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.