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  • UKRAINE: Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine are preparing for something big [VIDEO]

    04/24/2015 9:13:45 PM PDT · by · 36 replies
    WASHINGTON Reuters ^ | Apr. 23, 2015, | Lesley Wroughton,
    The United States on Wednesday accused Russia of building up air defense systems inside eastern Ukraine and of involvement in training exercises of pro-Russian rebels in breach of a European-brokered truce. "This is the highest amount of Russian air defense equipment in eastern Ukraine since August," State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said in a statement. She said the increasingly complex nature of the training exercises "leaves no doubt that Russia is involved." "The training has also incorporated Russian UAV's (unmanned aerial vehicles), an unmistakable sign of Russian presence," Harf added. Fighting has picked up in eastern Ukraine in recent weeks...
  • Pols celebrate new airfield facility on fort. Congressional delegation told of fort's importance

    12/19/2014 11:26:40 AM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA — Libby Army Airfield saw its flying missions officially increase with the ribbon cutting opening a new facility Thursday. And, the flight missions will not involve Army or Air Force aircraft, but rather those of the Arizona Air National Guard. The 214th Reconnaissance Group has been operating MQ-1 Predators since 2006. Construction of a facility on the local Army post provides the group with a home for its launch and recovery training missions, said Air Guard Brig. Gen. Ted Maxwell, the commander of the Arizona Air National Guard.
  • Drones: toys or terrors?

    04/16/2014 5:46:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Connecticut Post ^ | April 13, 2014 | Robert Miller and Michael P. Mayko
    At The Hobby Center in Danbury, Karl LaLonde, the store's owner, holds the Proto X in the palm of his hand. It's the size of a fairly healthy tarantula. LaLonde has decorated it with an orange piece of plastic shaped like a bird's beak. Switched on, its four tiny propellers spin. Under LaLonde's control via a joystick, it lifts off the counter and scoots around the store's airspace. The Proto X costs $50. "You can get a camera to fit it," LaLonde said. It's the smallest of the many UAVs -- unmanned aerial vehicles -- LaLonde sells. Business is good....
  • Prepare for drones that ‘perch’ on power lines to recharge, never have to land

    04/09/2014 10:11:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 9, 2014 | Douglas Ernst
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Imagine a world where drones never have to touch the ground after takeoff. That’s what MIT PhD. candidate Joseph Moore did, and now he’s on the cusp of creating a drone that can “perch” on power lines just like birds to recharge its batteries. Mr. Moore gave Business Insider a demonstration of the technology he’s perfecting by using a glider as proof of concept. In short, if a drone is equipped with the a magnetometer it should be possible to make the aircraft capable of identifying magnetic fields given off by power lines, home in on the signal they emit,...
  • Rolls-Royce believes time of drone cargo ships has come

    03/02/2014 5:35:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    Russia Times ^ | February 26, 2014
    ​Marine innovation engineering department at Rolls-Royce has presented a draft design of an ocean-going robo-vessel that could enter service within a decade. Experts remain highly skeptical that computers could replace human instincts anytime soon. Rolls-Royce (RR/) Holdings Plc, which started designing autonomous cargo vessels in 2013, have presented in Bloomberg original computer design of crewless cargo ships. The vessels have a distinct difference from all modern ships: they lack any deck housing whatsoever. "The idea of a remote-controlled ship is not new, it has been around for decades, but the difference is the technology now exists,” announced Oskar Levander, head...
  • Drone use highlights questions for journalists

    02/11/2014 6:31:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    <p>As police responded to a deadly car crash, they noticed an increasingly familiar sight: a remote-controlled aircraft, equipped with a video camera, hovering over the wreckage.</p> <p>The Federal Aviation Administration has opened an investigation of the drone, which was used by an on-call employee for a Connecticut television station. The FAA is developing new rules as the technology makes drones far more versatile, but for now operators can run afoul of regulations by using them for commercial purposes, including journalism.</p>
  • FBI Fesses Up: We’ve Used Domestic Drones 10 Times

    07/28/2013 5:01:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    Slate ^ | July 26, 2013 | Ryan Gallagher
    Last month, the FBI admitted it had used surveillance drones in domestic airspace but refused to disclose specific details. Now, after pressure from Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., the bureau has been forced to come clean. In a recent letter to Paul, published on the senator’s website Thursday, the FBI acknowledges that it has used drones domestically in 10 cases in response to a “specific, operational need.” The bureau says that, since late 2006, it has used unmanned planes for surveillance to support missions related to kidnappings, search and rescue operations, drug interdictions, and fugitive investigations. On eight occasions the drones...
  • Today's Drone Test Changes Everything About Unmanned Aerial Warfare (Launched from USS GHW Bush)

    07/10/2013 3:15:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 10, 2013 | Brian Jones
    Today, off the coast of Virginia on the USS George H.W. Bush, the U.S. Navy successfully landed an X-47B drone aboard an aircraft carrier for the first time. "It isn't very often you get a glimpse of the future," Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus said in an official Navy release. The landing of the fighter jet-sized drone, which is larger than the Predator drones common in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Yemen, represents a watershed moment in the wielding of unmanned aerial vehicles. "The operational unmanned aircraft soon to be developed have the opportunity to radically change the way presence and...
  • Roaches, Mosquitoes, and Birds: The Coming Micro-Drone Revolution

    04/15/2013 6:46:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | April 15, 2013 | John W. Whitehead
    “[Drones are a] game-changing technology, akin to gunpowder, the steam engine, the atomic bomb—opening up possibilities that were fiction a generation earlier but also opening up perils that were unknown a generation ago.”—Peter Singer, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution America will never be a “no drone zone.” That must be acknowledged from the outset. There is too much money to be made on drones, for one, and too many special interest groups—from the defense sector to law enforcement to the so-called “research” groups that are in it for purely “academic” reasons—who have a vested interest in ensuring that drones...
  • Oregon Company to Sell Drone Defense Technology to Public

    03/16/2013 10:17:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    US News and World Report ^ | March 15, 2013 | Jason Koebler
    Do you want to keep drones out of your backyard? An Oregon company says that it has developed and will soon start selling technology that disables unmanned aircraft. The company, called Domestic Drone Countermeasures, was founded in late February because some of its engineers see unmanned aerial vehicles—which are already being flown by law enforcement in some areas and could see wider commercial integration into American airspace by 2015—as unwanted eyes in the sky. "I was personally concerned and I think there's a lot of other people worried about this," says Timothy Faucett, a lead engineer on the project. "We've...
  • Coming Soon: A $100 Drone To Do Your Bidding

    03/08/2013 3:12:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Co.EXIST ^ | July 16, 2012 | Ariel Schwartz, Senior Editor
    Have some aerial photography you need done? Drones aren’t just for hunting terrorists anymore. Soon, you’ll be able to buy and launch your own UAV for cheap. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)--or drones--have been used in the U.S. for over 50 years, largely for military purposes. It makes sense; drones can be used for surveillance and fighting enemies without putting pilots at risk. But there are plenty of uses for unmanned camera-equipped drones outside of the military, including documenting protest situations, monitoring fertilizer applications and water distribution on farms, and just taking pretty pictures. Drones for Peace, a project currently working...
  • Journalism Students Are Learning To Operate Drones For…Journalism? (Although it's illegal)

    02/25/2013 12:08:50 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | February 24, 2013 | Lily Newman
    In an attempt to keep pace with rapidly evolving technology, the journalism schools at the University of Missouri and University of Nebraska both offer classes on drone reporting, in spite of the fact that this practice is currently illegal for professional journalists. Domestic drone regulations are changing quickly. For example the Missouri state government is currently considering a bill that would prohibit the use of drones for agricultural monitoring. Such practices are being championed by companies like Monsanto, which claim that using drones to collect data about crops would reduce operating costs. While drones offer clear advantages for field checks...
  • Secrets of Darpa's Innovation Machine

    02/17/2013 11:27:08 AM PST · by oxcart · 12 replies
    Forbes ^ | 2/15/2013 | Ted Greenwald
    Lots of people like to think of government as a black hole that sucks in tax dollars and allows nothing of value to emerge. They haven’t taken a look at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. This secretive research arm of the Defense Department has a unique mission: to embrace the most wide-eyed visions of the future and manifest them in the here and now. Founded in 1958 as a shocked and fearful response to Russia‘s launch of Sputnik, the first artificial satellite, Darpa has over 45 years racked up a consistent record of innovation that has utterly transformed contemporary...
  • Obama: The rules for drone strikes are different here in the U.S. than they are overseas

    02/15/2013 6:22:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 15, 2013 | Allahpundit
    A nice catch by the Examiner’s Charlie Spiering, especially after Rand Paul threatened to block Brennan unless/until he provides a straight answer on whether drones can be used against U.S. citizens here in the United States. This doesn’t quite qualify as a straight answer but it’s the closest we’ve come yet: “The rules outside of the United States are going to be different than the rules inside the United States,” Obama explained. “In part because our capacity to capture a terrorist inside the United States are very different than in the foothills or mountains of Afghanistan or Pakistan.” I mentioned...
  • Bring on the Drones!

    02/10/2013 8:02:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Center for a Stateless Society ^ | February 4, 2013 | Kevin Carson
    Most analysis of drone technology from libertarian futurists these days is pretty pessimistic. They’re generally treated as part of a larger techno-fascist scenario, like the U.S. global hegemony (enforced by orbital lasers and remote-controlled UN teletroopers) depicted in Ken Macleod’s Fall Revolution novels. That’s an understandable temptation. After all, drones (combined with mobile operations like the assassination of bin Laden in May 2011) seem to have given the United States an unprecedented ability to take out the leadership and many of the rank-and-file of networked resistance movements like al Qaeda, far more cheaply than the old model of counter-insurgency warfare....
  • FL police want to use drones for crowd control: Bill would ban drones except for terrorism...

    02/07/2013 8:45:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    WKMG-TV ^ | February 7, 2013
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Police want legislation that would limit their use of drones to include an exception for crowd control. The sponsor, though, told a Senate committee on Wednesday he would vote against his own bill if such an exception is added. Sen. Joe Negron, a Stuart Republican, said the exception would have allowed King George to use drones against the Boston Tea Party if the unmanned aircraft had existed in the 18th century. The Community Affairs Committee unanimously approved the bill (SB 92), although several members urged Negron to consider loosening its restrictions. The bill would ban the use...
  • Texas "Anti Drone" Laws Would be Toughest in USA

    02/07/2013 8:28:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    WOAI-AM ^ | February 7, 2013 | Jim Forsyth
    Texas would have the toughest anti-drone legislation in the country under a bill filed by State Rep. Lance Gooden (R-Terrell). 1200 WOAI's Michael Board reports that Gooden has introduced a measure which would outlaw the use of drones by individuals, or state or federal law enforcement. Gooden tells 1200 WOAI news that his bill would have limited exceptions, including allowing drones within 25 miles of the Rio Grande for drug and illegal immigrant interdiction programs, or for use by law enforcement with a valid search or arrest warrant, with 'probable cause to believe that a person has committed a felony.'...
  • The private drone industry is like Apple in 1984

    01/26/2013 11:03:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Yahoo! Finance / Quartz ^ | January 25, 2013 | Tim Fernholz
    You never forget your first drone. When the Phantom first takes off, it sounds like a swarm of bees. But when it rockets 200 feet into the air at 25 miles per hour, you can’t hear it at all. It’s just a small dot with blinking lights, waiting where you tell it to wait, taking pictures with its camera until you ask it to come back home. When the chief executive of DJI’s American subsidiary, Colin Guinn, came to Los Angeles to sell film studios on his company’s professional-grade unmanned aerial vehicles, he also let Quartz test-drive the company’s newest...
  • Border Patrol adding drones

    05/10/2004 6:21:26 PM PDT · by SandRat · 28 replies · 206+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | 5/10/04 | Ignacio Ibarra
    When the U.S. Border Patrol launches its two new remote-controlled, camera-equipped aerial vehicles later this month to help in the search for illegal border crossers, it won't be the first border watch group to do so in the state. American Border Patrol, a private group based in Cochise County, recently marked a year of unmanned aerial vehicle patrols ....
  • Technology Removes Need for Human Pilots

    11/23/2003 2:32:10 PM PST · by Bobby777 · 115 replies · 206+ views
    Yahoo! News - Technology -m Reuters ^ | Sun Nov 23, 9:43 AM ET | By Chelsea Emery
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Wright Brothers demonstrated that man could fly. A century later, we're looking at a future in which planes fly without humans. Uninhabited Aerial Vehicles, or UAVs, are taking to the skies as military and civilian organizations turn to remote-operated planes or helicopters to perform tasks considered dull, dirty or dangerous. Already, drones have dropped bombs in the Middle East, snapped images of dangerous terrain from thousands of feet in the air and monitored traffic on congested roads. Some commentators have even suggested that Lockheed Martin's high-tech F-35 Joint Strike Fighter may be the last inhabited...
  • Drones May Be Allowed to Share U.S. Skies

    10/04/2003 6:51:36 AM PDT · by Archangelsk · 20 replies · 236+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 100403 | Renae Merle
    Drones May Be Allowed to Share U.S. Skies By Renae Merle Washington Post Staff Writer Saturday, October 4, 2003; Page E01 NASA launched a program this month budgeted at more than $100 million aimed at allowing unmanned aircraft to share the skies with commercial airliners, bolstering what the defense industry hopes will eventually be a multibillion-dollar market for drones. The program would initially permit unmanned aerial vehicles, known as UAVs, to fly at about 40,000 feet, which is above most commercial traffic. By the end of five years, unmanned aircraft would be allowed to join general air traffic, flying as...
  • Domestic Spying: Mini-Drone Can Watch Neighbors From Above

    08/10/2012 3:43:21 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 24 replies
    CBS DC ^ | August 10,2012 | —Benjamin Fearnow
    Controlling the drone is intuitive and touch-sensitive to the iPod or iPad controller. Power it on and the four propellers will lift the miniature aircraft up off the ground. Simply press a button and the drone will rise up a meter higher into the air and then sit and wait for your next command. To move the drone around, simply tilt your iPhone or iPad in any direction you desire. The WiFi remote connection from one’s phone only extends 200 feet, which is shorter than it sounds, according to many users in the blogosphere. But to use your phone just...
  • Feds recruit private sector to expand drone use

    07/12/2012 10:56:57 AM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 4 replies
    U.S. Trade & AId Monitor ^ | July 12, 2012 | Steve Peacock
    The federal government’s expanded use of drones over U.S. airspace for “humanitarian assistance and homeland security” purposes soon will receive a boost of assistance from the private sector. A cadre of contracted “subject-matter experts” will help devise national policies and procedures governing unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs. In order to “facilitate the safe expansion” of the Obama administration’s domestic drone deployment, the U.S. Air Force Safety Center, or AFSC, will outsource to industry the assembling of this expert crew, according to a Sources Sought document that U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor discovered via routine database research. The release of a...
  • Azeris get Israel UAVs built under license

    10/10/2011 4:31:51 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 4 replies
    Spacewar/UPI ^ | Oct 7, 2011
    Azerbaijan is expected to acquire 60 small Israeli-designed unmanned aerial vehicles built under license in the oil-rich former Soviet republic that's moving closer to the Jewish state as the Baku government modernizes its military. The burgeoning military and intelligence alliance between the countries is causing growing concern in Iran, Azerbaijan's southern neighbor, and in nearby longtime rival Armenia. The Israeli Aerostar and Orbiter 2M UAVs are being manufactured by Baku's Azad Systems Co., a joint venture between Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry and Aeronautics Defense Systems of Israel.
  • Fort’s leader outlines busy upcoming slate

    02/18/2011 7:38:58 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies
    SIERRA VISTA — The importance of Fort Huachuca can be seen with the number of new construction projects which will start soon and future ones planned for upcoming years, Brig. Gen. Gregg Potter said Thursday. New facilities, worth $15 million for the Army’s Gray Eagle Unmanned Aerial System training, is a year out from opening and a $6 million replacement fire station will be occupied in May 2012, said Potter, who commands the Intelligence Center of Excellence and Fort Huachuca. Making his comments at a dinner of the Fort Huachuca 50, an organization which for the past 23 years has...
  • Report: Pakistan rejects U.S. plan, wants drones

    04/08/2009 1:57:08 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies · 672+ views
    The Hill ^ | 4/8/09 | Bridget Johnson
    U.S. envoys met with Pakistani leaders on Tuesday to ensure that the $7.5 billion that President Obama plans to send their way over the next five years will be used to achieve common goals in the fight against extremism. But according to a Pakistani newspaper, regional envoy Richard Holbrooke and Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen came up empty-handed and received a "rude shock" when a proposal for joint operations against al Qaeda and Taliban forces in the volatile tribal regions was rejected.
  • Cracks in the Iranian Monolith--Opposition is spreading in the streets, prisons, and the military.

    08/23/2010 8:34:14 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 24 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | AUGUST 24, 2010 | Michael Ledeen
    The Iranian regime loves to boast of its military strength, international clout and hold on domestic power. Much of this is accepted by outside experts, but in fact the regime is in trouble. Iran's leaders have lost legitimacy in the eyes of the people, are unable to manage the country's many problems, face a growing opposition, .... A few weeks ago, according to official and private reports, the Iranian air force shot down three drones near the southwestern city of Bushehr, where a Russian-supplied nuclear reactor has just started up. When the Revolutionary Guards inspected the debris, they expected to...
  • Qatari Presence at Iranian Naval Maneuvers

    04/25/2010 7:42:27 PM PDT · by Cindy · 14 replies · 320+ views
    (Various sources) via THE MEMRI ^ | Posted at: 2010-04-25 | n/a
    Note: Photos included. SNIPPET: "The representative of Ali Khamenei in the IRGC, Mojtaba Zolnour, said that the maneuvers were meant to convey a message of peace to the neighboring countries. The head of the Qatari military delegation, 'Abd Al-Rahim Ibrahim Al-Janahi, who was present at the maneuvers as an observer, said that Qatar would like to benefit from Iran's military expertise and carry out joint maneuvers with it." SNIPPET: "Source: Fars (Iran), April 25, 2010; Press TV, Fars, IRNA (Iran), April 24, 2010; Al-Alam (Iran), April 23, 2010"
  • Flacking Hellfires

    01/08/2010 4:37:17 AM PST · by myknowledge · 5 replies · 621+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | January 8, 2010
    The Taliban are running a propaganda campaign in Pakistan, in an attempt to halt the American use of UAVs, firing Hellfire missiles, to kill Taliban and al Qaeda leaders. The Taliban effort is based on pushing civilian casualty statistics that cannot be checked, much less documented, as well as insisting that many more missiles have been fired, that missed their target, and killed civilians instead. The propaganda claims that each missile killed fifteen civilians, and that less than ten percent of the missiles actually hit Taliban or terrorists. While both of these claims are unlikely based on known performance of...
  • Cynthia McKinney to Obama 'war criminal accessory': Immediate ceasefire, withdrawal, end drones

    11/28/2009 11:41:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies · 1,887+ views
    The Dallas Examiner ^ | November 25, 2009 | Deborah Dupre'
    Former Congresswoman and U.S. Presidential Candidate (Green Party 2008), Cynthia McKinney, known for speaking truth to power, has again written to President Obama, this time with the subject headed: Please Bring Our Troops Home Now! (below) Ray Songree of Kauia Truth and the Paul Revere Email Campaign wrote to his email list: "Cynthia McKinney is one of the greatest heroines of our times. Very few elected officials have EVER spoke truth to power. That is all she does. There are many women on this email list. It really is your time to stand up and be heard, not as wannabe...
  • Tempers Flare At Anti-War Rally At Travis AFB [Cindy Sheehan]

    11/28/2009 10:40:51 PM PST · by Daffynition · 155 replies · 6,250+ views ^ | Nov 28, 2009 | staff reporter
    FAIRFIELD, Calif. (CBS13) ― An unidentified military veteran was involved in a tense confrontation with anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan and the group Code Pink at a rally at Travis Air Force Base on Saturday, November 28, 2009. CBS A Saturday rally led by anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan at Travis Air Force Base nearly ended in a brawl when a military veteran physically confronted the protesters. Anti-war group Code Pink demonstrated at the military base Saturday morning in the first of six planned protests against unmanned military drones currently in use in overseas war zones. Sheehan, a well-known anti-war activist...
  • Terrorist Alert: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

    04/03/2009 4:50:13 AM PDT · by Cindy · 7 replies · 601+ views
    FRONTPAGE ^ | Friday, April 03, 2009 | By Jamie Glazov
    SNIPPET: "FrontPage Interview’s guest today is Ben R. Furman, the FBI's Former Counterterrorism Chief." SNIPPET: "FP: Aren’t we giving the terrorists ideas by talking about this? Furman: Initially I wondered if talking openly about this danger was a good idea. Wouldn’t it be a “heads up” for terrorists? No. A thorough library check and Internet and blog searches revealed the technology wafted out of the genie’s bottle some time ago, and even with technology that advances in quantum leaps, someone is keeping pace and reporting or commenting about it real-time. Chat rooms, YouTube and FaceBook are heavily peppered with “how...
  • 13 killed in US drone attack in Bannu(Senior Al Qaeda commander/leader killed)

    11/07/2008 2:34:54 PM PST · by Dog · 17 replies · 1,123+ views ^ | November 07, 2008
    BANNU: At least 13 people, including five foreigners, were killed in a missile strike on Friday by a suspected US drone in Pakistan's troubled North Waziristan tribal region bordering Afghanistan. The missile struck the home of a tribesman in Jani Khel area near FR Bannu, 45 km from Miranshah, the headquarters of North Waziristan Agency, early this morning. Five foreigners were among the dead, officials told. Five missiles were fired and one hit the home of a tribesman, Ghani Gul, killing 5 foreigners including a senior al-Qaeda commander. However, their names could not be known. The attack was the latest...
  • U.S. strike kills at least 4 in Pakistan: source

    09/17/2008 8:41:41 AM PDT · by Straight Vermonter · 20 replies · 203+ views
    al-Reuters ^ | 9/17/08 | Simon Cameron-Moore
    A U.S. drone aircraft missile attack targeting a militant camp in Pakistan killed at least four people and wounded three, a Pakistani intelligence official in the South Waziristan region said. Officials said the drone fired four missiles as dusk fell on Baghar, a village in the mountains 55 km (35 miles) west of Wana, the main town in the region.
  • Get Immigration Right

    05/28/2007 12:50:06 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 77 replies · 1,681+ views
    Townhall ^ | May 28, 2007 | Michael Barone
    As the Senate is mulling the details of a compromise immigration bill hammered together by the odd couple of Sens. Edward Kennedy and Jon Kyl, and as members of Congress hear from their constituents over the Memorial Day recess, it may be worthwhile to put the issue in historical context. For most of our history, the United States had no restrictions on immigration at all. I am told that my Canadian-born grandfather was a "nickel immigrant": He took the five-cent ferry from Windsor, Ontario, north to Detroit roundabout 1896. This situation resulted from America's strong demand for labor, coupled with...
  • Santa's UAV (Vanity, sortof)

    12/24/2006 2:52:48 PM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies · 573+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | December 24, 2006
    Santa, played by Ken Rice, a civilian contractor with the AAI Corporation, and his six reindeer, Soldiers from Company E, 615th Aviation Support Battalion, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, prepare for launch on an unmanned aerial vehicle launcher at Camp Taji, Iraq Dec. 18. Santa is apparently trying to get an early start this year and has traded in his traditional sleigh for something a little newer and more high tech. Photo by Master Sgt. Winston Churchill
  • Hybrid Engine Brings Silent Death

    09/05/2006 4:07:58 AM PDT · by Renfield · 20 replies · 1,388+ views
    September 5, 2006: Noting that silent UAVs are more useful than noisy one, an Israeli firm has developed a hybrid motor for small (under a hundred pounds) and medium size (up to half a ton) UAVs. The gasoline powered portion of the engine can spin the propeller, while also charging the batteries. When over an area where the enemy might hear the UAV, the operator can switch to battery power. Especially at night, loud motors on UAVs often spoil the element of surprise, by letting the enemy below know that there's a UAV watching........
  • Israel fields armed UAVs in Lebanon

    08/07/2006 9:05:03 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies · 1,317+ views
    SOURCE:Flight International ^ | 08/08/06 | By Peter La Franchi in London
    Israel fields armed UAVs in Lebanon By Peter La Franchi in London Operations in Lebanon and the Gaza strip are providing the first clear evidence that Israel has armed a number of unmanned air vehicles to reduce engagement times for time-sensitive targets. The USA is the only other nation known to operate armed UAVs. The air vehicles involved are believed to be Israel Aircraft Industries Herons, which have only recently entered operational service with the Israeli air force. The missiles carried are possibly Rafael Spikes, although this has not been independently confirmed. The Israeli defence ministry has not responded to...
  • Drone's Video May Aid Marine Inquiry

    05/29/2006 9:45:20 PM PDT · by Lancey Howard · 84 replies · 3,166+ views
    Washington Post via ^ | May 30, 2006 | Thomas E. Ricks
    Military investigators piecing together what happened in the Iraqi town of Haditha on Nov. 19 -- when Marines allegedly killed two dozen civilians -- have access to video shot by an unmanned drone aircraft that was circling overhead for at least part of that day, military defense lawyers familiar with the case said in interviews. It is unclear whether the video obtained from that day's flight captured the violence, said the lawyers, who have consulted with Marines who were there. One lawyer said investigators have reviewed surveillance footage taken hours after the shootings, which showed the Marines returning to the...
  • FAA Puts a Leash on Predator [for patrolling the Southern border]

    05/19/2006 2:59:07 PM PDT · by John Jorsett · 22 replies · 574+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | May 19, 2006
    The U.S. Border Patrol is locked in a major battle with the FAA (Federal Aviation Authority) over the use of UAVs. The FAA insists that only UAVs that can see as well as a human pilot can be used within the United States. No UAVs have this capability (as it requires mounting several more vidcams to reproduce the view from a cockpit, and more communications gear to transmit all that data). The FAA believes that the many aircraft (plus gliders and balloons) that are in the air, without transponders, make these "enhanced" (with additional sensors) UAVs a necessity. The FAA...
  • The Navy’s Swimming Spy Plane [meet the water-launched unmanned enforcer]

    02/23/2006 12:18:37 PM PST · by aculeus · 67 replies · 2,798+ views
    Popular Science ^ | February 2006 | By Bill Sweetman
    Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works, famed for the U-2 and Blackbird spy planes that flew higher than anything else in the world in their day, is trying for a different altitude record: an airplane that starts and ends its mission 150 feet underwater. The Cormorant, a stealthy, jet-powered, autonomous aircraft that could be outfitted with either short-range weapons or surveillance equipment, is designed to launch out of the Trident missile tubes in some of the U.S. Navy’s gigantic Cold War–era Ohio-class submarines. These formerly nuke-toting subs have become less useful in a military climate evolved to favor surgical strikes over nuclear...
  • J-UCAS Canceled, But Not for Naught (Socialism Kills Another Military Program)

    02/20/2006 7:59:06 AM PST · by Dont_Tread_On_Me_888 · 49 replies · 1,733+ views
    eDefense ^ | 2/15/06 | Ted McKenna
    US Navy Capt. Ralph Alderson, program director of the Joint-Unmanned Combat Aerial System (J-UCAS) program, said right at the start that he would address the elephant in the room. The FY07 defense budget provides zero funding for the J-UCAS, and the newly released 2005 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) calls for the program's "restructuring," as many of the attendees at the Association of Unmanned Systems International's Unmanned Systems Program Review 2006 conference in Washington, DC, on Feb. 8 perhaps already knew, Capt. Alderson said. "Restructuring" would appear to be a euphemism for "canceled," but despite standing at the podium with a...
  • New aircraft, UAVs to shape future fight

    01/17/2006 5:08:32 PM PST · by SandRat · 9 replies · 469+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Jan 17, 2006 | Sgt. Ken Hall
    WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Jan 17, 2006) – More than 300 aircraft of all types will roll off assembly lines and improve the Army’s war-fighting capability during the next seven years, according to Army aviation leaders at a forum here. Speaking to more than 400 attendees during the Institute of Land Warfare and Aviation Symposium Jan. 12, Claude M. Bolton Jr., assistant secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology, said new Apaches, light utility helicopters, cargo fixed-wing aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles will be built. He also stressed the importance of future aircraft development programs. Monies drive momentum...
  • UAV's protect Marines on the road

    12/21/2005 3:28:54 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 375+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Dec 21, 2005 | Lance Cpl. Wayne Edmiston
    CAMP TAQADDUM, Iraq (Dec. 21, 2005) -- Predicting the future is one power that will never be attainable, but if it was possible it could save the lives of many service members in a combat zone. With the skills of the Marines of Intelligence Shop, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward) and the help of modern technology, stopping events before they occur is getting closer and closer. Unmanned aerial vehicles are the future of protecting our forces and 2nd MLG (Fwd). In theatre, there are multiple vehicles being used and the “Dragon Eye” is currently being tested by Marines here. UAV’s,...
  • Coyotes and Foxes and 'Big Eyes' ... Oh My! (New Navy Technology - on display for Fleet Week, NYC)

    05/29/2005 9:28:18 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 2 replies · 739+ views
    FNC ^ | 5-29-05 | Catherine Donaldson-Evans
    NEW YORK — The seafaring boat houses a coyote, a silver fox and a creature dubbed "Big Eyes" — but it isn't a modern-day Noah's Ark. Called the Star Fish, this little ship carries the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Afloat Lab onboard to show off all the latest technological wizardry the U.S. military can use — in the Iraq war, Afghanistan and elsewhere in the world. The Coyote, Silver Fox and "Big Eyes" are the names of two unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) (search) and a giant set of long-range binoculars, respectively. They're in New York Harbor for the Navy's...
  • UAVs team up to fight virtual fire with new software

    03/22/2005 9:28:57 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 8 replies · 431+ views
    Valley Press ^ | on Tuesday, March 22, 2005 | Anon
    EDWARDS AFB - The old saying "birds of a feather flock together" can now be applied to a couple of small uninhabited aerial vehicles, or UAVs, flown at Edwards Air Force Base using principles derived from studies of fish and bird motions. Engineers and technicians from NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, and Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards recently conducted flight tests over a "virtual" forest fire to evaluate new flight-control software that will allow UAVs the ability to autonomously react to obstacles as they fly pre-programmed missions. The tests were conducted via a remote, to investigate cooperative flight...
  • Bush forces UN refugee chief to go

    01/19/2005 7:19:28 PM PST · by Pikamax · 8 replies · 478+ views
    Guardian ^ | 01/20/05 | Chris McGreal
    Bush forces UN refugee chief to go Israeli pressure backed by conservative and Jewish groups in US stops reappointment of controversial head of relief agency Chris McGreal in Gaza City Thursday January 20, 2005 The Guardian The Bush administration has blocked the reappointment of the UN's Palestinian refugee agency chief, Peter Hansen, after a campaign by conservative and Jewish groups in the US, and the government in Jerusalem which accused him of being an "Israel hater". Some European and Arab governments were keen for Mr Hansen to stay on at the end of his nine-year tenure but the US supported...
  • New tool against IEDs and for convoy protection

    06/01/2004 1:43:34 AM PDT · by Polliwag · 15 replies · 548+ views
    Metal Storm
    Metal Storm just released video on an anti-IED 40mm grenade delivery system. They arm a small UAV rotorcraft. The craft can be used for convoy escort, taking out IED's or assaulting small groups of foes. They even have a pic of an 8 barrel mounted system capable of delivering 32 40mm grenades. Video links: Press release Test Firings Lay Groundwork for Airborne Weapon System Thursday May 20, 9:48 am ET ARLINGTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 20, 2004--Metal Storm Limited (NASDAQ:MTSX and ASX:MST) International ballistics company Metal Storm Limited has completed test firings of its electronic ballistics weapon system from an Unmanned...
  • New-generation Autonomous Helicopter To Create New Era Of Human Safety

    12/22/2003 7:04:43 PM PST · by Loc123 · 4 replies · 208+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 22 Dec 2003 | Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
    Australian scientists have developed a 'brain', which enables the production of a world-first low-cost, intelligent small helicopter, set to end many difficult and dangerous tasks undertaken by humans. The CSIRO Mantis can simply be told where to go and what to do, and it will go off, do the job and find its own way home, unassisted. The low-cost CSIRO Mantis, described as a vertical take-off, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), provides a host of new ways of doing things. Dr Peter Corke of CSIRO Complex Systems Integration says, "Mantis makes it possible for fleets of small drone helicopters to do...
  • Flying the illegal alien trails

    06/12/2003 8:48:09 PM PDT · by JackelopeBreeder · 43 replies · 319+ views
    12 June 2003 | JacelopeBreeder/Luis Martinez
    Buenos nachos, y’all. I haven’t posted in the last week or so because I was afraid I might let a very big cat out of the bag prematurely. Glenn Spencer of American Border Patrol would have fed me to his dog for that one. ABP has been busy with the media in the last few days – Swiss public TV on Wednesday and CNN today. The video may not show up on TV for a couple of days, so here’s the sneak preview minus any media spin. Most of you are already aware of the UAV developed by American Border...