Sunday, October 28, 2018

quadcopter hunter-killer

https://fortemtech.com/products/dronehunter/

https://youtu.be/d-D9uegkUw8

Once a rogue droOnce a rogue drone is detected and the threat level analyzed, DroneHunter safely remediates the threat, day or night, at a safe standoff distance, with no collateral damage.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

heavy lift drones

https://www.engadget.com/2018/10/27/flycrotugs-gripping-lifting-drones-stanford-epfl/

"The researchers imagined the drones as a potentially useful tool in sensitive situations like rescue scenarios. They can carry small items on their own or can be used together to move heavier objects. In one instance, researchers used two of the FlyCroTugs bots to open a door by lassoing the handle, turning it, and pulling until it opened. In another instance, the researchers handed the drone a camera and used it to explore a crumbling structure."


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

drones and entertainment

https://gizmodo.com/how-swarms-of-super-intelligent-drones-are-taking-over-1829638441

"Swarms of artificially intelligent drones are starting to show up on stages around the world. Some, like the ones on Drake’s latest tour, of are tiny flying lights that float above the stage. Others, like a recent Cirque du Soleil experience, featured more complex aircraft outfitted with lampshades that produced an almost ghostly effect. Metallica even has its own drone show. This might sound gimmicky at first, but when you see them live, it’s thrilling to see these little aircraft appear out of nowhere, if only because you can’t figure out how they work"

Thursday, October 4, 2018

testing what happens if a plane hits a drone

https://www.udayton.edu/blogs/udri/18-09-13-risk-in-the-sky.php

"In a test designed to mimic a midair collision at 238 miles per hour, researchers in UDRI’s Impact Physics group launched a 2.1-pound DJI Phantom 2 quadcopter at the wing of a Mooney M20 aircraft. The drone did not shatter on impact, but tore open the leading edge of the wing as it bore into the structure, damaging its main spar. “While the quadcopter broke apart, its energy and mass hung together to create significant damage to the wing,” said Kevin Poormon, group leader for impact physics at UDRI."

But you get to keep the quadcopter!

Monday, September 24, 2018

the government wants to be able to shoot your drone out of the sky

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/national-security/new-law-would-give-federal-government-right-shoot-down-private-n912381

The 1,200-page FAA Reauthorization Bill posted by the House early Saturday morning includes a section titled "Preventing Emerging Threats" that would give the Department of Homeland Security and FBI the right to track and down drones that they deem a "credible threat" to a "covered facility or asset."

Seems to me they already have that authority.

Monday, September 10, 2018

drone deliveries at golf course

https://money.cnn.com/2018/09/05/technology/drone-delivery-golf/index.html

"He's explained to them how much cheaper a drone is when compared to the price of a beverage cart.
Palmiscno has also heard from the neighboring softball complex, whose organizers are open to drone deliveries from his course's restaurant. Palmiscno envisions athletes sitting around after a game, drinking beer, and having food dropped from a drone."

I still think of this as a gimmick.  How does the drone know who's getting the delivery?  Can someone reach up to the drone and get sliced and diced?  Can they steal the drone?  I have lots of questions still.