Tuesday, May 21, 2019

DJI gives your drone video to government?

https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/20/politics/dhs-chinese-drone-warning/index.html

"Chinese-made drones may be sending sensitive flight data to their manufacturers in China, where it can be accessed by the government there, the US Department of Homeland Security warned in an alert issued Monday obtained by CNN. The drones are a 'potential risk to an organization's information,' the alert from DHS's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency states."

Well, duh.  You know, I hope, as a DJI user that your flight information and your videos are kept by DJI.  It's not a very big step in China for a company to share such information with the government.

As a Spark user, I realize this but figure my videos and flights would just be noise to any government snoops.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Drone pilot arrested for violating sports air space

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/crime-courts/drone-pilot-charged-violating-secure-airspace-over-two-nfl-games-n1006241

"Tracy Michael Mapes, 56, of North Highlands, in Sacramento County, was charged Tuesday with violating temporary flight restrictions in national defense airspace at two National Football League games on Nov. 26, 2017.
According to an affidavit attached to a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in San Jose, Mapes flew a drone that dropped the flyers on spectators at a game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara."

I'm happy they caught this guy.  Apparently the cops just followed the drone to the operator.

 

Thursday, March 14, 2019

$80,000 rescue drone for Labrador

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/search-rescue-drone-saving-lives-1.5054789

"A $5,000 drone could have been purchased in place of the more expensive unit, but Blackmore said the higher expenditure stems from a situation where SAR was searching for a young person with autism and the search carried into the night.


The cameras were the selling point. There is no other helicopter in the province that has infrared capabilities, Blackmore said, adding that the daytime optical zoom camera can zoom in on Brigus from where Wednesday's demonstration was held in Paradise.
That's just over 75 kilometres in distance. "

I like that there are so many options in drones now.
 

Monday, March 4, 2019

helicopter and drone almost collide

http://digg.com/video/drone-almost-hits-helicopter

I'm going to venture the drone pilot was at fault; flying too high, in a restricted area, didn't inform anybody.

Monday, February 25, 2019

suicide drone

https://www.foxnews.com/tech/kalashnikov-unveils-new-kamikaze-suicide-drone

"The drone, which is about four feet wide, is designed to destroy remote ground targets. The manufacturer claims it could revolutionize combat in much the same way the AK-47 did in the second half of the twentieth century."

I'm not sure if this is much more advantageous from a cannon or missile. Maybe like the AK-47 it just makes killing more accessible to smaller groups.