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  • Hezbollah Builds Runway For Suicide Drones

    04/26/2015 12:18:27 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 23 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...
  • Obama kills another American. And an ally. They were good guys.

    04/23/2015 4:29:37 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 18 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 04-23-15 | DrJohn
    An American drone strike in January killed four people in Afghanistan: An American and an Italian held hostage by al-Qaida, as well as two Americans working with the terror group, were inadvertently killed in U.S. counterterrorism operations earlier this year, the White House said Thursday. The White House said that Warren Weinstein, an American held by al-Qaida since 2011, and Giovanni Lo Porto, an Italian held since 2012, were killed in a January operation in the border region of Afghanistan and Pakistan. The operation targeted an al-Qaida-associated compound and there was no reason to believe either hostage was present,...
  • Dad uses drone to follow his daughter to school (photos)

    04/22/2015 11:48:39 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 24 replies
    Wired, ABC, 6abc. ^ | April 22, 2015
    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WPVI) -- Need a new way to keep tabs on your child? A father in Tennessee may have the answer. Chris Early uses an eye in the sky to watch his eight-year-old daughter. Early, from Knoxville, is a techie and he loves to play with his new drone. He owns a production company and loves to see what new things he can do with it. A few weeks ago he used it to when his daughter Katie asked to walk to school on her own. As she was walking out of the door, the father got out his...
  • Mysterious Drone Causing Headaches in Mansfield (Privacy RIP)

    04/21/2015 9:40:30 AM PDT · by C19fan · 72 replies
    NBCDFW.com ^ | Ray Villeda
    A Mansfield man says a drone was hovering outside his first floor window. He called police and was told there was little they could do about it.
  • Marines launched a kamikaze drone from an Osprey aircraft

    04/17/2015 10:10:41 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 16 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 4/17/15 | Dan Lamothe
    Flying a kamikaze drone armed with explosives from the back of an MV-22 Osprey aircraft, and directing it right into the insurgents fighting hole. The Marines tested a small unmanned aircraft known as the Switchblade recently at Twentynine Palms, Calif., flying it directly at targets from both the ground and the back of the Osprey, a long-range aircraft that has rotors like a helicopter, but can fly like a plane once they rotate forward. They were inert, with no explosives on board, but the mission went off without a hitch, said Col. James Adams, commanding officer of Marine Aviation Weapons...
  • Eye in the sky: Local constables using drones to fight crime

    04/17/2015 9:30:08 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 20 replies
    KHOU ^ | 4/16/15
    The Harris County Precinct 1 Constable's Office is doing something that no other agency in Harris County is believed to have done yet: Use drones to help fight crime. It's an eye in the sky for law enforcement, without giving up the element of surprise. "It could absolutely save lives," says Constable Alan Rosen. Rosen says the agency's two new $1,200 drones, which have been in use for three weeks, are game changers in getting intel before serving search warrants, on SWAT situations and even looking for escaped inmates. "You're not gonna detect that the drone is there because it's...
  • Chimpanzee Whacks Camera Drone Out of Mid-Air with a Stick VIDEO

    04/12/2015 3:19:03 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 23 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | 04/12/15 | Michael Zhang
    Pro tip: Dont fly your camera drone too close to chimpanzees. They might knock it out of the air using a stick. Thats what happened to one camera drone user over in the Netherlands while flying a drone in a zoos chimpanzee habitat. One of the chimps decided that enough is enough
  • Hillary Clinton replied to drone crash email with furniture inquiry: Sorry!

    03/31/2015 1:27:32 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 24 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 3-31-15 | Douglas Ernst
    Hillary Rodham Clintons mixture of personal and work email once resulted in a reply to a crashed drone story with inquiries about home decorations. Files obtained by The Associated Press show that Mrs. Clinton accidentally sent adviser Huma Abedin questions about the attractiveness of shelving units in response to a drone crash in Pakistan. I like the idea of these. How high are they? What would the bench be made of? And Id prefer two shelves or attractive boxes/baskets/ conmtainers (sic) on one. What do you think? Mrs. Clinton wrote, AP reported Tuesday. When Mrs. Abedin then asked if she...
  • Amazon.com moves drone testing to secret Canadian location after U.S. too slow granting permits

    03/30/2015 9:23:41 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 19 replies
    National Post ^ | March 30, 2015 | Tristin Hopper
    VANCOUVER Spurned by U.S. regulators, Amazon.com has turned to the one country where flying delivery robots are still welcome: Canada. On Monday, the U.K.s Guardian newspaper revealed that the online retail giant is testing its latest prototypes for package-carrying drones at a top-secret site in British Columbia. We are rapidly experimenting and iterating on Amazon Prime Air including outdoors at a rural test site in Canada, wrote Amazon spokesperson Kristen Kish in an email to the National Post. --- Located a mere 600 metres from the U.S. border, the Canadian testing grounds fulfill a lingering threat by Amazon...
  • US evacuates staff as Yemen on edge of civil war

    03/22/2015 5:08:23 AM PDT · by EBH · 55 replies
    AFP ^ | 3/22/2015 | Fawaz al-Haidari
    Aden (AFP) - The United States said it had evacuated all its staff from Yemen, whose embattled president has appealed for "urgent intervention" by the UN Security Council as attacks by Iran-backed rebels bring his country nearer to civil war. Due to the deteriorating security situation in Yemen, the US government has temporarily relocated its remaining personnel out of Yemen," State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke said in a statement. The evacuation comes after several suicide bombings claimed by the Islamic State group killed 142 people in Sanaa on Friday, with the jihadists seeking to exploit the chaos gripping the country....
  • Syria claims to shoot down US reconnaissance aircraft (Predator Drone)

    03/17/2015 1:42:18 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 12 replies
    <p>Syria's state news agency says the country's air defense forces have shot down a U.S. reconnaissance aircraft.</p> <p>SANA says the aircraft was downed Tuesday north of the coastal city of Latakia. It provided no further details.</p> <p>State television broadcast footage of what it said was the wreckage, including a wheel and electronic parts. Soldiers in camouflage could be seen loading some of the debris into the back of a truck.</p>
  • Woman Who Attacked Drone Photographer for Being a Pervert May Have Charges Dropped VIDEOS

    03/09/2015 9:39:45 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 12 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | 03/09/15 | Michael Zhang
    SOME PROFANITY The woman who was captured in a viral video last year attacking a drone photographer and calling him a pervert may have her charges dropped and record cleared.
  • The worlds tiniest drone shows privacy may be dead for good

    03/07/2015 7:47:52 AM PST · by shove_it · 33 replies
    BGR ^ | 5 May 2015 | Brad Reed
    Privacy seems like such a quaint 20th Century concept, doesnt it? Unbox Therapy has posted a video of the CX-10 Mini Drone, which is described as the worlds smallest drone and is a definite harbinger of things to come. In other words, it looks like privacy is finally toast. The good news with this particular drone is that Unbox Therapy says youll have to fly it indoors since its so small and light that a good gust of wind could blow it down. This means that you cant use it to secretly peep on into your neighbors window, for instance,...
  • Multiple Camera Drones Were Lost for This Imagery of a Volcanos Insides

    02/24/2015 8:28:59 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 22 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | 02/24/15 | Michael Zhang
    Explorer Sam Cossman recently employed the help of multiple drones to capture photos and footage of the Marum Crater in an active volcano on the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu. He ended up losing multiple drones in the process, but he left the island with spectacular images that will help provide a better understanding of the volcano and the life that exists around it.
  • Paris landmarks targeted in French night drone mystery

    02/24/2015 7:57:35 AM PST · by Lonely Bull · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | 24 February 2015
    Drones have been seen flying over several sensitive landmarks in Paris in a night-time mystery that French police say is being taken seriously. At least five of the unmanned aerial machines were spotted between midnight on Monday and 0600 on Tuesday, and none of the operators has been caught. The first appeared over the US embassy and there were later sightings near the Eiffel Tower and Place de la Concorde. French police believe the drone flights could be linked. Small drones are easy to buy but their appearance in recent months over sensitive locations has worried French authorities.
  • 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...
  • Drone from God-knows-where lands on White House lawn

    01/26/2015 7:35:50 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 34 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/26/15 | Dan Calabrese
    Too strange for fiction. At least it didnt run through the front door of the White House and into the East Room while Secret Service agents figured, no worries, the shrubs will stop it. Because that would never happen. Oh . . . CBS News was one of the first to report it:
  • 'Device' Discovered on White House Lawn

    01/26/2015 2:21:10 AM PST · by Libloather · 25 replies
    NBC News ^ | 1/26/15
    NEW DELHI, India A "device" was found on the lawn of the White House, President Barack Obama's press secretary said Monday. Josh Earnest confirmed the discovery during a briefing on Obama's trip to India. He said the device did not pose any immediate threat.
  • Drone Carrying Meth Crashes Near San Ysidro Port of Entry

    01/22/2015 12:26:19 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 53 replies
    nbcsandiego.com ^ | 1/22/2015 | Laura McVicker
    A drone carrying methamphetamine crashed in Mexico near the San Ysidro Port of Entry on Tuesday night. The unmanned aircraft hauling more than 6 pounds of crystal meth in six packages fell from the sky into the parking lot of a supermarket in Tijuana just before 10 p.m., according to Vicente Calderon, a Tijuana-based freelance journalist for NBC 7.
  • Man Jumps Into Water and Catches His New Camera Drone at the Last Possible Moment

    01/09/2015 6:50:56 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 3 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | Jan 09,2015 | Michael Zhang
    Zwier Spanjer recently purchased a DJI Phantom 2 camera drone and captured the video above on his first day of flying it outdoors. The flight didnt turn out the way Spanjer planned.
  • TTP commander Hafiz Gul Bahadur among 10 killed in drone strike: sources

    01/04/2015 5:43:49 AM PST · by csvset · 7 replies
    Geo TV ^ | 4 January 2014 | Wire
    MIRANSHAH: Ten people including outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Commander Hafiz Gul Bahadur are reportedly killed in drone strike in North Waziristan, Geo News reported. Sources said the unmanned aircraft fired two missiles at the compound of Hafiz Gul Bahadur, killing the TTP commander and 9 others in Alwar Mandi of Shawal area. Several other people also sustained injuries in the strike.
  • Anybody else got a drone?

    12/29/2014 9:06:03 PM PST · by djf · 32 replies
    12/29/2014 | djf
    Anybody else have a drone? I'm asking because I decided to get myself a cheapo Christmas present, and got a Hubsan. The small one. It's quite a challenge to fly... so far, I think I've taken off and landed a total of twice. All the other events have been crashes. The first time I tried it, I hooked it up on my coffee table, powered up the controller, and pushed the RPM's up. It VERY promptly took off, crashed into my roof but keep going, and landed at the top of a bookcase about 15 feet away... Wow! Since that...
  • Got a personal drone for Christmas? Use with caution

    12/25/2014 7:10:45 PM PST · by Libloather · 24 replies
    The Guardian via MSN ^ | 12/25/14 | Alex Hern
    **SNIP** But it could be difficult to make the most of a 2km range without infringing civil aviation regulations, which require UAS pilots to stay within eyesight of their drone, and use of the camera could infringe the privacy of passersby. The Civil Aviation Authority has issued guidance to help drone operators understand airspace regulations. Technically, drone operators must request permission from the CAA if they plan to fly a camera-equipped aircraft within congested areas, or within 50 metres of people or properties that are not under their control. They must also remain in visual line of sight of their...
  • Speaking rudely to terrorists is against American ideals but blowing up children is not?

    12/12/2014 7:53:53 AM PST · by Starman417 · 13 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 12-12-14 | DrJohn
    Killing children is part of the American ideal. It's who we are, says Obama. On behalf of the democrats on the SSIC Sen. Dianne Feinstein released a report describing what she called "torture." There has been much harrumphing about what is and what is not consistent with American values and what we stand for as Americans. Torture is "contrary to our values" says Barack Obama: President Obama said Tuesday he hopes a Senate report detailing troubling CIA interrogation practices will help the U.S. prevent actions contrary to our values in the future. One of the strengths that makes America exceptional...
  • America Trades Torture for Drones

    12/10/2014 2:50:30 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | December 9, 2014 | by KATHY GILSINAN
    ... As far back as 2004, notes Micah Zenko of the Council on Foreign Relations, the CIA began moving away from capturing and detaining suspected terrorists in favor of killing them via drone strikes. Zenko's own tally, based on reporting from non-governmental research organizations, puts the rough death toll at around 3,500 people. These include an unknown number of civilian casualties believed by independent researchers to number at least in the hundreds; the Obama administration reportedly counts "all military-age males in a strike zone as combatants," which produces lower estimates of civilian casualties. Tuesday's report from the Senate Intelligence Committee,...
  • Seriously Epic Drone Footage from Iceland to Get Your Heart and Wanderlust Racing

    12/08/2014 1:05:40 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 16 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | Dec 7, 2014 | DL Cade
    If Patrick and Lee from Fstoppers and landscape/travel photographer Elia Locardis goal was to get our hearts racing, theyve succeeded in spades with the drone footage they just released from their time in Iceland. A quick cut of the best drone footage theyve captured while in Iceland filming one portion of a much larger project, all of the video you see was filmed with a DJI Phantom 2, GoPro Hero 4 Silver and Zenmuse H3-3D gimbal.
  • How Yemen rescue attempt went wrong

    12/06/2014 9:38:37 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 6, 2014 | Timothy Cama
    United States military and intelligence officials are still piecing together what happened early Saturday that sabotaged an attempt to rescue two hostages from al Qaeda in Yemen. Despite being ready with a roughly 40-man special operations team and days to plan the operation, U.S. photojournalist Luke Somers and South African teacher Pierre Korki both died shortly after the midnight raid. The key problem, officials told the Wall Street Journal, came when some kind of sound alerted militants who were holding the hostages that the special operations team was nearby. The militants were part of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula,...
  • 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 nations 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 nations busiest airports, presenting...
  • Does China have a SUPERSONIC drone? Claims secret 'Dark Sword' project may already have flown

    11/25/2014 5:41:23 AM PST · by C19fan · 3 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 25, 2014 | Sarah Griffiths and Mark Prigg
    It is a battle to send a drone supersonic - and pits China against Britain. Experts have claimed that China's drone, called Dark Sword, is under secret development. It was unveiled in 2006 at an airshow, but has since disappeared from public view.
  • Doubts over legitimacy of Iran replicated RQ-170 drone video

    11/12/2014 11:35:05 AM PST · by Fali_G · 8 replies
    Lisa Daftari ^ | 11/12/2014 | Lisa Daftari
    Iranian state TV has released video footage claiming the country has successfully replicated a highly sophisticated U.S. stealth drone that crashed over Iran in 2011. The video released Wednesday includes both aerial and ground footage, demonstrating a black pilotless aircraft closely resembling a RQ-170 sentinel stealth drone, flying over a mountainous area of Iran before touching down at an unmanned air base. Segments of the video appear to be genuine, David Cenciotti, founder of The Aviatonist a military aviation blog said, while some of the frames showing the drone landing appear to be computer generated, showing a smaller prototype model...
  • Iran Unleashes Reverse-Engineered US Drone In First Test Flight

    11/10/2014 8:54:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 11/10/2014 | Tyler Durden
    Almost three years ago, Iran reportedly downed a US drone. The RQ-170 Sentinel recon drone that was reportedly captured has apparently been reverse-engineered, and now, as Reuters reports, Iran state news agency IRNA reports the drone-clone has taken its first flight. Iran's Supreme Leader noted, "Today is a very sweet and unforgettable day for me." Of course, this 'news' should be taken with a modest pinch of salt but, as with everything in foreign policy these days, Brigadier General Ali Hajizadeh states that "a film of the flight will be released soon."The clip of the downed drone from 2011......
  • 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 havent 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 countrys 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 terrorists tool, Deputy Chief Salvatore DiPace said. Weve seen some video where the drone was flying at different targets along the...
  • RC Controlled ISIS & Other Pre-Halloween Treats

    10/26/2014 7:02:18 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 1 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 10-27-2014 | MOTUS
    Lets kick the Halloween week off with a couple of classic themed costumes: 1. The radio-controlled witch costume, designed by Otto Dieffenbach III, as seen flying over the ocean near Carlsbad California earlier this month: 2. The Religion of Pieces costume, designed by a radio controlled bomb compliments of the U.S. Air Force, as seen on a former member of ISIS, flying somewhere in the skies near Kurdistan earlier this month. Whichever costume you choose, please be sure to keep your head while wearing it, as these are actual flying models and may be dangerous if used improperly. Because what...
  • 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 Russias 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 Russias Central Marine Engineering Design Bureau Almaz and United Shipbuilding Corporation expect the keel to be laid next year, possibly at St. Petersburgs 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...
  • Angry Bird: Hawk knocks drone out of the sky

    10/09/2014 5:23:50 PM PDT · by BigEdLB · 56 replies
    Fox 5 San Diego ^ | 10/9/14 | Fox 5 Digital Team
    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. A hawk swooping in and attacking a drone while it was flying over a park in Massachusetts Wednesday was captured on video. (HT Drudge)
  • Obama Drone?! Gwyneth Paltrow-Mocking Posters Pop Up Ahead of Presidential Visit

    10/09/2014 6:46:59 AM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 16 replies
    Yahoo news ^ | October 9, 2014 | Mike Krumboltz
    Gwyneth Paltrow's Los Angeles neighborhood is home to some unwelcoming artwork. Posters plastered on telephone poles and utility boxes mock the Oscar-winning actress's support for President Obama ahead of his visit to her home for a Democratic fundraiser on Thursday. There appear to be two different posters, each tacked up in multiple areas around Brentwood. One features a photo of Obama, torn away from the American flag. The poster reads "Conscious Uncoupling," a phrase popularized by Paltrow and her ex, rocker Chris Martin, when they called it quits
  • Drone Shows Thousands Filling Hong Kong Streets

    10/01/2014 3:08:12 AM PDT · by csvset · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | Sep 29, 2014 | Nero Chan
    Video at source. Thousands of demonstrators turned out in downtown Hong Kong on September 29 to support a protest over Beijings decision to reject calls for open nominations for the election of Hong Kongs chief executive in 2017. In this footage, a drone captured the scale of the crowd making its way through the skyscrapers of the former British colonys central business district.
  • Dramatic aerial drone footage of Hong Kong protests - video

    09/30/2014 4:44:51 PM PDT · by mojito · 16 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 9/30/2014 | n/a
    Aerial footage filmed by a drone shows the large number of people joining pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.
  • Man Accused Of Shooting Down Drone

    09/30/2014 12:19:11 PM PDT · by Paul46360 · 114 replies
    CBS Philly ^ | 9-30-14
    "LOWER TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBS) A New Jersey man was arrested after police say he shot down a neighbors remote control drone."
  • Drone Exemptions for Hollywood Pave the Way for Widespread Use

    09/27/2014 5:19:22 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 32 replies
    NYT ^ | SEPT. 25, 2014 | BROOKS BARNES
    Drone Exemptions for Hollywood Pave the Way for Widespread Use By BROOKS BARNESSEPT. 25, 2014 LOS ANGELES The commercial use of drones in American skies took a leap forward on Thursday with the help of Hollywood. The Federal Aviation Administration, responding to applications from seven filmmaking companies and pressure from the Motion Picture Association of America, said six of those companies could use camera-equipped drones on certain movie and television sets. Until now, the F.A.A. has not permitted commercial drone use except for extremely limited circumstances in wilderness areas of Alaska. Put bluntly, this is the first time that...
  • A Wearable Camera That Turns Into a Drone and Flies Off Your Wrist

    09/26/2014 5:32:58 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 9 replies
    Digitalwack ^ | 9/26/2014 | Digitalwack
    Meet Nixie, a wearable camera 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 we 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 wrist,...
  • Tiny robot learns to fly a real plane

    09/23/2014 7:22:31 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 18 replies
    CNET ^ | September 22, 2014 | Michelle Starr
    A small, hobby-sized robot could herald the pilot of the future. At just 39.7cm (15.6in) tall, PIBOT -- a portmanteau of "pilot" and "robot" and not to be confused with Raspberry Pi-powered PiBot or 3D printer PiBot -- has been trained by researchers at KAIST to fly a human-sized aeroplane. The robot, presented at IROS Chicago earlier this month, has a video camera built into its "face", with software built in for runway detection and other visual cues. The rest of the buttons, sticks and switches allow the robot to control throttle, braking pitch, yaw, altitude, velocity, and direction, information...
  • Iran Demands Israel be Condemned Over Drone

    09/12/2014 11:30:37 AM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 3 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 9/12/2014 | Ben Ariel
    Iran calls on the United Nations atomic agency to condemn Israel over the drone Iran downed above the Natanz uranium enrichment site. Snip .... accused Israel of a "flagrant violation" of the Islamic Republic's territorial integrity "in contravention of the principles of international law and provision of the United Nations charter." The Iranian Revolutionary Guards' Air Force claimed that the drone was an Israeli-made "Hermes" drone with a maximum flight range of 1,600 km (994 miles) and a 800-km (500 mile) combat radius. Israeli officials declined to comment on the allegation by its arch foe, which the Jewish state and...
  • Mystery drone lands in family's backyard

    09/12/2014 7:33:35 AM PDT · by Brother Cracker · 60 replies
    wxyz ^ | Sep 11, 2014 | Jonathan Carlson
    (WXYZ) Allen Park, Mich. - A mystery drone is the talk of Allen Park, as a family there watched the flying device land in their backyard. The operator--nowhere to be found. "We freaked out," said homeowner Roman Urista. He and his family were sitting in the backyard around a fire recently, when the drone hovered overhead, lights on and propellers roaring. It crash landed in the family's yard, still buzzing. "It didn't look like a hobby toy to me," said Urista. The Drone, valued at around $500, was equipped with an onboard camera. The family was scared to go near...
  • Drone Video Captures Apple's Campus 2 "Spaceship" Under Construction

    09/02/2014 10:55:27 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Tuesday, Sep 2, 2014 | Lisa Fernandez
    It looks like Stonehenge. A doughnut. A giant sand castle. Those were just some of the comments a new drone video taken with a GoPro camera of the futuristic Apple Campus 2 was garnering after the eight-minute raw piece was posted to YouTube. As of Monday, the aerial image of the campus under construction in Cupertino on Tantau Avenue had more than 1.3 million views and 500 comments. "Wow, this looks huge," Dustin W. Stout wrote in the comments section of the video. "I've seen mockups previously of what the site is going to look like, but seeing it like...
  • 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. KXANs cameras spotted the drone flying above the stadium. The drone had red and green lights on it. It also had a camera. We werent 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 announces its own delivery drones project

    08/30/2014 6:04:56 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 27 replies
    Economist ^ | Aug 29th, 2014
    Winging it Google announces its own delivery drones project Aug 29th 2014 | SAN FRANCISCO | Business and finance AT THE end of 2013, Amazon made quite a media splash when it revealed that it had been testing the use of small drones to deliver packages. The company is betting that the airborne marvels will eventually be able to transport parcels to customers within a ten-mile radius of the vast network of warehouses that it runs. But it is not the only tech giant with its eyes on the sky. On August 28th Google announced that its secretive "Google X"...