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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 UMCRevMom@aol.com · 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...