Thursday, March 14, 2019

$80,000 rescue drone for Labrador

"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

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

"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.

Monday, February 11, 2019

using a drone to destroy a hornets' nest

How to use your $800 Mavic for alternative purposes.

Drones to track bees

"North Dakota is the nation’s leader in honey production. The University of North Dakota in Grand Forks is a leader in drones and drone research.
That led Bee Innovative, an Australian company, to pair up with UND to enhance the company’s current drone technology that tracks bee movements and pollination patterns, the two companies announced Jan. 30."

I still don't get the details of this, and I wonder how many bees get chopped up by the drone meanwhile.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

more dorks with drones at airport

"Flights into and out of New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport were disrupted Tuesday night after two drones were reported flying over nearby Teterboro Airport.
Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Greg Martin told CNN that the agency stopped flights at the airport after the drones were reported over the smaller regional airport some 15 miles away. Both airports serve the greater metro New York City area.
The two drones were flying at 3,500 feet and have since cleared the airspace over the airport, Martin said."