Quadcopters are a relatively new type of radio-controlled flying device, mostly for hobbyists. They are strong enough to lift a camera, which allows for amazing videos and photos. But this ability also makes them controversial.
"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."
"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
"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
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.
"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."
"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
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
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.
"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.
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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
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.
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.
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."
"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
"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
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.
"I know more about drones than anybody," Trump said.
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.