Tuesday, December 24, 2019

drones to reforest


An interesting way to replant forests. They make pucks of seeds, fertilizer, and anti-vermin contents so the seeds don't get simply eaten.  One drone makes a map of the area, then software sends out the seed drones to strategically drop the seed pucks over an area.  Ta da!  Reseeding done!  

Saturday, December 14, 2019

drone killers line up


"This week, the Center for the Study of the The Drone at Bard College published a research paper on counter-drone technology that includes a list of 537 counter-drone systems displaying jaw-dropping diversity, from hand-held guns that detect a drone’s radio-frequency and blast it with microwaves to ground installations that listen for drones and fire a net. 

According to the report, which covers the legal framework for these tools as well as their effectiveness, not all drone downers are created equal, however. Jamming a drone might work great on the playground, but could get you arrested at the airport. And more advanced drones are immune to older counter-measures, the report found."

I think it's going to be a while before this all shakes out.  

Friday, November 29, 2019

jet-powered quadcopter


"Instead of the usual four electric motors and propellers, the current prototype has four diesel-powered microturbine jet engines which produce a combined 200 horsepower (149 kW) at full throttle. Thanks to a proprietary vectoring system known as the H-Configuration, the thrust from these engines can be directed either to move the drone vertically when taking off and landing, or horizontally while in flight."


Wednesday, November 13, 2019

protesters take down a drone with lasers


first protesters in Chile were trying to blind the police with lasers, which I am against because it could cause eye damage.

Then they tried to blind a drone flying overhead (I assume a police quadcopter).  This seemed to work;


Here's what just one laser looks like from the drone's perspective;

Monday, November 11, 2019

autonomous killer drones are real now


China is now selling artificially intelligent drones capable of taking human life with little or no human oversight, according to U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper.
“As we speak, the Chinese government is already exporting some of its most advanced military aerial drones to the Middle East,” Esper said at the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence on Nov. 5.
The drones are “advertised as capable of full autonomy, including the ability to conduct lethal targeted strikes.”

Somebody from the future needs to come back and straighten us out before Skynet takes over.

Monday, October 21, 2019

drone light painting


"In some imagery, Wu focuses solely on the landscape and keeps his light source invisible. In this call back to his early Lux Noctis work, the focus is firmly on the environment. However, some of the most striking visuals come when Wu creates his Aeroglyphs. In these photographs, the protagonist is the light itself. By placing these painted, geometric shapes into the expansive landscape, Wu creates an air of mystery and wonder."

This needs to be tried out by others.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

drone with camera finds lost kid


"On Tuesday, a six-year-old boy named Ethan disappeared in Minnesota, prompting more than 600 people to form a search party.
Numerous law enforcement agencies and even a state patrol helicopter contributed to the search — but it was a heat-seeking drone operated by a local photographer that led to the boy’s rescue, 10 hours after he went missing."


Wednesday, September 25, 2019

taking out drones with beams


"A high-tech anti-drone weapon has been cleared for use by the US Air Force overseas for the first time.
The PHASER weapon system can knock swarms of drones out of the sky using pulses of energy."

kills birds too?

Sunday, September 22, 2019

drone looks at ditches dirt cheap


"Malone sees drones as tools that make it faster and easier to inspect these often inaccessible ditches. The flight over this half-mile ditch to the Red Lake River takes three minutes. With setup, the whole process takes about a half hour."

Great idea.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

drone saves surfer from shark attack


"A quick-thinking drone pilot used the speaker on the Mavic 2 Enterprise to warn a surfer of an approaching shark at a beach south of Wollongong, Australia. After hearing the warning the surfer quickly paddled back to shore, while the shark swam off into deeper waters."

Do you have a speaker on your drone?

Saturday, September 14, 2019

dude flies around Pedo Island like he owns the place


Just stay above rock-throwing range!

I'm not sure... is this voyeurism or journalism?

Friday, September 13, 2019

Russian activist saves his data with a drone


"Mr Boyko's companion says the couple were woken by loud banging on the door, to find men in civilian clothes and masks demanding to be let in.
The drone was loaded with various hard disks, solid-state drives and flash sticks containing 'very important' information that he did not want to fall into the police's hands, according to the activist.
'Done. The evacuation has been carried out. The drone reached its destination,' he says at one point."

Drones can be used for good and bad, like most things.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

drone headed to Mars


"Engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California have attached a flying helicopter drone to the belly of the Mars 2020 rover set for launch next July.
The solar-powered Mars Helicopter stands about 2.6 feet (80 centimeters) tall when fully deployed, and will become the first aircraft to fly on another planet. The robot drone will ride to the Red Planet with NASA’s Mars 2020 rover, which has been assembled at JPL to begin testing in the coming weeks."

They're everywhere!

plan to fly banner with drone thwarted


"The Czech FA has said that six men and two women were arrested near the Kosovan capital of Pristina, where the game is taking place. Local police seized a drone, a Serbian flag and a banner that read “Kosovo is Serbia”, as well as fireworks and a knife, from two cars with Czech licence plates."

Drones are getting used for a lot of things now.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

DJI gives your drone video to government?


"Chinese-made drones may be sending sensitive flight data to their manufacturers in China, where it can be accessed by the government there, the US Department of Homeland Security warned in an alert issued Monday obtained by CNN. The drones are a 'potential risk to an organization's information,' the alert from DHS's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency states."

Well, duh.  You know, I hope, as a DJI user that your flight information and your videos are kept by DJI.  It's not a very big step in China for a company to share such information with the government.

As a Spark user, I realize this but figure my videos and flights would just be noise to any government snoops.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Drone pilot arrested for violating sports air space


"Tracy Michael Mapes, 56, of North Highlands, in Sacramento County, was charged Tuesday with violating temporary flight restrictions in national defense airspace at two National Football League games on Nov. 26, 2017.
According to an affidavit attached to a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in San Jose, Mapes flew a drone that dropped the flyers on spectators at a game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara."

I'm happy they caught this guy.  Apparently the cops just followed the drone to the operator.


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."

Houthis use drone to attack parade


"On January 10, 2019 a drone reportedly targeted a Yemeni government base during a military parade, allegedly killing six people and wounding many others, including several senior officers. Analysis of the attack indicates that a variant of an Ababil T drone, referred to as a Qasef 1 by Houthi forces, was used to attack the parade. This article will analyse the event and its potential implications."

Monday, January 7, 2019

Solution to wayward drones?


"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.