Manbij in Northern Syria

    08/13/2016 7:58:25 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 25 replies
    NYT (Slimey Edition) ^ | August 13, 2016 | ROD NORDLAND and ERIC SCHMITT
    American military drones monitored Islamic State militants loading up hundreds of cars, buses and trucks with fighters and civilians and fleeing the city of Manbij, Syria, on Friday, as Syrian rebels advanced and the extremists lost yet another stronghold. On Wednesday, the Libyan city of Surt, held by the Islamic State for more than a year, also fell to pro-government militiamen, and the militants lost the headquarters from which they had ruled more than 150 miles of Libyan coastline. The two new victories against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, could have a significant effect on the...
  • Video: Eagles in Training to Take Out Drones

    08/09/2016 6:14:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    OutdoorHub ^ | 8/8/16
    Whether you are a fan of drones or not, one fact remains the same: the drone is here to stay. Considering the many positive things for which they can be used, it makes sense to welcome such possibilities. However, with pluses come minuses, and not every drone operator is going to have good intentions at heart. Due to the small percentage of people who enjoy behaving badly, it has become necessary to have plans in place to quickly and efficiently resolve drone-related issues. Although there are a few options for grounding a rogue drone, the Dutch National Police are taking...
  • Newly released US drone policy explains how targets can be chosen

    08/07/2016 4:34:59 PM PDT · by Enchante · 10 replies
    CNN ^ | August 6, 2016 | Kevin Bohn
    The policy document, known as the President Policy Guidance, or PPG, says counterterrorism operations, including lethal action against designated terrorist targets, "shall be discriminating and precise as reasonably possible" and says "direct action" against "high value targets" "will be taken only when there is near certainty that the individual being targeted is, in fact, the lawful target and located at the place where the action will occur."
  • Spying on big bucks - benefits of Drones?

    08/03/2016 9:04:57 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 11 replies
    Cal Sportsman ^ | 8/3/2016 | A Comstock
    Drones have caused quite a stir in the hunting world with how they are used. Drones can be a great tool for deer hunting. Watch this video to see some awesome drone footage spying on bucks. While drones can be a very useful scouting tool in the summer to simply scout properties, they are starting to be outlawed by many states to be used during hunting season. Drones can cause problems with ethics if used incorrectly or illegally. If a drone is used in the wrong way, they can be a non ethical tool. When used the right way, you...
  • ATTACK OF THE DRONES Fears ISIS could use drones for terror bombings in Britain (tr)

    07/29/2016 8:53:50 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 17 replies
    The Sun ^ | 29th July 2016 | CRAIG WOODHOUSE
    Ex-security minister Admiral Lord West says it would be 'even easier' to use the toys as weapons here than the Middle East. Foreign Office minister Baroness Anelay said there was growing proof that Daesh militants are converting the popular toys into weapons in their Middle East heartlands. A NATO chemical weapons expert also claimed the killer drones could be fitted with World War I mustard gas.
  • Study: Common pesticide appears to reduce live bee sperm

    07/26/2016 10:02:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 26, 2016 8:10 PM EDT | Seth Borenstein
    A new study finds that a commonly used insecticide kills much of the sperm created by male drone honey bees, one reason why the bees are dwindling. The class of insecticide called neonicotinoids didnt kill the drones. But bees that ate treated pollen produced 39 percent less live sperm than those that didnt, according to a controlled experiment by Swiss researchers published Wednesday in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. It essentially acted as an accidental contraceptive on the drones, whose main job is to mate with the queen but not one that prevented complete reproduction, just...
  • Drone over N. Israel: Iranian with stolen US apps

    07/19/2016 3:06:55 AM PDT · by Diogenesis · 11 replies
    DEBKAfile Exclusive Report ^ | July 19, 2016, 9:03 AM (IDT)
    Drone over N. Israel: Iranian with stolen US apps [.... from Obama, Hillary and Kerry] The UMV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) that flew on July 17 over northern Israel was a Yasir drone made in Iran that was launched from a Hizballah base in Syrias Qalamoun Mountains, some 60km from central Golan. This is reported by debkafile military and intelligence sources. The Yaasir can reach an altitude of 5,000 feet, operate in a 200km radius and stay aloft for 8 hours. .... exceptional maneuverability, unlike most drones, due it is believed to the advanced US electronic systems installed by reverse engineering...
  • White House Impeded Benghazi Probe, Republicans on Panel Say

    06/28/2016 7:52:08 AM PDT · by milton23 · 91 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 6/28/2016 | Sharyl Attkisson
    The U.S. military response was perplexingly inadequate Sept. 11, 2012, the night Americans were attacked by Islamist terrorists in Benghazi, Libya. Thats one overarching conclusion reached by two leading Republicans on the House Select Committee on Benghazi after an investigation lasting a year and a half. Until now the administration has led us to believe the military did not have assets, men, or machines close enough or ready enough to arrive in Benghazi in time to save lives, Reps. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Mike Pompeo, R-Kansas, write. An asset that could have made a difference would have been armed drones....
  • Report: Pentagon Official Said to Be Helping Dems Block Benghazi Revelations

    06/23/2016 9:47:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    newsmax ^ | 6/23/16 | Cathy Burke
    A drone operator's classified testimony reportedly gives credence to allegations that Democrats and a Pentagon political appointee tried to stonewall efforts of the GOP-led House Benghazi Select Committee to question witnesses. Lawnews.com writer Chris White on Thursday posted a summary from Benghazi committee head Rep. Trey Gowdy on the June testimony from "John from Iowa," who called into Sean Hannitys radio program in 2013 and said he'd been a drone sensor operator the night of the deadly Sept. 11, 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic outpost. "This drone sensor operator confirmed details the committee learned at the same time [the...
  • Inside the Legal Challenge to the FAAs Drone Registry

    06/22/2016 6:44:34 AM PDT · by milton23 · 40 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 6/21/2016 | Jason Snead & John-Michael Seibler
    Last December, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rushed an arbitrary and ineffectual recreational drone-owners registry into effect, mere days before Christmas and just in time to criminalize the flying of toys by thousands of children and hobbyists. The agency has potentially roped those toys under its definition of aircraft for purposes of all aircraft regulation as well. Following this bureaucratic overreach, a hobby drone operator who happens to be a lawyer, John Taylor, filed suit in the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, challenging the registry.
  • SitRep: U.S. Diplos Slam Obama Syria Policy; JSOC and CIA Team Up On Drones

    06/17/2016 7:27:17 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 6/17/16 | [Foreign Policy Magazine] Paul McLeary and Adam Rawnsley
    Diplomatic revolt. Over 50 U.S. diplomats have signed an internal State Department memo sharply critical of the Obama administrations Syria policy, in which they call for airstrikes against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The memo says Washingtons Syria policy has been overwhelmed by the continuing slaughter of civilians in Syria, and demands a judicious use of stand-off and air weapons, which would undergird and drive a more focused and hard-nosed U.S.-led diplomatic process. The memo, sent along an established dissent channel within State that allows officials to vent frustrations and suggest changes in policy, would flip the existing...
  • He Flew a Drone to Take Photos for a Friend. Now Hes Facing $55K in Government Fines.

    06/13/2016 4:15:03 AM PDT · by milton23 · 17 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 6/12/2016 | Melissa Quinn
    Mical Caterina is addicted. When the Minnesota man turned 56, he headed to Brainerd International Raceway and raced his Mini Cooper on its road course. With GoPro cameras fastened to the front and back bumpers of his car, he created a video and posted it to YouTube. That got the attention of GoPro, which invited him to a seminar where he was given a drone, a Phantom manufactured by the Chinese company DJI. Caterina was instantly hooked.
  • First U.S. testing of a man-carrying drone planned for later this year in Nevada

    06/11/2016 7:06:59 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 32 replies
    ZME Science ^ | June 8, 2016 | Elaine Kauh
    First U.S. testing of a man-carrying drone planned for later this year in Nevada Alexandru Micu June 8, 2016 The Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems has granted permission to Chinese drone company EHang to test its on-demand, passenger-carrying aerial vehicle inside state boundaries. This marks the first time a passenger-carrying drone has ever been tested anywhere in the United States. Chinese company EHang received testing rights for its EHang 184 model inside the state of Nevada on Monday, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. The vehicle is an autonomous human sized drone, which EHang was very happy to hail as the...
  • Emails in Clinton Probe Dealt With Planned Drone Strikes

    06/09/2016 8:10:46 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 35 replies
    WSJ ^ | June 9, 2016 | By ADAM ENTOUS and DEVLIN BARRETT
    At the center of a criminal probe involving Hillary Clintons handling of classified information is a series of emails between American diplomats in Islamabad and their superiors in Washington about whether to oppose specific drone strikes in Pakistan. The 2011 and 2012 emails were sent via the low sidegovernment slang for a computer system for unclassified mattersas part of a secret arrangement that gave the State Department more of a voice in whether a Central Intelligence Agency drone strike went ahead, according to congressional and law-enforcement officials briefed on the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe. Some of the emails were...
  • 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 shouldnt 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 Isnt 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 doesnt often come up is the sun being blocked out by a horde of drone advertising blimps. But that hasnt 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 aircraftuseful when you want to advertise to peopleand one that wont 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 celebritys 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...