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  • WILD Private Drones!

    04/16/2014 8:58:45 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 23 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 ^ | 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...
  • Book Alleges Obama Told Aides About Drone Strikes: I’m ‘Really Good At Killing People’

    11/03/2013 1:41:28 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 36 replies
    CBS ^ | 11/3/13
    A new book covering the 2012 presidential campaign uncovers a series of scathing remarks from political figures, but one alleged comment has stirred controversy around President Barack Obama and his administration’s use of targeted drone strikes. Mark Halperin and John Heilemann’s book “Double Down: Game Change 2012” notes President Obama commenting on drone strikes, reportedly telling his aides that he’s “really good at killing people.”
  • China’s buying of German firm risk for Turkish UAV

    09/16/2013 10:00:38 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | September/17/2013 | Burak BEKD&#304;L
    ChinaÂ’s buying of German firm risk for Turkish UAV Burak BEKDÄ°L Chinese AvicÂ’s acquisition of German Thielert, leaves the first Turkishmade drone, the Anka, without an engine. Turkish officials are worried that buying of Thielert, engines supplier of Anka, may delay the project It looked entirely like any other business takeover between the Chinese and Germans with no relevance to Turkey. But the news that a Chinese group had acquired the troubled German maker of aircraft engines means Turkey must now find a new engine supplier for its first indigenous unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the Anka. Turkish officials and the...

    09/05/2013 6:19:41 AM PDT · by taildragger · 20 replies
    AviatoinIntel ^ | 9/5/2014 | Ty Rogoway
    This picture was taken from a pilot passing through Palmdale about a 16 months ago. What appears is a large flying wing type unmanned aircraft with a dorsal intake. The wingspan appears to be right around seventy feet. The aircraft appears here in the smaller of two wide and low slung aircraft shelters, built around 2010, located by the engine test cells, just north of the Northrop Grumman installation at Plant 42.
  • X-47B Completes First-Ever Carrier-Based Arrested Landing

    07/10/2013 11:12:31 AM PDT · by Daus · 46 replies
    US Navy ^ | 7/10/13 | NA
    USS GEORGE H. W. BUSH, at sea (NNS) -- The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator completed its first-ever carrier-based arrested landing on board USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) off the coast of Virginia July 10. "By evolving and integrating new technology like the X-47B and the unmanned aircraft to follow, carriers will remain relevant throughout their 50-year lifespan," said Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. Today's demonstration was the first time a tailless, unmanned autonomous aircraft landed on a modern aircraft carrier. This test marks an historic event for naval aviation that Navy leaders believe will impact...
  • University Team Helps Capture African Rhino Poachers

    06/22/2013 11:23:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Diamondback Online ^ | Thursday, June 20, 2013 | Katelyn Newman
    The University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies’ Terrapin One drone is meant to let South African poachers know what “fear the turtle” is all about. On May 26, during the drone’s first night flight, it aided in capturing a group of poachers spotted threatening a mother rhinoceros and her calf. The project — which programs the movements of the drone, loaned to the team by Denver-based manufacturer Falcon UAV — is the creation of Tom Snitch, a member of the Board of Visitors of UMIACS, and institute scientists. Based on the data they gathered during test flights in...
  • Unmanned craft is set to launch from carrier Bush

    05/14/2013 5:23:59 AM PDT · by csvset · 9 replies
    Virginian Pilot ^ | May 14, 2013 | Dianna Cahn
    NORFOLK A new era in naval aviation is set to launch from the aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush today, if all goes according to plan. For the first time ever, the Navy plans to catapult an unmanned aerial vehicle off a carrier flight deck, marking a strategic technological shift in naval aviation. The launch of the prototype X-47B from the Bush, steaming off the Virginia coast, follows months of shore-based launch tests at Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Maryland. The objective: to show that automated aircraft can play an active role in air warfare operations at sea. "The addition...
  • US Navy's Ion Tiger drone leans on liquid hydrogen for longer-lasting spy flight

    05/13/2013 4:30:06 AM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 21 replies
    engadget ^ | May 10th, 2013 | Joseph Volpe
    The US Navy's quieter way to spy, the Ion Tiger, just bested its own 2009 flight record with a key assist from liquid hydrogen. The unmanned aerial vehicle had previously relied on 5000-psi compressed hydrogen for fuel, but for its latest flight test the Naval Research team swapped that out for a new cryogenic tank and delivery system that relies on the liquid stuff; a choice made for the element's increased density. With that one significant change in place, the craft was able to outperform its last endurance run of 26 hours and two minutes by almost double, lasting 48...
  • X-47B demonstrator completes its first shore-based arrested landing

    05/07/2013 1:13:12 PM PDT · by taildragger · 21 replies
    You Tube / Navair ^ | 05/05/2013 | Naval Air Systems Command
    The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator completes its first shore-based arrested landing at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. May 4.
  • FAQ: The V1-VR Terrorist Runway Kill Zone (RKZ) Frequently Asked Questions

    05/04/2013 9:15:45 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 32 replies
    Runway Kill Zone (blog) ^ | May 4, 2013 | 2branta
    What is the V1-VR terrorist runway kill zone (RKZ)? The RKZ is a zone on an airport takeoff runway between two points called V1 and VR that every large multi-engine jet aircraft, such as Air Force One, must pass through while taking off. Here is a cockpit video of a 747-400 where the co-pilot can be heard to call out “V1″ at 1:24 and then call out “rotate” (VR) at 1:30, as required for all takeoffs. The runway zone travelled by the aircraft in the 6 seconds between V1 and VR for this takeoff is the RKZ. If any two...
  • Israel builds up its war robot industry (drones)

    04/26/2013 8:24:29 PM PDT · by haffast · 5 replies
    UPI ^ | April 26, 2013 at 3:42 PM | UPI
    TEL AVIV, Israel, April 26 (UPI) -- Israel, which has the most advanced defense industry in the Middle East, is in the forefront of the rapidly expanding drone business that's changing the way wars will be fought for decades to come. With state-owned Israel Aircraft Industries, Elbit Systems and Aeronautics Defense Systems developing new and more agile unmanned aerial vehicles, as well as ground and seaborne drones, the Jewish state seems well-placed to corner a big slice of a market valued at around $50 billion a year. Indeed, Israel's widely considered to be the leading UAV exporter in the world,...
  • Netanyahu was in Chopper when UAV was Spotted

    04/25/2013 8:59:39 AM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    inn ^ | 4/25/13
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was in a helicopter flight on the way to a tour of northern Israel, when the IAF spotted what is believed to have been a Hizbullah UAV in the skies of Haifa Thursday. The prime minister's staff, in consultation with security elements, decided to take no chances and instructed the helicopter pilot to land for a short time, until the successful interception of the UAV. The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) penetrated Israeli air space from Lebanon Thursday, and was shot down. At around 2:00 p.m. Israel time (11:00 GMT), IAF aircraft belonging to the aerial defense...
  • U.S. Drone Strikes Kill Children

    04/15/2013 4:34:02 PM PDT · by RC one · 16 replies
    asia tribune ^ | 09 April | asian Tribune
    Washington, D.C. 09 April ( It has been reported that an American military airstrike in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, April 6 that targeted a senior Taliban commander finally ended up in killing 18 people including women and children. Following an intense fighting on the ground American air support was called to flatten the home of the commander whose name has been released as Ali Khan In addition to killing Ali Khan and several other Taliban fighters, at least 10 children died, and at least 5 women were wounded, said Abdul Zahir Safi, the governor of the Shigal district, where the...
  • Pentagon cancel controversial "drone medal"

    04/15/2013 1:06:11 PM PDT · by Saint X · 13 replies
    U.S. Naval Institute ^ | 4/15/13 | U.S. Naval Insitute
    The Pentagon is cancelling a controversial medal designed to recognize contributions of unmanned aerial vehicle pilots and cyber troops, according to a Monday memorandum signed by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel obtained by USNI News.
  • Germany 'may buy weaponised drones from Israel'

    04/14/2013 10:53:53 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Germany 'may buy weaponised drones from Israel' (AFP) – 13 hours ago BERLIN — Germany is in talks with Israel to buy weaponised drones for its military that are seen as more technologically advanced than US ones, the weekly Der Spiegel reported. The news magazine's Monday edition said the German defence ministry had already held two meetings with Israeli military officials, in November 2012 and February 2013, on the proposed purchase. The chief of Germany's air force, Lieutenant General Karl Muellner, was said to have recently gone to Israel to attend a presentation of Israel's Heron TP drone, Der Spiegel...
  • The anti-drone hoodie that helps you beat Big Brother's spy in the sky

    04/01/2013 5:32:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    The Guardian ^ | March 31, 2013 | Tom Meltzer
    I am wearing a silver hoodie that stops just below the nipples. Or, if you prefer, a baggy crop-top with a hood. The piece – this is fashion, so it has to be a "piece" – is one of a kind, a prototype. It has wide square shoulders and an overzealous zip that does up right to the tip of my nose. It does not, it's fair to say, make its wearer look especially cool. But that's not really what this hoodie is about. It has been designed to hide me from the thermal imaging systems of unmanned aerial surveillance...
  • Northrop Grumman gets $71.6B Fire Scout contract to be assembled in Moss Point (Mississippi)

    03/13/2013 3:21:41 AM PDT · by Islander7 · 11 replies
    Sun Herald ^ | March 12, 2013 | By MARY PEREZ
    Tuesday was a banner day for Gulf Coast industry as the U.S. Navy announced it awarded Northrop Grumman Corp. a $71.6 million contract to produce the next generation of Fire Scout unmanned helicopters, assembled in Moss Point. In addition, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announced Lockheed Martin Corp. will invest $3 million and create 166 new jobs to build tanks for liquefied natural gas at the Michoud Assembly plant in New Orleans, where the space shuttle tanks were built. The initial 88-foot-long tanks will be used to fuel ships and transport fuel. And at Chevron's 2013 Security Analyst Meeting on...
  • 49 quadrocopter in outdoor-formation-flight / Ars Electronica Futurelab / Linz, Austria

    02/22/2013 12:53:47 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 10 replies
    YouTube ^ | Aug 30, 2012 | ArsElectronica/unattributed
    Quadrocopters turn into pixels at the voestalpine Klangwolke and form 3D-Modells in the sky. As a world-premiere, the Ars Electronica Futurelab has managed to fly a formation outdoor with so many quadrocopters, painting some moments of magic into the nightsky of Linz.
  • USAF developing terrifying swarms of tiny unmanned drones that can hover, crawl and even kill

    02/21/2013 4:22:10 PM PST · by null and void · 27 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 19:11 EST, 19 February 2013 | Michael Zennie
    The U.S. Air Force is developing tiny unmanned drones that will fly in swarms, hover like bees, crawl like spiders and even sneak up on unsuspecting targets and execute them with lethal precision. The Air Vehicles Directorate, a research arm of the Air Force, has released a computer-animated video outlining the the future capabilities of Micro Air Vehicles (MAVs). The project promises to revolutionize war by down-sizing the combatants.
  • US senator says drones death toll is 4700

    02/21/2013 2:35:44 PM PST · by null and void · 4 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12:53AM GMT 21 Feb 2013
    A US senator has said an estimated 4,700 people, including some civilians, have been killed in the contentious bombing raids of America's secretive drone war. It was the first time a politician or any government representative had referred to a total number of fatalities in the drone strikes, which have been condemned by rights groups as extrajudicial assassinations.
  • Source: Drone Strike Kills Top Al Qaeda Cleric in Yemen

    02/13/2013 2:38:14 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/2/13
    A drone strike in the eastern Yemeni province of Shabwa last month killed the top religious cleric for Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), a source close to the group said on Tuesday. "A drone strike had targeted Sheikh Adel al-Abab's vehicle but he escaped and fled to a mountainous region where a raid by another drone killed him immediately," the source told AFP on condition of anonymity. Abab had graduated from the Dawa Islamic studies center, in Sana'a and had served as the top religious cleric for AQAP. American drone strikes against Al-Qaeda terrorists are frequent in Yemen, home...
  • Wierd, Unknown Drone Photographed Hovering Over Oakland Neighborhoods

    02/12/2013 3:49:51 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 75 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 12 February 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    Isn't it neat living in a faceless, futuristic police state?  East Germany would have KILLED for just one of these things! The primary suspect in this case would be the Oakland-area Alameda County Sheriff's Department, who recently released a statement re. the department's (rapidly) evolving policy (-here-) regarding aerial drones, which they refer to in army-speak as an sUAS, or 'small Unmanned Aircraft System'...  Seems they're already rather-broadly approved within Alameda County for the following missions: Post-incident crime scene preservation and documentationExplosive ordinance disposal missionsResponse to hazardous materials spillsSearch and Rescue missionsPublic safety and life preservation missions to include barricaded suspects, hostage situations, active...
  • The next generation of surveillance. (Video)

    01/29/2013 12:14:52 PM PST · by servo1969 · 2 replies ^ | 1-23-2013 | PBS
    A clip from the episode of NOVA entitled "Rise of the Drones." The full episode can be viewed here:
  • Autonomous Real-time Ground Ubiquitous Surveillance-Imaging System (ARGUS-IS)

    01/23/2013 11:03:38 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 11 replies
    DARPA ^ | January 24, 2013 | Unattributed
    The Autonomous Real-time Ground Ubiquitous Surveillance-Imaging System (ARGUS-IS) program is developing a real-time, high-resolution, wide-area video surveillance system that provides the warfighter a minimum of 65 VGA video windows across the field of view. Each video window is electronically steerable independent of the others, and can either provide continuous imagery of a fixed area on the ground or be designated to automatically keep a specified target (dismount or vehicle) in the window.
  • How Dumb Are Drones? (How dumb are PBS/NOVA writers?)

    01/22/2013 4:00:06 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 7 replies
    PBS/NOVA ^ | January 17, 2013 | Lauren S. Aguirre
    For many, the word “drone” summons images of innocent civilians killed in wars conducted from thousands of miles away and raises concerns about invasions of privacy. For others, a drone is simply a next-generation military weapon that saves both lives and money. And for still others, drones are a fascinating backyard hobby for adults and children alike. But no matter what you think about them, drones are here to stay. The Air Force predicts that within a decade nearly 30 percent of its attack and fighter planes will be drones. It’s not just the military that sees their potential, either....
  • Rise of the Drones (PBS NOVA Wed Jan 23 9PM EST)

    01/22/2013 3:41:46 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 9 replies
    PBS/NOVA ^ | January 22, 2013 | Unattributed
    Meet a new breed of flying robots, from tiny swarming vehicles to giant unmanned planes. Airing January 23, 2013 at 9 pm on PBS. Drones. These unmanned flying robots–some as large as jumbo jets, others as small as birds–do things straight out of science fiction. Much of what it takes to get these robotic airplanes to fly, sense, and kill has remained secret. But now, with rare access to drone engineers and those who fly them for the U.S. military, NOVA reveals the amazing technologies that make drones so powerful as we see how a remotely-piloted drone strike looks and...
  • Orlando Florida Patrolled By Surveillance Drones As Early As This Summer

    01/13/2013 2:34:10 PM PST · by blam · 45 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-13-2013 | Robert Johnson
    Orlando Florida Patrolled By Surveillance Drones As Early As This Summer Robert JohnsonJan. 13, 2013, 8:18 AMOctatron shows the camera aboard the SkySeer drone used for surveillance and reconnaissance for law enforcement When Congress passed a bill last February allowing unmanned drones to fly American skies it became only a matter of time before UAVs patrolled U.S. cities for local law enforcement. While most drones in the U.S. are flown along the Mexican border, the Orange County Sheriff's Office wants to put them over metro Orlando within the next few months. The Greater Orlando metropolitan area is home to more...
  • ‘Citizen Drone Warfare’: Hobbyist explores a frightening scenario

    12/19/2012 7:03:56 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 65 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 17, 2012 | Patrick Hruby
    Less than a month ago, rumors that celebrity news and gossip website TMZ was interested in obtaining a paparazzi drone prompted privacy concerns and public debate about the appropriate personal and commercial uses of unmanned aerial vehicles. Now, a new online video poses a more troubling question: What if civilian drones are equipped to shoot more than just pictures? Titled “Citizen Drone Warfare” and posted to YouTube last week by an anonymous man calling himself “Milo Danger,” the video shows a hobbyist drone equipped with a custom-mounted paintball pistol flying over a grassy field and peppering human-shaped shooting-range targets with...
  • China's Unsettling Fleet of New Drones a Wake-Up Call for The West (video)

    11/23/2010 9:36:37 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 9 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | November 23, 2010 | Reaganite Republican
    Western defense experts surprised to see 25+ new Chinese drones on display at Air Show China 2010...WJ600 jet-powered drone: And just what does that say for our military intelligence, anyway... must have been sleeping: ________________________________________________________ China is ramping up production of unmanned aerial vehicles in an apparent bid to catch up with the U.S. and Israel in developing technology that is considered the future of military aviation. Western defense officials and experts were surprised to see more than 25 different Chinese models of the unmanned aircraft, known as UAVs, on display at this week's Zhuhai air show in this southern...
  • Drones See, Smell Evil From Above ["save the Whales" technology used for Operation Iraqi Freedom]

    03/27/2003 5:01:54 PM PST · by jpthomas · 2 replies · 274+ views
    Wired News ^ | 02:00 AM Mar. 24, 2003 PT | Noah Shachtman
    <p>The 8-foot-long, sausage-shaped Silver Fox drone has a propeller in the front, and detachable wings and tail fins -- all of which fold neatly into a converted golf club bag. It isn't the only tactical UAV slated for testing during the second Gulf War.</p>
  • Drone crashes mount at civilian airports

    11/30/2012 11:02:45 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 52 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 30, 2012 | Craig Whitlock
    The U.S. Air Force drone, on a classified spy mission over the Indian Ocean, was destined for disaster from the start. An inexperienced military contractor in shorts and a T-shirt, flying by remote control from a trailer at Seychelles International Airport, committed blunder after blunder in six minutes on April 4. He sent the unarmed MQ-9 Reaper drone off without permission from the control tower. A minute later, he yanked the wrong lever at his console, killing the engine without realizing why. As he tried to make an emergency landing, he forgot to put down the wheels. The $8.9 million...
  • TED Talk on U Penn swarming quads now live (video quadrocopter acrobatics!)

    11/23/2012 2:32:41 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 15 replies
    DIY Drones ^ | March 1, 2012 | Chris Anderson
    This great talk, given yesterday (2/29/12) at TED, is now live. I was here and the crowd was wowed. Check out the lovely math on simplifying the 12-dimensional math to 4 dimensions at around the 5:00 mark,
  • Second Drone Came from SIGONELLA, Sicily!

    10/30/2012 4:30:51 PM PDT · by gaijin · 47 replies
    October 30, 2012 | gaijin
    Just heard from Fox news 15 minutes ago that second drone above Bengazi came OUTSIDE Libya --it came from SIGONELLA, Sicily...! It was UNARMED and replaced the first drone that egressed owing to low fuel. For unmanned drone observation of an ongoing battle against an American target is it a requirement that cross-border ingress authorization come from **POTUS**..? Because THIS might have required that. Does anyone know? I'm asking because if that is so, then what is possible is that gayMuzzie permitted drone observation but required that it be UNARMED...! If you have one spun up and fueled then putting...
  • RUSH: What Obama Could've Done in Libya

    10/25/2012 1:26:42 AM PDT · by Yosemitest · 7 replies ^ | October 24, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    What Obama Could've Done in Libya October 24, 2012 BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Laurie in Pittsburgh as we continue. Welcome to the program. Great to have you on the EIB Network. Hi. CALLER: Rush, I'm very honored to speak with you. Longtime listener. You truly changed my life. I was born a liberal. (laughs) I'm in central Pennsylvania and basically saw the light and I've since been conservative. I appreciate what I learn from you. I look forward to hearing your take on things. And I'd like for you, if you could today, to help to educate me. Here's my...
  • Bay Area Law Enforcement Agencies Test Drones

    10/18/2012 8:49:44 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 12 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 9OCT2012 | Stephanie Chuang
    They began as tools in military combat. Now aerial drones are being considered by Bay Area law enforcement agencies as a cost-cutting way to replace helicopters, and use technology to fight crime and save lives. Alameda County Sheriff Greg Ahern first tested one of these Unmanned Aerial Systems or UAS about a year ago. Now he’s looking into possibly bringing a drone here. His office would be the first in California to do it. Armed with live-video-feeding capabilities and different features, like infrared devices, these drones can cost in the ballpark of 50- to 100-thousand dollars or more. There are...
  • Op-Ed: Terror UAV's Will Pierce Israel's New "Maginot" LIne

    10/16/2012 6:17:26 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 15/10/12 | Mark Langfan
    ..... All of Israel’s “peace-in-our-time” plans (including Bibi’s Jordan Valley Plan) are entirely based on variants of the 1967 Allon Plan which, like the Maginot Line defense, are based on yesterday’s technology and yesterday’s wars. IThe plan was named after famous Israeli general Yigal Allon. However, with the Israeli interception of the UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) over the Negev, there is a new highly lethal and precise terrorist military weapon which could strike from a “demilitarized” Palestinian "West Bank" State with pin-point accuracy into the heart of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem: Killer Terrorist UAVs. Firstly, most people think that under...
  • Iran: New Long-Range Drone Can Carry a Bomb

    10/15/2012 5:08:39 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 24 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 15/10/12 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Iran’s Air Defense Base Commander has announced it has built an new unmanned long-range drone (UAV) that can carry a bomb. Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili broke the news one week after Iranian-financed Hizbullah launched a drone that entered Israeli air space before it was blown up by a missile from an F-16 jet. Esmaili did not state whether the new drone, dubbed Hazem, can reach Israel. He “noted that the drone will be used in targeting and identification operations, and for carrying cargo whenever needed,” the government’s semi-official Fars News Agency reported. The Iranian commander added that Hazem is not...
  • Fouad Siniora: Hizbullah Leading to Clash with Israel

    10/15/2012 12:07:40 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 15/10/12
    Former Lebanese prime minister Fouad Siniora accused Hizbullah, Sunday, of trying to entangle Lebanon into a military confrontation with Israel. Responding to the recent launching of an unmanned aerial vehicle by the Shi'ite terror group over the Jewish state, the Future Movement Member of Parliament said Hizbullah has no right to declare war and the words of Hizbullah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah endanger the security of the people...
  • UAV Fragments Similar to Iranian Drones

    10/06/2012 2:56:54 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 16 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/10/12 | Gil Ronen
    The IDF suspects that the small UAV intercepted Saturday morning by IAF jets over the northern Sinai was launched by Iranian proxy militia Hizbullah. The drone may have been searching for targets for Iranian attacks. The defense establishment has been looking at the fragments of the UAV, which fell in the area of southern Mount Hevron. According to reports, Israel initially suspected that it was launched from Sinai, but by Saturday evening, military sources said the military investigation showed the UAV had flown southward along Israel's Mediterranean coast before turning east over Gaza and heading into Israeli airspace. It is...
  • Drone Carnage, Children Slaughtered: The Moral Question Obama Can’t Evade

    09/29/2012 1:46:02 PM PDT · by NYer · 25 replies
    Uruknet ^ | September 28, 2012
    A moral question It doubtlessly is a damning report that the researchers of the American universities have delivered on America’s drone adventurism. It succinctly brings out what a horrendous toll it has been exacting on innocent civilian lives and keeping the whole lot of populace in the targeted areas in constant dread of drones and their fatal assaults. The psychological impact on the people is just terrible, it underlines. But will this report have any impact on the American strategists at all? Not even an outside chance. Over these times, the civil society worldwide is up in protest against...