Monday, May 29, 2017

Great quadcopter video at demolition site

Dynamite didn't do it, so they tried Plan B.  Operator ok, but then got busted for not being licensed to use the dynamite.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

quadcopter in stadium falls, barely missing people

"Take Sunday’s baseball game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the San Diego Padres at Petco Field. In the seventh inning, TV commentators spotted a GoPro Karma drone, with footage showing it buzzing about inside the venue.
'We have a drone that is flying in over the seats right now, it’s making its way behind the Diamondback dugout at third base,' the commentator said, quipping, 'I’m pretty sure the Russians have something to do with this.'”

I hope the penalties for doing such stupid things go up, because obviously idiots still think it's fine to do this stuff.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

"drone shield" set up at prison

"Keen to press ahead with countermeasures, a British prison this week switched on a newly installed 600-meter-high (about 2,000 feet) 'drone shield' that’s designed to detect and block drones that fly close to its perimeter. It’s thought to be the first prison in the world to use such a shield.
The 'Sky Fence' is the work of U.K. firms Drone Defence and Eclipse Digital Solutions and it’s been set up at Les Nicolles prison on the southern British island of Guernsey.
The system incorporates a number of signal disruptors placed around the perimeter as well as inside the prison grounds. When it detects a drone flying close by, it jams the signal between the drone and the pilot, thereby preventing it from completing its mission. The technology in its current form returns the drone to where it took off, which may give alerted security guards a chance to apprehend the offender and seize the contraband.
The cost of installing the technology is put at 100,000 to 250,000 British pounds ($130,000 to $325,000), depending on the size of the prison."

This will be an endless game of offense vs. defense.  Some commentor suggested maybe a net over the place would just be a bit cheaper.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Drone registration in court

"The Federal Aviation Administration’s requirement that hobby drone users register their devices was struck down in an appeals court Friday.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled in favor of John Taylor, a drone hobbyist who had challenged the legality of the FAA’s drone-registration program.
The program, which was instituted in December 2015, required hobby drone owners to register through an FAA website for a $5 fee. Drone hobbyists were then issued a unique identification, which they were required to mark on their drones. Within the first month, nearly 300,000 drone owners had registered."

Actually, I thought registration was a good idea. We'll see where this goes.