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  • Air Defense: Laser Iron Beam For Israel

    11/08/2015 6:56:31 AM PST · by fella · 12 replies
    Strategy Page ^ | November 4, 2015
    Israel is offering for sale a laser weapon that can shoot down artillery and mortar shells as well as rockets and small UAVs. Called Iron Beam it has a range of 2,000 meters and is expected to enter service in Israel by the end of 2015. There is a lot of action on Israeli borders for a system like Iron Beam and it will soon become evident if Iron Beam is the first effective laser air defense weapon or not. Each Iron Beam firing unit consists of a radar and control system and two lasers. These three elements can be...
  • 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, we’ll have swarms of drones, communicating to each other and surrounding environment, like a mobile network of connected robots. Passed...
  • India's Modi reportedly expedites purchase of 10 missile-armed drones from Israel

    09/11/2015 5:55:21 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki
    India is the latest country that has reportedly purchased Israeli drones, following reports earlier this week of similar purchases from both Russia and Switzerland. The Indian government approved the purchase from Israel last week of 10 missile armed Heron TP drones, Indian news outlet The Economic Times reported on Friday. The report noted that the acquisition of the drones, produced by Israel Aerospace Industries, was "crucial" and that it would "enhance India's cross-border military strike capability." A senior military source told ET that the project "has been accelerated under directions from the highest levels of government and that armed drones...
  • VIDEO: Chinese Wing Loong UAV carries out weapon drops

    08/25/2015 2:46:35 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Flightglobal.com ^ | August 24, 2015 | BETH STEVENSON
    The state-owned China Central Television (CCTV) news channel has released a previously unseen video of Beijing’s AVIC Wing Loong unmanned air vehicle carrying out weapons testing. Conducted in the autonomous region of Inner Mongolia in northern China in July, the testing saw the UAV fire eight weapon types at targets to show the flexibility of the system, AVIC says. “[UAVs] that can both reconnoitre and attack have to function like this. It is unknown what kinds of targets are on the ground,” Li Yidong, deputy chief engineer of Wing Loong at AVIC’s Chengdu Engines, told CCTV. “You cannot use just...
  • Final flight for the Hunter at Fort Huachuca. ... one of the first Unmanned Aerial Systems

    07/11/2015 8:23:51 AM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Eric Petermann
    More than two decades of history and the memories of pilots who were instrumental in the development of unmanned aerial systems gathered at a small airstrip Friday morning to commemorate the last flight on Fort Huachuca of the Hunter. Developed in the early 1990s, the Hunter UAV was the first of its kind to be deployed in combat, with just 40 people trained in how to take off and land this large, two-propeller aircraft.
  • Russian Forpost Drone Shot Down in Ukraine

    06/13/2015 1:26:25 PM PDT · by Ivan Mazepa · 12 replies
    Bellingcat ^ | June 13, 2015 | Christian Borys
    Shortly after Ukrainian troops captured two Russian Spetsnaz soldiers, a Ukrainian special forces unit of the Dnipro-1 Battalion shot down a $6 million Russian Forpost drone near Avdeevka in Eastern Ukraine. The Russian government was quick to distance itself from the soldiers, and even went so far as to parade their families in front of the media to deny their active status. However, the drone that was shot down that day is not something the Russian government can deny owning and operating... (includes a video)
  • What Will Happen to Truck Stop Towns When Driverless Truck Technology Expands?

    05/19/2015 7:56:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    Route Fifty ^ | May 18, 2015 | Michael Grass
    In just a few years, communities that depend on the trucking industry for their vitality will be facing major economic disruption.Roscoe, Nebraska, is a good place to contemplate how the evolution of long-haul travel can change a community. This unincorporated settlement—some classify Roscoe as a “semi-ghost town”—sits about seven miles east of the city of Ogallala along U.S. 30, which follows the old Lincoln Highway route and before that, various overland migration trails to California, Oregon and Utah. Just off U.S. 30, opposite the Union Pacific freight-rail tracks, there’s an abandoned gas station with its former pump, pictured above, standing...
  • DHS chief: Drones 'an issue' for security in 2016 race

    05/15/2015 12:32:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Hill's Blog Briefing Room ^ | May 15, 2015 | Mark Hensch
    Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Friday that drones will be an issue for federal, state and local security during the 2016 presidential race. Johnson made the comments in response to a question from NBC's Chuck Todd, who asked him whether the Secret Service was "panicked" about the proliferation of drones. Todd said he wondered how it would effect security at outdoor campaign events in 2016. “It is definitely an issue,” Johnson replied on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”He then went into an anecdote about a drone flying over his head at a graduation ceremony. “I was giving a commencement address a...
  • 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...
  • Is Drone Warfare Fraying at the Edges?

    03/05/2015 11:35:55 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 17 replies
    TomDispatch.com ^ | 03/05/2015 | Pratap Chatterjee
    It was a typical little news story on Washington’s drone wars -- six paragraphs from Yemen, the sort of minimalist report that, in these years, has also regularly come out of Pakistan or even, from time to time, Somalia. “A U.S. drone attack in Yemen killed four suspected al-Qaeda militants on Saturday in the southern province of Shabwa, local Yemeni security officials told Reuters.” Who those “militants” really were we seldom know; there’s rarely follow-up in the mainstream media. It’s just another barely noticed mini-triumph in Washington’s ongoing “covert” drone wars in the Greater Middle East. Those wars have been...
  • 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.
  • The threat of drone attacks harming the White House or the president is very, very small

    01/26/2015 12:38:14 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 47 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 26, 2015 | Philip Bump
    At some point Sunday night, someone flew a small drone onto the grounds of the White House. White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters that the drone -- or, to remove the ambiguity of that overly broad term, the small quadcopter -- posed no threat to the building or its inhabitants. The incident raises the question: Could a small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) pose such a threat? To answer that, we need to know the answer to three other questions. How far can a UAV fly? How is it controlled? And: What can it carry? Could a larger drone...
  • Sens. McCain, Flake to attend fort ceremony

    12/13/2014 3:30:09 PM PST · by SandRat · 16 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Herald/Review
    A ribbon-cutting is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 18, at Fort Huachuca to celebrate the creation of a new Unmanned Aerial Vehicle launch and recovery facility at the post. U.S. Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake are scheduled to attend the ceremony, which is being hosted by the 162nd Wing at the fort. The event will begin at 10 a.m. at the facility located at 14606 Air Guard Way. The ceremony will be hosted by the commander of the 162nd Wing, Col. Phil Purcell, and the commander of the 214th Reconnaissance Group, Lt. Col. Bobbi Doorenbos. Brig. Gen. Edward P. Maxwell,...
  • Near-collisions between drones, airliners surge, new FAA reports show

    11/26/2014 6:34:41 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 26, 2014 | Craig Whitlock
    Pilots around the United States have reported a surge in near-collisions and other dangerous encounters with small drones in the past six months at a time when the Federal Aviation Administration is gradually opening the nation’s skies to remotely controlled aircraft, according to FAA records. Since June 1, commercial airlines, private pilots and air-traffic controllers have alerted the FAA to 25 episodes in which small drones came within a few seconds or a few feet of crashing into much larger aircraft, the records show. Many of the close calls occurred during takeoffs and landings at the nation’s busiest airports, presenting...
  • China develops anti-drone laser

    11/03/2014 8:20:26 AM PST · by Seizethecarp · 13 replies
    Xinhua ^ | November 2, 2014 | Unattributed
    China has successfully tested a homemade laser defense system specially targeting small-scale drones flying at low attitude. The machine is able to shoot down various small aircraft within a two-kilometer radius and can do so in five seconds after locating its target, said a statement released Sunday by the China Academy of Engineering Physics, one of the system's co-developers. Characterized by its speed, precision and low noise, the system is designed to destroy unmanned, small-scale drones flying within an altitude of 500-m and at a speed below 50m/s, it said. The new laser system, which will either be installed or...
  • EDF France: Inquiry after drones buzz nuclear sites

    10/31/2014 7:11:22 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 2 replies
    BBC ^ | October 30, 2014 | Unattributed
    An investigation has been launched after France's state-owned EDF power company said unidentified drones had flown over seven of its nuclear plants. The first unmanned aircraft was spotted on 5 October and there had been further sightings up to 20 October, EDF said. Who is behind the drones is unclear but pressure group Greenpeace has denied any involvement. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve says measures are being taken to "neutralise" the drones. Under French law, no aircraft is allowed to enter a 5km-wide (three-mile) zone around a nuclear plant, nor fly below 1,000m (3,300ft) there. The air force is responsible for...
  • NYPD: Threat Of Terrorists With Drones Is A Growing Concern

    10/30/2014 9:08:02 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 11 replies
    CBSNewYork ^ | October 29, 2014 | Jeff Pegues
    Police brass haven’t talked about drones as potential weapons, until now, CBS News correspondent Jeff Pegues reported Wednesday. The NYPD is actively looking for ways to stop an attack by a drone. The department told Pegues there is no intelligence showing an imminent threat, but over the last year the country’s largest police force has been increasingly concerned about a potential terror attack from the air by a drone. “We look at it as something that could be a terrorist’s tool,” Deputy Chief Salvatore DiPace said. “We’ve seen some video where the drone was flying at different targets along the...
  • New Russian drone-carrying corvette advances to keel-laying

    10/15/2014 5:43:51 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    TASS, Russian News Agency ^ | October 15,2014
    Helicopter-type Gorizont drone © ITAR-TASS/Valery Matytsin (archive) MOSCOW, October 15. /TASS/. Ship designers are advancing the blueprint for a new-generation, multi-purpose warship to join Russia’s navy. Features of the planned corvette are still under wraps but the vessel is thought likely to carry a helicopter-type Gorizont drone within its armory. Planners at Russia’s Central Marine Engineering Design Bureau Almaz and United Shipbuilding Corporation expect the keel to be laid next year, possibly at St. Petersburg’s Severny shipyard though it is still unconfirmed. “As technical design is in progress I will not reveal the features of this new vessel but it...
  • A Wearable Camera That Would Turn Into a Drone and Fly Off Your Wrist

    09/26/2014 12:34:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | September 26, 2014 | Kate Knibbs
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Meet Nixie, a wearable camera concept that flies off your wrist and turns into a remote-controlled quadcopter. It's the bizarre-yet-appealing wearable camera drone nobody asked for... and now I kind of want it. Intel is holding a competition to encourage new wearable technology ideas, and the Nixie is one of the finalists. So far, it's still in development, so the flying wristlet camera is rough around the edges. Team captain Christoph Kohstall eventually wants you to be able to send the the Nixie flying with a gesture. It would recognize where you're standing, snap a picture, then return to the...
  • UT Police investigating drone use over DKR

    09/01/2014 11:41:38 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 9 replies
    KXAN ^ | August 31, 2014 | Angie Beavin
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — University of Texas Police are investigating the use of a drone over Darrell K. Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium Saturday night during the Longhorns’ home opener. KXAN’s cameras spotted the drone flying above the stadium. The drone had red and green lights on it. It also had a camera. We weren’t the only ones who spotted it. Police did too. During the second half of the game, officers found the operator of the drone, made him land it and then took the man into custody. The department told KXAN the man was a UT student, and he...
  • Google tests drone deliveries in Project Wing trials

    08/29/2014 7:01:25 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 15 replies
    BBC ^ | August 28, 2014 | Jack Stewart
    Google has built and tested autonomous aerial vehicles, which it believes could be used for goods deliveries. Google said that its long-term goal was to develop drones that could be used for disaster relief by delivering aid to isolated areas. They could be used after earthquakes, floods, or extreme weather events, the company suggested, to take small items such as medicines or batteries to people in areas that conventional vehicles cannot reach. "Even just a few of these, being able to shuttle nearly continuously could service a very large number of people in an emergency situation," explained Astro Teller, Captain...
  • US drones strike Iraq militant mortar team

    08/16/2014 6:08:16 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    Gulf News ^ | August 12, 2014 | AFP
    US drones fired on an Islamic extremist mortar position in northern Iraq on Tuesday to protect Kurdish forces battling to rescue a group of Yazidi civilian refugees, the military said. The so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), the region's most powerful Sunni jihadist group, has driven thousands of members of the Yazidi minority from their homes and is besieging the refugees on an exposed mountain. Last week, the United States launched an air campaign to break the siege of Mount Sinjar, bring humanitarian relief to the Yazidis and support Kurdish troops protecting their capital Arbil. "US military...
  • UCLASS Requirements Shifted To Preserve Navy’s Next Generation Fighter

    08/01/2014 12:43:38 PM PDT · by SZonian · 5 replies
    USNI News ^ | 31 July, 2014 | Dave Majumdar and Sam LaGrone
    Updated: August 1, 2014 11:32 AM The striking power and stealth of the U.S. Navy’s Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) concept was reduced to protect the role of the service’s next-generation of manned fighters, USNI News has learned. In particular, the change in UCLASS from a deep strike stealthy penetrator into the current lightly armed intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) focused aircraft was — in large part — to preserve a manned version of the F/A-XX replacement for the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, several Navy, Pentagon and industry sources confirmed to USNI News. Industry, Pentagon and Navy...
  • Hamas UAV Intercepted over Ashdod

    07/13/2014 9:57:28 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    inn ^ | 7/13/14 | Gil Ronen, Tamar Yonah
    An enemy Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), apparently laden with explosives, was shot down by the IDF near the port city of Ashdod Monday morning. The interception caused a strong explosion to rock Ashdod and the air raid sirens went off. The Navy is reportedly looking for remains of the UAV. The Air Force conducted a rehearsal in April for an event in which an enemy Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) infiltrates Israeli airspace. Both jet fighter and combat helicopter squadrons took part in the rehearsal, and practiced interception of a UAV near Israel's border, reported the Air Force website. The IAF...
  • The contest is over! And the winners are[Site Picks The Best Aerial Drone Photos]

    07/11/2014 3:31:08 PM PDT · by Theoria · 8 replies
    dronestagr.am ^ | 11 July 2014 | dronestagr.am
    Winners of the 2014 Dronestagram Photo Contest have finally been selected! Picking winners was a very difficult task especially because of the great quality of the photos that have been submitted. We tried to reward the photos that show the best the fantastic potential offered by drones in terms of image. It’s been an amazing first edition with many photos entered from everywhere in the world. Thank you all for joining in.We would like to extend a special thanks to our contest sponsors National Geograpic, Go Pro, Picanova, Droneshop and Parrot for generously offering amazing gifts !Are you one of...
  • Two men arrested after flying drone near GWB (near NYPD chopper near George Wash. Bridge)

    07/10/2014 1:11:05 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 34 replies
    FoxNews ^ | July 8, 2014 | Shepard Smith, Jonathan Hunt
    Transcript: Shep Smith: Police in NY arrested two people for flying a drone over the George Washington Bridge not far from a police helicopter. The cops say the drone came within 800 feet of one of the police choppers before the pilot of the drone turned it away to avoid. Jonathan Hunt: One of the cops in this NYPD helicopter noticed some lights approaching just after midnight on Monday...on closer inspection he noticed those lights were actually a drone. Apparently the chopper pilot thought he needed to take evasive action to avoid being struck by that drone. He then followed...
  • Drone Laws Extend to Include Toy UAVs

    06/30/2014 4:26:12 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 39 replies
    Kioskea ^ | 06/30/14 | Nicole Motta
    According to a notice released by the United States Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration last Monday, the new regulations now include Amazon drones and even some toy planes. Before Monday's notice, the FAA had distinguished model aircraft from small drones according to their usage: commercial or recreational. Hobbyists were free to use model aircraft as they pleased but with these new rules, even toy quadcopters are considered drones and require users to have special permits to operate them. The Hubsan FPV X4 Mini RTF Quadcopter is targeted towards children but this, and other first-person-view model aircraft, will require a...
  • National Park Service plans to ban drones over 84 million acres

    06/24/2014 7:31:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | June 20, 2014 | Staff
    The National Park Service on Friday announced it was moving to ban drones on all its lands.. The move comes amid growing concern about hobbyists using drones to create dramatic videos. The ban would cover more than 84 million acres of public land. The director of the parks service cited safety concerns as well as potential harm to wildlife. "Imagine you're a big wall climber in Yosemite working on a four-day climb up El Capitan, and you're hanging off a bulb, ready to make a [difficult] move, and an unmanned aircraft flies up beside you and is hovering a few...
  • Close encounters on rise as small drones gain in popularity

    06/23/2014 9:29:05 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 1 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 23, 2014 | Craig Whitlock
    On the same day last month, airline pilots trying to land at two of the nation’s busiest airports got on their radios to report the unnerving sight of small rogue drones buzzing at high altitudes. In the first incident on May 29, the pilot of a commercial airliner descending toward LaGuardia Airport saw what appeared to be a black drone with a 10-to-15-foot wingspan about 5,500 feet above Lower Manhattan, according to a previously undisclosed report filed with the Federal Aviation Administration. In the second, two airliners separately approaching Los Angeles International Airport soared past what they described as a...
  • When drones fall from the sky

    06/20/2014 4:46:39 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 7 replies
    WP ^ | June 20, 2014 | Craig Whitlock
    More than 400 large U.S. military drones have crashed in major accidents around the world since 2001, a record of calamity that exposes the potential dangers of throwing open American skies to drone traffic, according to a year-long Washington Post investigation. Since the outbreak of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, military drones have malfunctioned in myriad ways, plummeting from the sky because of mechanical breakdowns, human error, bad weather and other reasons, according to more than 50,000 pages of accident investigation reports and other records obtained by The Post under the Freedom of Information Act.
  • Military Blimps Will Float In Aberdeen, Tracking Potential Threats

    06/18/2014 8:18:30 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 26 replies
    CBS Baltimore ^ | June 17, 2014 | Mike Schuh
    ABERDEEN, Md. (WJZ)—Soon, Maryland will be the home to a couple of new landmarks. Actually, sky-marks. As Mike Schuh reports, two large blimps will soon rise over Harford County and stay put. Radar blimps like these have been used on the battlefield to track the enemy, and in the Caribbean to intercept drug runners. Testing in Utah is complete. Now they’re being packed up and sent to Maryland. “There is some equipment already on grounds, yes,” said Kelly Luster, a spokesman for Aberdeen Proving Ground. What will they be looking for? Anti-ship cruise missiles, unmanned aircraft and swarming boats. These...
  • African firm 'sells pepper-spray bullet firing drones'

    06/18/2014 7:21:20 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 7 replies
    BBC ^ | June 18, 2014 | Leo Kelion
    The maker of a drone that fires pepper spray bullets says it has received its first order for the machine. South Africa-based Desert Wolf told the BBC it had secured the sale of 25 units to a mining company after showing off the tech at a trade show in London. It is marketing the device as a "riot control copter" that can tackle crowds "without endangering the lives of security staff". But the International Trade Union Confederation is horrified by the idea. "This is a deeply disturbing and repugnant development and we are convinced that any reasonable government will move...
  • U.S. Secretly Flying Drones Over Iraq

    06/12/2014 7:11:41 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 25 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 12 2014 | ADAM ENTOUS and JULIAN E. BARNE
    The U.S. since last year has been secretly flying unmanned surveillance aircraft in small numbers over Iraq to collect intelligence on insurgents, according to U.S. officials. Officials wouldn't say what types of drones were being used but said the flights were conducted only for surveillance purposes. The program was launched with the consent of the Iraqi government.
  • Iraq Asked U.S. for Strikes, Officials Say

    06/11/2014 5:13:48 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 130 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 11, 2014 | By MICHAEL R. GORDON and ERIC SCHMITT
    As the threat from Sunni militants in western Iraq escalated last month, Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki secretly asked the Obama administration to consider carrying out airstrikes against extremist staging areas, according to Iraqi and American officials. But Iraq’s appeals for military assistance have so far been rebuffed by the White House, which has been reluctant to open a new chapter in a conflict that President Obama has insisted was closed when the United States withdrew the last of its forces from Iraq in 2011. A spokeswoman for the National Security Council, Bernadette Meehan, declined to comment on Mr. Maliki’s...
  • Taliban swapped for Bergdahl could be drone targets, Kerry indicates

    06/08/2014 7:34:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | June 8, 2014 | Paul Lewis
    Secretary of state John Kerry has indicated that five Guantánamo Bay detainees released in exchange for an American soldier could be killed by drone strike if they return to the battlefield in Afghanistan. Kerry’s implied threat to the five Taliban fighters came as Republicans ramped-up their criticism of the deal to release Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, a prisoner of the Taliban for five years until he was freed last week. The 28-year-old soldier has reportedly told medical staff at a base in Germany he was tortured and beaten by his captors, and once locked in a metal cage in total darkness...
  • Drone Wars: Who Owns The Air?

    05/30/2014 3:38:29 PM PDT · by Theoria · 13 replies
    NPR ^ | 30 May 2014 | Steve Henn
    There are lots of entrepreneurs who would love to fly drones — tiny unmanned aircraft — all over the country. They dream of drones delivering packages and taking photos, but there's a battle in the courts right now standing in their way. The battle is about whether it's legal for drones to take to the sky. The question at the core of the battle: Who owns the air? It's a question that goes back to the Middle Ages, to a Latin phrase that translates to "he owns the soil owns up to the heavens." In England, this phrase was the...
  • Israel Unveils 6.5-Pound Drone for US War on Terror

    05/15/2014 10:28:23 PM PDT · by Tzvi INN.com · 3 replies
    The Jewish Independent ^ | May 16, 2014 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Israel has unveiled a new 6.5-pound hand-launched mini-drone for U.S. counter-terror units, but pro-Arab media are conducting a campaign to blame Israel when another country kills the wrong person with the drones.
  • FAA: U.S. Airliner Nearly Collided With Drone in March

    05/10/2014 6:56:14 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 27 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 9, 2014 | Jack Nicas
    A U.S. airliner nearly collided with a drone over Florida earlier this year, a federal official said, a near miss that highlights risks posed by the proliferation of unmanned aircraft in U.S. skies. A pilot of an American Airlines Group Inc. AAL +0.03% regional jet told officials that on March 22 he came dangerously close to a "small remotely piloted aircraft" about 2,300 feet above the ground near Tallahassee Regional Airport in Florida, said Jim Williams, head of the unmanned-aircraft office at the Federal Aviation Administration. Mr. Williams disclosed the incident publicly for the first time at a drone conference...
  • How Hard Is It To Shoot Down A Small Drone? [Video](shooting range day & night w/tracers)

    04/18/2014 9:59:56 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 39 replies
    Popular Science ^ | April 14, 2014 | Kelsey D. Atherton
    A group of hobbyists with a weirdly extensive machine gun collection decided to try a modern update to drone target practice. In this case, the targets were smaller drones ranging in size from remote-control toy airplanes to larger flying wings, about as big as the Army's hand-tossed RQ-11 Raven. Instead of special anti-air weapons, they tried a few different machine guns, which are more representative of the weapons insurgents might aim at drones. While many of the bullets fired hit the drones, it took direct hits to the tiny drone engines to make them stop flying. Verdict: It's possible to...
  • WILD Private Drones!

    04/16/2014 8:58:45 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 24 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 14 April 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    DJI Phantom Vision Video drone presentation at Reaganite Republican...
  • Viking Kitties Laid Off, to be Replaced with Fleet of Drones

    04/01/2014 10:16:31 AM PDT · by Admin Moderator · 95 replies
    4/1/2014 | Admin Moderator
    The Free Republic moderator staff today announced a major shakeup in the staffing at FR - no longer will the Viking Kitties be called upon to finish off trolls. "We decided that we should embrace 21st Century Technology instead of just getting all Medieval on trolls" Admin Moderator was quoted as saying. "Yeah, drones aren't cute and cuddly when not frying trolls, but you don't have to scoop the litterbox with drones." "We did extensive field testing of Chaotic Moon drones on Sidebar Moderator. They worked swimmingly and put Sidebar on the deck every time, although he hasn't quite been...
  • Australia: Drone 'used to carry drugs near prison'

    03/10/2014 3:24:59 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 8 replies
    BBC ^ | March 10, 2014 | Unattributed
    A man has been arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle drugs into a prison using a drone, Australian police say. The drone was "hovering in the vicinity of a prison" in Melbourne on Sunday afternoon, police said in a statement. The drone appeared to have "four engines" and was carrying "a small quantity of drugs", police added. Australia's parliament recently held a roundtable on drones and privacy. During the roundtable, Brad Mason, secretary of the Australian Certified UAV Operators Association, said there was "a lot of illegal and unauthorised use of UAVs. "We understand that the regulator is doing its...
  • Israel drone ambulance extracts from AirMule tests 2013

    02/27/2014 9:05:09 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 3 replies
    youtube ^ | 2-3-14 | Urban Aeronautics
    Israeli startup Urban Aeronautics is testing a flying ambulance drone they hope to release before 2020, Business Insider reports. The vehicle, which is called the AirMule, would be used to perform rescues in places like dense urban environments, where helicopter maneuvering is difficult. The AirMule is directed and controlled remotely and it can fly unpiloted with up to 880 pounds of cargo. Its primary purpose is to assist with rescues during military operations: A much quieter, remotely-piloted aircraft like this would be a game changer for military personnel. Medical evacuations for wounded troops have greatly improved since the introduction of...
  • Connecticut Bill Would Impose 20-Year Prison Sentence On People Who Commit Crimes With Drones

    02/24/2014 8:10:28 AM PST · by Seizethecarp · 19 replies
    CBS Connecticut ^ | February 22, 2014 | AP Staff
    <p>HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers will hold a public hearing on a bill that would impose lengthy prison sentences on people who commit crimes with drones.</p> <p>The legislation would make it a felony carrying up to 20 years in prison for committing a crime using an unmanned aircraft equipped with a deadly weapon, and up to 10 years in prison for other crimes with a drone.</p>
  • IAI Unveils Latest Heron UAV (Israel)

    02/12/2014 8:37:59 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    AIN Online ^ | February 10, 2014 | David Donald
    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has chosen the Singapore Airshow to reveal its latest UAV. The new Super Heron HF is a major update of the Heron 1 that has become a popular choice for medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned missions. “The best just got better,” announced Joseph Weiss, IAI’s president and CEO, at yesterday’s ceremony to unveil the Super Heron HF in the show static display area, adjacent to IAI’s chalet (CD03). At first glance the most obvious new feature of the vehicle is its upturned wingtips, which have been adopted partly to offset the extra weight of other modifications. The most...
  • France, UK to Launch Missile, UAV Projects at Jan 31 Summit

    01/30/2014 5:27:34 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki
    Defense-Aerospace.com ^ | Jan 30, 2014 | Giovanni de Briganti
    PARIS --- France and Britain are due to sign several defense-related agreements during their short Jan. 31 summit meeting at Brize Norton, England, including one to launch joint development of a next-generation anti-ship missile and another to fund a two-year feasibility study for a joint combat UAV. British and French officials have widely briefed the media in advance of the summit to obtain the editorial coverage that both countries’ leaders – British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President François Hollande – need to bolster their domestic standing. The briefings also seek to highlight that, after several fruitless summits in...
  • U.S. Names Domestic Test Sites for Drone Aircraft

    12/30/2013 3:35:02 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 27 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 30, 2013 | MATTHEW L. WALD
    The Federal Aviation Administration will authorize test sites for drone aircraft in upstate New York, New Jersey and at least eight other states, the agency said on Monday, but integrating the aircraft into the nation’s airspace, set by Congress for 2015, will be phased in gradually. The agency picked six institutions to operate test locations, which will explore how to set safety standards, how to train and certify their ground-based pilots, how to ensure that the aircraft will operate safely even if they lose their radio links with the ground and, most of all, how to replace the traditional method...
  • Why Google is buying maker of military robots

    12/17/2013 8:35:38 AM PST · by James C. Bennett · 20 replies
    The Times of India ^ | 16 Dec 2013 | The Times of India
    SAN FRANCISCO: Google may be gearing up to build robots that resemble props in science-fiction movies as the ambitious internet company expands into yet another technological frontier. To gather the expertise and research it needs, Google has purchased eight companies that specialize in robotics this year. The acquisitions are being assembled into a new robotics division headed by Andy Rubin, who oversaw Google's development of Android, now the world's leading mobile operating system. Google added more pieces to its growing toolbox of robotics late last week with the purchase of Boston Dynamics, a military contractor that has raised intrigue by...
  • US Air Force Has Secretly Built a New Stealth Drone(Shhh!)

    12/09/2013 3:09:57 AM PST · by lbryce · 20 replies
    Space War-UAV News ^ | December 6, 2013 | Staff
    The US Air Force has secretly developed a new stealth drone for long-range reconnaissance missions that could be operational by 2015, according to a report Friday in an industry magazine. The unmanned drone, dubbed RQ-180, is currently in the testing phase at the top secret Groom Lake air base in Nevada -- the infamous "Area 51" where the Air Force tested the U2 spy planes in the late 1950s, Aviation Week said. The Air Force refused to comment when contacted by AFP. The new aircraft was reportedly built by Northrop Grumann, the company behind the Global Hawk and the X-47B...
  • Navy Launches UAV from Submerged Submarine

    12/07/2013 2:04:56 PM PST · by gandalftb · 6 replies
    U.S. Naval Research Lab ^ | 12/05/2013 | Daniel Parry
    The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) with funding from SwampWorks at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and the Department of Defense Rapid Reaction Technology Office (DoD/RRTO) demonstrated the launch of an all-electric, fuel cell-powered, unmanned aerial system (UAS) from a submerged submarine. "Developing disruptive technologies and quickly getting them into the hands of our sailors is what our SwampWorks program is all about," said Craig A. Hughes, Acting Director of Innovation at ONR. The successful submerged launch of a remotely deployed UAS offers a pathway to providing mission critical intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities to the U.S. Navy's...