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Wierd, Unknown Drone Photographed Hovering Over Oakland Neighborhoods
Reaganite Republican ^ | 12 February 2013 | Reaganite Republican

Posted on 02/12/2013 3:49:51 AM PST by 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:



Video/more at Reaganite Republican...

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ACAD   NOMBY (Not Over My Back Yard)   Intoon


TOPICS: Government; Local News; Politics; Science
KEYWORDS: california; drones; police; uav
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1 posted on 02/12/2013 3:50:02 AM PST by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican

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.


2 posted on 02/12/2013 3:52:02 AM PST by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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3 posted on 02/12/2013 3:53:44 AM PST by Reaganite Republican
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To: Little Pig

Or surveillance. They don’t need large drones to take pictures.


4 posted on 02/12/2013 3:54:07 AM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Little Pig

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....


5 posted on 02/12/2013 3:55:09 AM PST by Eye of Unk
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To: Reaganite Republican

Any good duck load will be sufficient!


6 posted on 02/12/2013 3:55:09 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Little Pig

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.


7 posted on 02/12/2013 3:56:23 AM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Jonty30

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”).


8 posted on 02/12/2013 3:57:08 AM PST by Chainmail (A simple rule of life: if you can be blamed, you're responsible.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Or maybe even a Frisbee lol


9 posted on 02/12/2013 3:57:18 AM PST by Reaganite Republican
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Would not be too hard to build an anti-drone RC vehicle.


10 posted on 02/12/2013 4:00:47 AM PST by Eye of Unk
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To: Reaganite Republican

Shadows against a clear blue sky? Probably photo’d against a blue table cloth. I call BS.


11 posted on 02/12/2013 4:01:14 AM PST by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: Chainmail

Maybe some amateur radio operator is experimenting, possibly a repeater or beacon? Or getting ready for field day.


12 posted on 02/12/2013 4:03:25 AM PST by RadiationRomeo (Step into my mind and glimpse the madness that is me)
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To: Reaganite Republican

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.


13 posted on 02/12/2013 4:05:36 AM PST by Eye of Unk
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To: FreedomPoster

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!


14 posted on 02/12/2013 4:08:29 AM PST by prisoner6 (Right Wing Nuts bolt the Constitution together as the loose screws of the Left fall out!)
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To: Reaganite Republican

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.

15 posted on 02/12/2013 4:10:07 AM PST by Bon mots (Abu Ghraib: 47 Times on the front page of the NY Times | Benghazi: 2 Times)
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To: Little Pig

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?


16 posted on 02/12/2013 4:12:29 AM PST by laker_dad
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To: Safetgiver

Watch the video at the link, seems legit imo


17 posted on 02/12/2013 4:12:29 AM PST by Reaganite Republican
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

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.


18 posted on 02/12/2013 4:14:50 AM PST by eartick (Been to the line in the sand and liked it)
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To: FreedomPoster

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


19 posted on 02/12/2013 4:15:40 AM PST by Harold Shea (RVN `70 - `71)
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To: Reaganite Republican

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....


20 posted on 02/12/2013 4:22:38 AM PST by SouthernBoyupNorth ("For my wings are made of Tungsten, my flesh of glass and steel..........")
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To: Safetgiver

“Shadows against a clear blue sky? Probably photo’d 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.


21 posted on 02/12/2013 4:27:06 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Reaganite Republican
Six blades/motors - with a camera and the landing gear or skids...the number of blades allows smooth transition for the camera...a small portable UAV...or VTOL

22 posted on 02/12/2013 4:27:46 AM PST by BCW (http://babylonscovertwar.com/index.html)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER; Jonty30
Since video cameras would be the first element of its payload, a duck load would identify the person who shot it down. However, I've got to believe that those cameras aren't looking up. The lack of hemispherical situational awareness of the operator is my chief argument against them being allowed to operate above 500 ft AGL. $50-60 will get you a sacrificial RC helo that could try to land on top of the offending voyeur ("Peeping Tom" for those of you in Rio Lindo). Not that I would ever do such a destructive thing, of course. Merely speculating what could happen.
23 posted on 02/12/2013 4:31:19 AM PST by Pecos (If more sane people carried guns, fewer crazies would get off a second shot.)
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To: prisoner6; All

http://kits.makezine.com/blog-post/hardware-the-hard-way/

You can get one, they are based on open source technology.

Do a search on Arducopter. http://store.diydrones.com/category_s/28.htm


24 posted on 02/12/2013 4:35:20 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

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.


25 posted on 02/12/2013 4:35:48 AM PST by Eye of Unk
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To: Reaganite Republican

“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:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=KjUPaFPw_d0


26 posted on 02/12/2013 4:36:22 AM PST by humblegunner
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To: Reaganite Republican

I can hear Ron Silver from the grave “Hey those are OUR drones now.”


27 posted on 02/12/2013 4:36:22 AM PST by MomwithHope (Buy and read Ameritopia by Mark Levin!)
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To: Reaganite Republican

Bookmark


28 posted on 02/12/2013 4:38:37 AM PST by DocRock (All they that TAKE the sword shall perish with the sword. Matthew 26:52 Gun grabbers beware.)
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To: Pecos

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?


29 posted on 02/12/2013 4:40:36 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: MomwithHope
I can hear Ron Silver from the grave “Hey those are OUR drones now.”

Ron became one of the good guys after 9/11 he had an epiphany of sorts.

30 posted on 02/12/2013 4:41:16 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Reaganite Republican

“I am perpetual/I keep the country clean.”


31 posted on 02/12/2013 4:42:23 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Little Pig
Those are almost certainly antennae on the bottom of that thing.

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.......

32 posted on 02/12/2013 4:44:37 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon or just throw her from the train......)
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To: Reaganite Republican

From Denver:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8X6zquGFnk&feature=player_embedded


33 posted on 02/12/2013 4:46:28 AM PST by JohnnyP
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To: Little Pig

I dunno, they look like they are landing rails to set down on to me. Although, they could have antenna built into them.


34 posted on 02/12/2013 4:48:34 AM PST by Mechanicos (When did we amend the Constitution for a 2nd Federal Prohibition?)
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To: Pecos

Let’s go gor RC missiles - that will solve the problem.


35 posted on 02/12/2013 4:52:51 AM PST by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now it is your turn ...)
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To: Reaganite Republican

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?


36 posted on 02/12/2013 4:54:53 AM PST by Pan_Yan
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To: Hot Tabasco

Doesn’t appear to be armored... just sayin’...


37 posted on 02/12/2013 4:55:18 AM PST by Oberon (Big Brutha Be Watchin'.)
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To: Reaganite Republican
Well, that took all of 5 minutes to find one of these for sale: Dji S800. Pricey( $6559), but there's a stripped down version at $1900.
38 posted on 02/12/2013 4:56:43 AM PST by Riflema
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
Any good duck load will be sufficient!

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.....

39 posted on 02/12/2013 4:58:00 AM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: Reaganite Republican

http://www.ted.com/talks/vijay_kumar_robots_that_fly_and_cooperate.html
think that is a concern look at the future


40 posted on 02/12/2013 5:14:45 AM PST by ronnie raygun (Lexington and Concord Americans experience thier first gun grab attempt)
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To: P.O.E.

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.


41 posted on 02/12/2013 5:16:18 AM PST by Oberon (Big Brutha Be Watchin'.)
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To: Reaganite Republican

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.


42 posted on 02/12/2013 5:16:38 AM PST by I want the USA back (dream on.)
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To: Reaganite Republican

Wierd, unknown word at Free Republic.


43 posted on 02/12/2013 5:21:34 AM PST by LadyEleanor (How Do I change my tagline?)
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To: Little Pig
"Those are almost certainly antennae on the bottom of that thing."

Those are landing gear, folks. This is a HEXACOPTER- Look for YouTube video - anyone can buy one

44 posted on 02/12/2013 5:25:15 AM PST by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: Little Pig

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.


45 posted on 02/12/2013 5:26:03 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Reaganite Republican

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.

FUBO & FAD


46 posted on 02/12/2013 5:27:06 AM PST by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: Reaganite Republican

Looks like one of these.

Not US military, for private sale. Located in Greece.

47 posted on 02/12/2013 5:32:01 AM PST by Kenton
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To: Little Pig

> 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.

Or maybe they’re just landing gear... lol


48 posted on 02/12/2013 5:37:20 AM PST by jsanders2001
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To: Reaganite Republican

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.


49 posted on 02/12/2013 5:37:39 AM PST by IamConservative (The soul of my lifes journey is Liberty!)
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To: Reaganite Republican

Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjUPaFPw_d0&feature=player_embedded#!


50 posted on 02/12/2013 5:37:39 AM PST by LadyEleanor (How Do I change my tagline?)
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