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  • Need clarification on rules for flying quadrocopter drones that weigh less than 250 grams

    06/18/2022 6:21:25 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 35 replies ^ | June 18, 2022 | E. Pluribus Unum
    I just ordered a Holy Stone HS175D GPS quadrocopter that weighs 215 grams. I chose one under 250 grams because there are less stringent regulations. The regulations are extremely confusing because they intermingle commercial and recreational and sub-250 gram information so you're not sure what applies where. All I want to do is fly it over my house so I can check the roof and look out over the woods behind my house. I have compiled a checklist of what I need to do to fly it legally. Take The Recreational UAS Safety Test (TRUST).Register the drone with the...
  • China Has ‘Swarm’ Ambitions With New Drone Carrier

    06/11/2022 10:04:59 PM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 29 replies ^ | 8 June 2022 | Didier Lauras
    Officially it is just a research vessel, but China's newly unveiled drone carrier is a clear sign Beijing is rushing to deploy an autonomous swarm of unmanned devices in its push for military supremacy in the Pacific Ocean. State media last month showed the launching of the Zhu Hai Yun – "Zhu Hai Cloud" – capable of transporting an unspecified number of flying drones as well as surface and submarine craft, and operating autonomously thanks to artificial intelligence. The 89-metre (292-foot) ship would be operational by year-end with a top speed of 18 knots, vastly increasing China's surveillance potential...
  • Drones that swarmed US warships off the coast of California in 2019 were from a mysterious Hong Kong-registered spy ship, say US Navy

    06/11/2022 4:17:50 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 58 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 11 2022 | HARRIET ALEXANDER
    Warships from the U.S. Navy sailing off the coast of California in 2019 were swarmed by drones from a nearby Hong Kong cargo ship on multiple occasions, the Navy has revealed. The incidents were all reported between March 30, 2019 and July 30, 2019. Seven different vessels were involved. One of the warships reported in their official memo that the Hong Kong ship was observing them, noting: 'MV Bass Strait likely using UAVs (unidentified aerial vehicles) to conduct surveillance on US Naval Forces'.
  • Firm proposes Taser-armed drones to stop school shootings

    06/04/2022 4:30:33 AM PDT · by McGruff · 54 replies
    AP ^ | June 4, 2022 | MATT O'BRIEN and MICHAEL BALSAMO
    Taser developer Axon said this week it is working to build drones armed with the electric stunning weapons that could fly in schools and “help prevent the next Uvalde, Sandy Hook, or Columbine.” But its own technology advisers quickly panned the idea as a dangerous fantasy. The publicly traded company, which sells Tasers and police body cameras, floated the idea of a new police drone product last year to its artificial intelligence ethics board, a group of well-respected experts in technology, policing and privacy. Some of them expressed reservations about weaponizing drones in over-policed communities of color.
  • Biden administration planning to sell armed drones to Ukraine: report

    06/02/2022 11:08:41 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 57 replies
    The hill ^ | 06/02/2022 | Jordan Williams
    The Biden administration is reportedly planning to sell armed drones that can carry Hellfire missiles to Ukraine, Reuters reported on Wednesday. The U.S. is looking to sell four MQ-1C Gray Eagle drones made by General Atomics, sources told the outlet. The drones can be armed with Hellfire missiles. The administration plans to notify Congress of the sale in the coming days and make a public announcement afterward.
  • EXCLUSIVE U.S. plans to sell armed drones to Ukraine in coming days -sources

    06/01/2022 1:01:30 PM PDT · by SpeedyInTexas · 43 replies
    Reuters ^ | 01-JUN-2022 | Mike Stone
    The Biden administration plans to sell Ukraine four MQ-1C Gray Eagle drones that can be armed with Hellfire missiles for battlefield use against Russia, three people familiar with the situation said.
  • Does China’s new drone mother ship have potential as a military vessel?-(AI Drone Carrier)

    05/29/2022 10:41:39 AM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 17 replies
    south china post via msn ^ | 5/28/2022 | Kristin Huan
    With the world's first drone mother ship, the Chinese military is expected to gather more intelligence in the disputed South China Sea, despite a security analyst assessment finding the ship potentially vulnerable to enemy interference or a technological failure. Last week, China launched the world's first drone carrier, named Zhu Hai Yun, a vessel that can be controlled remotely to navigate autonomously in open water. It is expected to be delivered by the end of the year after completing sea trials. The state-run Science and Technology Daily said the ship could be an efficient tool in marine disaster prevention and...
  • Tsar Wars – Attack of the Drones (Long but very informative article)

    05/19/2022 5:49:48 AM PDT · by bert · 14 replies
    L'Ombre de l'Olivier ^ | May 16, 2022 | y Francis Turner
    The machine gun was revolutionary (and not just in a Gatling gun sense) by massively improving the capability of defensive fire power against mass attacks. It killed off the cavalry (and infantry) charge and produced a significant change in tactics both defensively and offensively. ---snip In the current Ukraine conflict, the Ukrainians have come up with a defensive doctrine using drones against a non-drone equipped aggressor that complements the Azerbiajani doctrine for using drones against a non-drone using defender. ---Snip This is new. It is also likely to be as revolutionary as the machine gun once the use of that...
  • Israeli drone-maker to supply advanced systems to US Department of Defense

    05/12/2022 1:05:17 AM PDT · by Conservat1 · 3 replies
    JNS ^ | May 11, 2022
    “The small, lightweight and rugged Wolverine is affordable, versatile and has low power consumption,” said the Israeli company Xtend. Israeli company Xtend, which specializes in human-guided autonomous drones for use by militaries and law enforcement, announced on Tuesday that it will supply hundreds of its Wolverine systems to the U.S. Department of Defense. The drones were developed under the joint leadership of the DoD and Israel’s Ministry of Defense, and are designed to protect U.S. military forces in the field. The contract follows joint Israeli and American research and development involving the Israeli Defense Ministry, the DoD’s Irregular Warfare Technical...
  • [Russia Claims] Snake Island becomes the grave of Ukraine’s Bayraktar TB2 drones

    05/11/2022 4:31:24 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    Cvv News ^ | May 11, 2022
    Moscow maintains that Ukraine has also lost three Su-24 bombers, one Su-27 fighter jet, three armored amphibious assault ships, 10 different helicopters and more than 50 soldiers during the attempt to retake Snake Island Information released by the Russian Defense Ministry suggests that Ukraine has so far lost 30 drones in the area around the snake island in the last three days, including nine Bayraktar TB2 drones, one of which was shot down by Russian air defenses on Tuesday, according to the Defense Ministry. Snake Island fell at the beginning of the invasion on February 24 with the assault of...
  • How Ukraine Uses Obsolete Soviet Grenades To Destroy Russian Tanks From Above

    05/06/2022 6:51:38 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 123 replies
    Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty ^ | May 05, 2022 | By RFE/RL
    Ukrainian fighters have found a new use for outdated grenades that is proving spectacularly effective at destroying Russian tanks and other armored vehicles. This photo released by Aerorozvidka, an organization that develops Ukraine's use of small drones in warfare, shows a Ukrainian-made octocopter drone with two bomblets mounted beneath it. Videos recently released by Aerorozvidka show what appears to be the same, tail-finned explosives being dropped by drone before destroying armored vehicles with catastrophic explosions. Weapons trackers following the conflict in Ukraine have identified the bomblets as modified Soviet-era RKG-3 anti-tank grenades with 3D-printed tail fins attached to stabilize...
  • Russia’s arms sales could go to zero over Ukraine

    05/03/2022 6:09:42 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 40 replies
    Asia Times ^ | March 8, 2022 | Stephen Bryen
    The poor performance of Russian equipment deployed in the Ukraine war is bound to be giving global buyers second thoughts.How can it be that a large Russian army attacking force, capable of causing untold destruction, is being checkmated and systematically devastated by Ukraine’s military, in particular its special forces?And what impact will this have on the Russian army and its industrial backbone, the Russian companies that build the tanks, armored personnel carriers, mobile air defenses and aircraft including fixed-wing and helicopters ­– all of which have suffered extreme losses in the conflict?Russia’s exports consist of various commodities, most prominently wheat,...
  • Small Quadcopters Rule The Battlefield In Ukraine — Which Makes Their Chinese Manufacturers Very Unhappy

    04/29/2022 10:47:16 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 61 replies
    Forbes ^ | Apr 29, 2022,07:59am EDT | David Hambling
    At its simplest, a small drone is an eye in the sky, giving what every commander has wanted for centuries: a view of what is happening on the other side of the hill, or in the middle of the forest, or just down the next street, without having to send troops. Aerial reconnaissance was previously confined to higher levels of command and only gradually filtered down the chain; now every squad leader can have a folding Mavic Mini 2 small enough to fit into a cargo pocket but able to send back HD video from three miles away for half...
  • US sending drone boats for Ukraine port and coast defense

    04/22/2022 4:22:47 PM PDT · by SpeedyInTexas · 84 replies
    DRONEDJ ^ | 20-APR-2022 | Bruce Crumley
    Much attention has been justifiably directed at the remarkable performance of both military and consumer UAVs in assisting Ukraine’s efforts to rebuff invading Russian forces. But soon, news may also be generated by drone boats similarly turning the tides for Ukraine defenses in coastal waters of the Black Sea. As part of its additional $800 million military aid package the US announced last week, the Department of Defense said it will be providing Ukraine with drone boats – better known as uncrewed surface vessels (USV) – for use against attacking Russian Navy craft in the Black Sea. The US Navy...
  • Mexican Cartels Fly 9,000 Drone Flights into U.S. to Surveil Law Enforcement Operations

    04/14/2022 6:04:11 PM PDT · by bitt · 39 replies
    judicialwatch ^ | 4/12/2022 | judicialwatch
    Mexican drug cartels have conducted more than 9,000 drone flights into U.S. airspace in the last year to surveil American law enforcement and security operations in the southern border region, a senior Homeland Security official told Judicial Watch this week. The drones are observing federal, state, county, and city agencies near the Mexican border, including the U.S. Border Patrol, Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas National Guard, county sheriffs and local police. The Border Patrol, which operates under Customs and Border Protection (CBP), has captured about a dozen of the drones, and accessed the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles’ (UAVs) guidance and...
  • US Training Ukrainian Troops On Switchblade Kamikaze Drones

    04/08/2022 2:54:33 AM PDT · by blam · 10 replies
    Zubu Brothers ^ | 4-8-2022
    A little over a week ago the US revealed that it is sending 100 killer drone systems to Ukraine as part of huge new $800 million weapons package approved by the Biden administration last month. The small, low-cost but high tech weapons, called “Switchblade” drones are a type of “kamikaze drone” in that they act as guided missiles capable of loitering before slamming into their targets. “We have committed 100 Switchblade tactical unmanned aerial systems to be delivered in the most recent package of presidential drawdown,” assistant secretary of Defense for international security affairs Celeste Wallander previously told the House...
  • The drone operators who halted Russian convoy headed for Kyiv

    03/28/2022 2:45:51 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 44 replies
    Guardian ^ | Mon 28 Mar 2022 00.00 EDT | Julian Borger
    The unit was started by young university-educated Ukrainians who had been part of the 2014 Maidan uprising and volunteered to use their technical skills in the resistance against the first Russian invasion in Crimea and the Donbas region. Its founder, Volodymyr Kochetkov-Sukach, was an investment banker who was killed in action in 2015 in Donbas – a reminder of the high risks involved. The Russians can latch on to the drone’s electronic signature and quickly strike with mortars, so the Aerorozvidka teams have to launch and run. Honchar is an ex-soldier turned IT marketing consultant, who returned to the army...
  • Ukraine is using Elon Musk's Starlink for drone strikes

    03/27/2022 6:01:44 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | March 27, 2022 | By Alexander Freund
    Elon Musk's satellites are connecting Ukraine with the internet. Starlink was conceived as a civilian program — but Ukraine's military can also use it to guide drones and strike Russian tanks and positions. Just after Russia's invasion began in late February, Ukrainian Vice Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov took to Twitter to ask US billionaire Elon Musk to activate his Starlink satellites for use in Ukraine. Musk swiftly tweeted his response: "Starlink service is now active in Ukraine. More terminals en route." Soon after, a number of terminals and powerful batteries arrived in Ukraine. Others soon followed. Fedorov took to Twitter...
  • How anti-tank missiles & Russian ‘mistakes’ worked to Ukraine’s advantage, and lessons for India

    03/26/2022 7:41:07 AM PDT · by FarCenter · 31 replies
    New Delhi: Akin to the Berlin blockade of 1948-49, when the United States, United Kingdom, and France had to airlift essential supplies, food and fuel into western Berlin, another airlift is under way on the western borders of Ukraine — albeit for weapons supplies. From the Amari Air Base in Estonia, cargo planes are being loaded with ammunition and weaponry to be delivered to Ukraine’s armed forces. The NATO has also airlifted tonnes of military equipment into Poland and Romania on the western borders of Ukraine from where the weapons are transported by road into Ukraine. Since the beginning of...
  • Elon Musk's satellites help Zelensky dominate the skies: US billionaire's internet system is allowing Ukrainian drones to pound Putin's helpless tanks

    03/19/2022 2:10:12 PM PDT · by dennisw · 112 replies
    MAILONLINE ^ | 19 March 2022 | GEMMA PARRY
    Aerorozvidka (Aerial Reconnaissance) is being used to attack Russian drones and target Vladmir Putin's army of tanks with the help of the newly available Starlink system which improves internet and connection speeds US billionaire Elon Musk's new technology helps to keep Ukrainian drones connected with their bases It comes as the country has continue to suffer through internet and power outages throughout the invasion The Starlink app is the most downloaded in Ukraine with global downloads tripling in the last two weeks Elon Musk's Starlink satellite system is giving Ukrainian forces the edge in winning the drone war as the...