Skip to comments.Wierd, Unknown Drone Photographed Hovering Over Oakland Neighborhoods
Posted on 02/12/2013 3:49:51 AM PST by Reaganite Republican
Seems they're already rather-broadly approved within Alameda County for the following missions:
Those are almost certainly antennae on the bottom of that thing. Given how small they are, it’s either snooping cell phone traffic or wifi.
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Or surveillance. They don’t need large drones to take pictures.
I would agree with you on that. Tracking locations of high cell phone chatter I suspect to a local situation.
I wonder how many microwave transmitters I can fit into a parabolic dish to send an amplified microwave beam strong enough to make it sneeze....
Any good duck load will be sufficient!
Looks like helicopter landing gear to me. They might double as some kind of antenna.
Aircraft is a hexrotor. Quadrotors are more common, lots of hobbyists are flying them. It is possible this one is a hobbyist’s.
It has both cameras and UHF antennas: most likely it’s observing and the antennas are for sending the images to the ground station and for control of the vehicle (a “hexcopter”).
Or maybe even a Frisbee lol
Would not be too hard to build an anti-drone RC vehicle.
Shadows against a clear blue sky? Probably photo’d against a blue table cloth. I call BS.
Maybe some amateur radio operator is experimenting, possibly a repeater or beacon? Or getting ready for field day.
On a side note I wish I had a drone that was also some form of wi-fi hotspot, I say that because of another news event on the Gulf of Mexico of the stranded carnival ship, Triumph.
From what I have been hearing and that itself is very sparse because carnival is keeping the passengers from communicating what is really happening.
There has been food fights, people are pooping in bags and sleeping in tents on the open deck, no running water or sanitation, no cell phone usage. The very few who are getting out have used sat phones or relayed messages to a passing ship, they are literally prisoners.
Hobbyists is what I was thinking. There are some pretty amazing hobby craft flying. Some feature put you in the cockpit cameras. They also displat GPS info on the operators screen. Some screens are built into goggles!
I’d like to have one!
Of course there will soon be outrage over people flying them around neighborhoods. Can you imagine one hovering over a sunbathing babe or outside a bedroom window?
There are some small ones going on sale next month that will home in on you and follow you around recording what you do. Several could fly in formation around you.
Look for a ban soon!
Seeing as how these buffoons already shot up three innocent people who do not even come close to the description of Dorner, the denizens of CA should be afraid. Very afraid.
I was thinking they were landing gear to protect the payload, which is probably a camera of some sort. If this thing is battery powered, wouldn’t most of the juice go to just keeping it aloft?
Watch the video at the link, seems legit imo
Did not take them long to ban lead shot on these things....dang EPA.
I am never going to be able to use up this 800 lbs of lead shot in my life time.
Saw a video of a quadcopter with a gopro
camera mounted on it filming the aftermath
ofthe blizzard.Amazing video quality..zoom
up 200`,drop down and fly around the neighborhood
in peoples back yard,silent.
You can buy `em in a upscale mall.Scary
check out how high they have to fly... if they fly below a certain altitude they are in violation of FCC regs. If they are over your property, and your land is a certain acerage (5 acers here in VA.) you can shoot it down....
“Shadows against a clear blue sky? Probably photod against a blue table cloth. I call BS.”
Its real. I can’t find the link right now but you can buy those off the shelf. They are auto-piloted using built in GPS. Just tell it where to go using a computer interface and it flies itself to that point. It’s also programmable for fairly complex flight plans.
They come with options for cameras and other light payloads.
You can get one, they are based on open source technology.
Do a search on Arducopter. http://store.diydrones.com/category_s/28.htm
Makes a person wonder if Moslems in the US already have some form of weaponized drones that could say carry a biological agent into a theme park or something.
Personally I would definitely address the issue of an anti-drone defense net in key locations, especially outside public events.
“Watch the video at the link”
Why are you trolling for hits from a video you had nothing to do with?
Why send people to your blog? Video right here:
I can hear Ron Silver from the grave “Hey those are OUR drones now.”
How about a small acoustic drone that homes in on the sound of a small UAV and crashes into it, or drags a tough filament into its rotors?
Ron became one of the good guys after 9/11 he had an epiphany of sorts.
“I am perpetual/I keep the country clean.”
No, they're landing struts, like the legs on a regular helicopter.
It's about 4 ft. across so it really isn't that small.......
I dunno, they look like they are landing rails to set down on to me. Although, they could have antenna built into them.
Let’s go gor RC missiles - that will solve the problem.
If I were to get something like this and just have it hovering over say ... police headquarters or a federal building or maybe the neighborhood of some high profile politician how long would it take the laws to get changed?
Doesn’t appear to be armored... just sayin’...
I used to be pretty good at tossing playing cards across the room into the basket. And flicking bottle caps, too. Maybe I should sharpen back up. (No law against those - yet).
I might not be able to hit a hi-flyer, but if they start sending them within reach.....
think that is a concern look at the future
Speaking purely hypothetically, of course, anything that hovers and is four feet across is a potential rifle target at up to five hundred yards away or more for the equally hypothetical skilled shooter.
Awww. You mean you don’t trust your government? Government is really nice people, they would neeeeevvvveeer violate innocent citizens’ rights. They would never snoop on people without a warrant. They would never violate our rights.
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Those are landing gear, folks. This is a HEXACOPTER- Look for YouTube video - anyone can buy one
That’s a “hex-copter” (there are also “quad-copters” and “octo-copters” ... the antenna looking things are landing gear, and there’s a camera in a gimbal mount between them.
The multi-rotor copters are remarkably stable, and remarkably powerful. Each rotor is independently driven by its own miniature motor, computer control allows steering and directional motion by varying the speed of the individual motors.
It looks like a hobby helicopter that can carry a compact video camera. I saw one demonstrated that looked similar a few weeks back.
On the other hand, Oakland is a longstanding Holder city with a pretty bad gang problem so a few well-placed hellfire missiles on that city might be considered urban renewal.
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Looks like one of these.
Not US military, for private sale. Located in Greece.
> Those are almost certainly antennae on the bottom of that thing. Given how small they are, its either snooping cell phone traffic or wifi.
Or maybe they’re just landing gear... lol
Hmm. In Oakland, they call that a drone. In my neck of the woods, we call that a “target.”
I’m sure the military models are hardened, high flying and fast making them difficult (or impossible) to shoot down with small arms, but the thing pictured here would be a sitting duck. Think what a net would do to that thing let alone a few rounds of 556.