Discussion in 'News and Current Events' started by Anonymous, Apr 2, 2012.

  1. Jeff Jacobsen Member

    "Our joint UAV mission combined both hands-on training and operational deployments. The full program is available here. The first day comprised a series of presentations on Humanitarian UAV Applications, Missions, Best Practices, Guidelines, Technologies, Software and Regulations. These talks were given by myself, KU, DJI, KLL and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of Nepal. The second day focused on direct hands-on training. DJI took the lead by training 30+ participants on how to use the Phantom 3 UAVs safely, responsibly. Pix4D, also on site, followed up by introducing their imagery-analysis software."

    This should be done all over the world!
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  2. The Wrong Guy Member

    The Drone Papers | The Intercept

    The Intercept has obtained a cache of secret documents detailing the inner workings of the U.S. military’s assassination program in Afghanistan, Yemen, and Somalia. The documents, provided by a whistleblower, offer an unprecedented glimpse into Obama’s drone wars.
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  3. Anonymous Member

    And download all documents via Cryptome:

  4. DeathHamster Member

    For moment, I wondered if it was those VMs twinks who brought a couple drones for photo-ops, but these people are doing it right.
  5. The Wrong Guy Member

    Confirmed: FAA Will Require Registration for Some Small Drones | Gizmodo

    Your neighbor’s droning hobby is about to get a little more complicated after an announcement of a new task force from the Department of Transportation. The group of 25 to 30 will decide which drones won’t need to be registered with the feds. The takeaway? Some drones will need to be registered.

    This announcement shouldn’t come as a huge surprise. Just a few days ago, NBC News reported that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) was about to announce new registration requirements for small drones. The report even stipulated that the agency wanted to have all drones registered by Christmas. Monday’s announcement appears to line up with that report, stating that Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx directed the new task force to finish its safety recommendations by November 20. Once again, the task force’s job is to decide which hobby and toy drones should be exempt from the larger registration process.

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    Drones Now Need To Be Registered With U.S. Government, Say The FAA And DOT | TechCrunch

    As rumored last week, the U.S. government has just announced a program that will require drones to be registered with the U.S. Department of Transportation.

    At a press conference today in Washington D.C., Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced the plan. The department will be creating a task force comprising public and private industry leaders to devise exactly how the registration system will work.

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  6. RightOn Member

    thank Xenu they got that footage of Big Barf Blue when they did for Going Clear, 'cause you all know that the cult would have jumped all over that, IF they knew about it.
  7. DeathHamster Member

    So glad to see they have the people who build their own drones on side. Oh wait...
  8. Ethics Bait Member

    The rules have arrived:
    and the AMA response:
    Another usurpation of authority, sounds like.
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  9. DeathHamster Member

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  12. DeathHamster Member

    Near the Golden Gate Bridge?

    How far does their authority extend?
  13. The Internet Member

    The bridge is probably something crazy bombers might target and maybe that is why the FAA doesn't want stuff flying around it.
  14. DeathHamster Member

    Bullshit Baffles Brains.

    A drone might carry a kilogram or two of high-grade trackable explosive.

    A Ryder rental truck could easily carry enough home-brew explosive to do serious damage to the structure of the Emperor Norton Bridge.

    The signs aren't by the FAA, they're by the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District, who's authority to restrict airspace "near" the bridge might be dubious.*

    * although there could be legal precedents set after dumbshit pilots flew airplanes under/around the bridge.
  15. The Internet Member

    Of course you are right about the truck, Hampster. I was scraping the bottom of the barrel for rationales. Maybe someone knows the explanation for the ban.
  16. DeathHamster Member

    The simplest explanation is that some low-level functionary with previous experience in mall security had just enough budget authority to order some signs made.
  17. A.O.T.F Member

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  19. I say do us all a favor and drop a fucking bomb right in the middle of all that fucking corporate cunt bullshit.
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  20. White Tara Global Moderator

    Take your borderline suggestions elsewhere mkay.
    We dont discuss, promote, nor condone violent or illegal means of protest here.
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  21. The Wrong Guy Member

    New Drone Papers Highlight Body's Secret Role in Deadly Strikes | teleSUR English


    The Obama administration released a redacted version of President Barack Obama's once-secret policy on drone strikes Saturday that provides the clearest-ever picture of how the National Security Council, a body protected from scrutiny, approves strikes and detentions, following a freedom of information lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union.

    The release of the 18-page Presidential Policy Guidance document, as well as other Department of Defense papers, follows an order by a U.S. District Court judge in February requiring the Justice Department to disclose the document, also known as "the Playbook."

    It sets out the law and rules the government must follow when carrying out targeted killings and the capture of terrorist suspects abroad. The NSC provides a legal review of “all operational plans,” decided by the CIA and the Pentagon, and can nominate people to the “kill list.”

    “One of the really striking things about this document is the central role that the NSC is apparently playing, both in programmatic decisions about the drone campaign and in the so-called nominating process,” said Jameel Jaffer, who lead the ACLU lawsuit, to The Guardian.

    The NSC cabinet body also advises on how to conduct surveillance, who can be targeted other than “high value targets” and how those strikes would impact “regional or international political interests.” Sections describing the process behind these so-called “signature strikes” against those deemed to be targets based off of surveillance intelligence is largely redacted.

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  22. The Wrong Guy Member

    Woman shoots drone: “It hovered for a second and I blasted it to smithereens.” | Ars Technica

    Virginian used 20-gauge shotgun against offending aircraft thought to be paparazzi.


    With a single shotgun blast, a 65-year-old woman in rural northern Virginia recently shot down a drone flying over her property.

    The woman, Jennifer Youngman, has lived in The Plains, Virginia, since 1990. The Fauquier Times first reported the June 2016 incident late last week. It marks the third such shooting that Ars has reported on in the last 15 months — last year, similar drone shootings took place in Kentucky and California.

    Youngman told Ars that she had just returned from church one Sunday morning and was cleaning her two shotguns — a .410 bore and a 20-gauge — on her porch. She had a clear view of the Blue Ridge Mountains and neighbor Robert Duvall’s property (yes, the same Robert Duvall from The Godfather). Youngman had seen two men set up a card table on what she described as a “turnaround place” on a country road adjacent to her house.

    “I go on minding my business, working on my .410 shotgun and the next thing I know I hear ‘bzzzzz,’" she said. "This thing is going down through the field, and they’re buzzing like you would scaring the cows."


    For now, American law does not recognize the concept of aerial trespass. But as the consumer drone age has taken flight, legal scholars have increasingly wondered about this situation. The best case-law on the issue dates back to 1946, long before inexpensive consumer drones were technically feasible. That year, the Supreme Court ruled in a case known as United States v. Causby that a farmer in North Carolina could assert property rights up to 83 feet in the air.

    In that case, American military aircraft were flying above his farm, disturbing his sleep and upsetting his chickens. As such, the court found he was owed compensation. However, the same decision also specifically mentioned a "minimum safe altitude of flight" at 500 feet—leaving the zone between 83 and 500 feet as a legal gray area. "The landowner owns at least as much of the space above the ground as he can occupy or use in connection with the land," the court concluded.

    Last year, a pilot in Stanislaus County, California, filed a small claims lawsuit against a neighbor who shot down his drone and won. However, it is not clear whether the pilot managed to collect. Similarly, a case ensued in Kentucky after a man shot down a drone that he believed was flying above his property. The shooter in that case, William Merideth, was cleared of local charges, including wanton endangerment.

    But earlier this year, the Kentucky drone's pilot, David Boggs, filed a lawsuit asking a federal court in Louisville to make a legal determination as to whether his drone’s flight constituted trespassing. Boggs asked the court to rule that there was no trespass and that he is therefore entitled to damages of $1,500 for his destroyed drone. The case is still pending.

    Youngman said she believed in 2nd Amendment rights and also was irritated that people would try to disturb Duvall.

    “The man is a national treasure and they should leave him the fuck alone,” she said.

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  23. The Wrong Guy Member

    UPS testing drones for use in its package delivery system | The Associated Press


    One of the world's largest package delivery companies is stepping up efforts to integrate drones into its system.

    UPS has partnered with robot-maker CyPhy Works to test the use of drones to make commercial deliveries to remote or difficult-to-access locations.

    The companies began testing the drones on Thursday, when they launched one from the seaside town of Marblehead. The drone flew on a programmed route for 3 miles over the Atlantic Ocean to deliver an inhaler at Children's Island.

    The successful landing was greeted by jubilant shouts from CyPhy Works and UPS employees on the island to witness the test.

    "I thought it was fantastic," said John Dodero, UPS vice president for industrial engineering.

    CyPhy Works founder Helen Greiner, who previously co-founded robot-maker iRobot, said the drone tests with UPS allow her company to gather engineering and cost information and then work with UPS to look at where drones can add the most value to UPS' extensive network.

    Still, the robot-maker doesn't see drones replacing delivery trucks, bikes, buggies or gondolas anytime soon.

    "Drones aren't going to take the place of all delivery, but there are places where you have inaccessible location, an emergency situation where the infrastructure is down, you want or need the package quickly — these are the areas where drones will be the best way to get a package to a location," Greiner said.

    It's not all clear skies for drones, though.

    Newly revised federal aviation regulations don't permit commercial drones to fly over people not involved in their operations and require them to remain within line of sight of their operators at all times, effectively rendering commercial deliveries impossible. But those restrictions aren't keeping drone-makers and their partners from racing to develop technology suitable for commercial deliveries while they work with regulators to tweak existing rules.

    United Parcel Service Inc., based in Atlanta, isn't the only company testing drones. Wal-Mart is testing drones it says will help it manage its warehouse inventory more efficiently, and is testing them for home delivery.

    CyPhy Works Inc., based in Danvers, manufactures tethered surveillance drones capable of remaining airborne for hours while streaming reconnaissance data that can't be intercepted, jammed or spoofed.

  24. Mann Ace Member

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  26. Mann Ace Member

    drone racing on ESPN.
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  27. DeathHamster Member

    Highly illegal except in a war zone, so militarized cops will have them next week.
    That'll stop off-the-shelf drones. Hacking other protocols and guidance to render that thing useless isn't rocket science.
    Completely wrong. It can block GPS reception by the drone (and collateral damage to any cars, buses and self-driving vehicles also hit by the wide beam). It can't block the drone's video transmission.
  28. DeathHamster Member

    By the way, the FAA continues to mislead the public that that hobby drones have to be registered.

    There's no enabling legislation for that, and in fact they are expressly forbidden to make rules for hobby drones, except in specific categories, in the current legislation, so they've set up a huge misinformation campaign.

    Their page talks about registering Unmanned Aircraft Systems. That classification only applies to drones used commercially. Hobby drones are classified as model aircraft, which do not need to be registered. This is clearly spelled out in the legislation, with no ambiguity or room to argue. (The problem is that the exact same drone can be used for hobby or commercially--perhaps both.)
  29. Mann Ace Member

    The AMA is negotiating this. Any drone over 250 grams is regulated outdoors. This, as you say, flies in the face of established agreements, but that hasn't stopped the gov from imposing $27,500 fines on any one who violated their rules. As it stands, most people I know have started flying smaller drones, in part because of the FAA overreach.
  30. DeathHamster Member

    It flies in the face of the current legislation aka The Law, not "agreements".

    I'm sure Trump will curb that kind of bureaucratic overreach.

    Have they fined anyone who was clearly operating a drone for hobby use (model aircraft), and not a "pictures for pay" flight (UAS)?
  31. Mann Ace Member

    Well pardon me all to hell.

    Why do you think that? He seems more likely to institute his own brand of overreach.

    I don't know if anyone has been fined.

    FPV with the tiny quadcopters is great fun. Safe enough to use indoors, a couple minutes of battery life, and we can have our own drone racing.

    For anyone interested, here is the page for the AMA, the group that has been in discussions about drones.
  32. DeathHamster Member

    Fun, but not my interest. Luckily in Canada we only have guidelines (which are more suggestions because some of them are contradictory). Basically it's: (a) don't do it for money, (b) don't be an asshole.

    That'll change because there are too many assholes.
  33. DeathHamster Member

    I'm still laughing at this Bad Boy "weapon".


    Those "gun barrels" are just plastic covers for Yagi antennas.


    If fired at a low-flying drone, it'll take out all wifi, Bluetooth, wireless mouse and keyboards and GPS in a 2 km cone. That's when we find out how many critical infrastructure systems depend on wifi and GPS, even though they shouldn't.
  34. DeathHamster Member

    Oh yeah, I forgot about 5.7 GHz wifi.
    Fun fun!
  35. White Tara Global Moderator

    When I look at that gun I feel like it was a prop from 'Mars attacks' (1996) :p
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  37. The Wrong Guy Member

    Terrorists are building drones. France is destroying them with eagles. | The Washington Post


    Under French military supervision, four golden eagle chicks hatched last year atop drones — born into a world of terror and machines they would be bred to destroy.

    The eagles — named d'Artagnan, Athos, Porthos and Aramis — grew up with their nemeses. They chased drones through green grass that summer, pecking futilely at composite shells as seen in Sky News footage. They were rewarded with meat, which they ate off the backs of the drones.

    When the eagles were ready — this month — d'Artagnan launched screeching from a military control tower across a field, Agence France-Presse reported.

    The bird covered 200 meters in 20 seconds, slamming into a drone, then diving with the wreckage into the tall grass.

    "The eagles are making good progress," said the French air force's commander of a program that adapts the ancient art of falconry to the threats of unmanned flight.

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  39. DeathHamster Member

    Yeah, eagles are going to do a lot when the first pathfinder drone tazors the shit out of it when it grabs on, or explodes.

    Eagles are only useful against a single hobbyist drone, or maybe a half-assed terrorist. Luckily there are a lot of half-assed terrorists.
  40. Don't forget this one uses /pol/ as a reliable and credible source for information gathering.

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