Saturday, November 11, 2017

Mexican cartels with weaponized drones

https://www.thedailybeast.com/game-of-drones-mexicos-cartels-have-a-deadly-new-weapon

"The aerial drone in the rear cargo bay was armed and ready to be deployed. Sitting in an open plastic case beside an AK47 assault rifle and spare clips. The 3DR Solo Quadcopter carried a shrapnel-filled IED that was in turn rigged to detonate by remote control."

"The weapon could have been used effectively against authorities, criminal rivals, or to terrorize innocent civilians, according to a report by security analyst Robert Bunker, a professor in Strategic Studies at the U.S. Army War college.
While contraband-laden drones operated by Mexican cartels have frequently penetrated U.S. airspace, none of them have been armed—yet. But the drone’s discovery comes at a time of widespread escalation of crime-related violence in Mexico, and could be a sign of things to come."

Technology can be used for good and bad.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Dude flies his quadcopter in a park. Other dude shoots it down

http://www.mailtribune.com/news/20171021/social-media-storm-follows-drone-shooting-arrest

"Jackson County sheriff’s deputies arrested Grindstaff Wednesday, after the agency posted photos from Hidde’s footage that prompted Grindstaff to turn himself in. He was booked in the Jackson County Jail Wednesday and released Thursday on his own recognizance, jail records show.
Similar sentiments in support of the alleged shooter were posted at the private Jackson County Scanner Group Facebook page consisting of about 41,000 members. One post cited in a previous media report about the story alleged Hidde was 'being a peeping Tom creeper.' Hidde said he read about 90 percent of such comments.
Hidde denied any sort of harassing behavior at the park. He saw Grindstaff, another truck driving off-road, a dirt bike rider, a woman riding her horse and another walking her dog. He said he was scoping out the park watching for high-action subjects."




quadcopters used to locate missing couple

http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/21/us/california-joshua-tree-missing-couple-found/index.html

"As you should know, it is illegal to use DRONES in the National Park. Certain National Parks have been authorized and trained to use them. One is Grand Canyon National Park. We were fortunate to have their drone team come and assist in the search for the missing couple. The GCNP drone operators gave me permission to show a very small segment of what they see when operating over the Maze area. As you can see, it is not as easy to see detail in the rocks. Also, people tend to wear clothes that blend, instead of bright colors."

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Syria captures lots of ISIS drones

from twitter...

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

drone hits plane in Canada

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/17/world/canada/canada-drone-plane.html

"A drone crashed into a passenger plane last week in Canada, renewing safety concerns about unmanned aircraft and raising questions about how best to enforce regulations now that drones are becoming more and more commonplace.
The drone hit a plane carrying six passengers and two crew members en route to an airport in Quebec on Thursday.
'This should not have happened,' Canada’s minister of transport, Marc Garneau, said at a news conference on Sunday. 'That drone should not have been there.'
Nobody was hurt, but the incident could have caused 'catastrophic' damage had it hit an engine or incapacitated the pilot, Mr. Garneau said.
Researchers at Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering demonstrated in 2015 that an eight-pound quadcopter drone could rip apart a nine-foot-diameter engine in less than 1/200th of a second."

Too high and too close to an airport. Another idiot.