Monday, January 7, 2019

Solution to wayward drones?

https://www.tampabay.com/news/military/tampa-tech-company-offers-solutions-to-counter-drones-a-growing-threat-20190107/

"Brought in by the Fort Lauderdale Police Department to help protect the show, which featured the Navy’s Blue Angel aerial demonstration team, FLYMOTION detected 46 drone flights in the temporary flight restriction zone set up by the Federal Aviation Administration. Seven of those drones were detected in the airspace where the performances were taking place. By tracing the drone signals back to the base station operating them, FLYMOTION helped police track down some of those disregarding the rules.
By honing in on the radio frequency links between the base stations and drones, FLYMOTION 'detected, identified and located all 46 flights,' said English, a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office."

This makes sense, of course, unless the droner has created countermeasures to being detected.

It's going to be an endless struggle against idiot drone operators.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Donald Trump knows more about drones than anybody


"I know more about drones than anybody," Trump said.
This is possible, I suppose. Perhaps Trump has spent an inordinate amount of time studying unmanned aircraft during his tenure in the White House, or, perhaps, he brought to the job years worth of analysis on the subject. It just seems as though perhaps it’s hyperbolic. Even if we constrain the comment to the context in which it was offered — the use of drones to patrol the border — it seems unlikely that Trump is the foremost authority on the subject in the world.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

airport shut down by idiots

https://www.theverge.com/platform/amp/2018/12/20/18149819/london-gatwick-airport-drone-shutdown-reports?fbclid=IwAR23q6gGiPWG9n4u-up6veFfkpjcIDgKjhgNmfc7kbKffyE0mv084w6s954

"Gatwick airport, the UK’s second largest airport, was closed for most of Wednesday night and through Thursday afternoon after it received reports of two drones flying nearby, reports The Guardian. The airport initially had its flights suspended at 9PM on Wednesday evening after the drones were spotted, and although it briefly reopened at 3am, it was forced to close once more 45 minutes later after the drone flights resumed. As of 1PM, Thursday afternoon, flights to and from the airport remained suspended."

So I guess it's gonna take some harsh penalties before idiots stop doing this.

UPDATE!  There may not have even been a drone!

"The Guardian reports that police released and exonerated a couple who had been detained as suspects, while a senior police spokesperson said that there is 'always a possibility that there may not have been any genuine drone activity in the first place.'”

https://techcrunch.com/2018/12/24/uk-police-release-airport-drone-suspects/

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."