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Re: Drone watch

#61  Postby BlackBart » May 26, 2014 2:48 pm

I'm pretty sure they're (Whoever 'they' are! :tinfoil:) using UAVs over South London. On a clear day you can just about spot them circling round. I suspect it's tracking traffic levels.
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Re: Drone watch

#62  Postby DougC » May 28, 2014 3:10 am

B.B.C. - Tree-mapping drone start-up has sky-high ambitions
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Re: Drone watch

#63  Postby twistor59 » May 28, 2014 6:44 am

I just hacked one together, and have been cobbling together bits of control software with my son.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GR9xhqt9-KY

Unfortunately my piloting skills need a bit of work (I just managed to cut the throttle before it took my eye out). There's no way I'd ever operate one of these things in a built up area. 1.5kg falling from a few hundred feet is going to do some damage.

Even the commercially built ones have some reliability issues (google "quadcopter flyaway").
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Re: Drone watch

#64  Postby DavidMcC » May 28, 2014 6:29 pm

BlackBart wrote:I'm pretty sure they're (Whoever 'they' are! :tinfoil:) using UAVs over South London. On a clear day you can just about spot them circling round. I suspect it's tracking traffic levels.

It is preposterous to imply, as you are, that all drones are innocent, and nothing to do with private eyes, or rogue state security operatives. Most are undoutedly bona fide, but that does not mean ALL of them are, Blackbart. The mere fact that you have labelled me with a tin-foil hat is suspicious. Either you are naïve about this, or misusing them yourself.
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Re: Drone watch

#65  Postby BlackBart » May 28, 2014 6:49 pm

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BlackBart wrote:I'm pretty sure they're (Whoever 'they' are! :tinfoil:) using UAVs over South London. On a clear day you can just about spot them circling round. I suspect it's tracking traffic levels.

It is preposterous to imply, as you are, that all drones are innocent, and nothing to do with private eyes, or rogue state security operatives.


I implied nothing of the sort. I stated that I suspect the particular UAV I spotted over London is tracking traffic levels. I may be correct or it may be a totally different application.

Most are undoutedly bona fide, but that does not mean ALL of them are, Blackbart.


Again, I've never made any implicit or specific statement regarding the legality or ethics of any UAV.

The mere fact that you have labelled me with a tin-foil hat is suspicious.


I didn't. I wasn't even referring to your post, which I hadn't actually read. Read what I wrote again. I was referring to the fact I didn't know who actually deployed the UAV.

Either you are naïve about this, or misusing them yourself.


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Re: Drone watch

#66  Postby DavidMcC » May 28, 2014 7:35 pm

BlackBart wrote:I'm pretty sure they're (Whoever 'they' are! :tinfoil:) using UAVs over South London. On a clear day you can just about spot them circling round. I suspect it's tracking traffic levels.

Sounded to me, at the time, like you were insinuating that I wear a tin-foil hat. I admit that it was surprising to me that you would do that, but it certainly seemed like it.
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Re: Drone watch

#67  Postby igorfrankensteen » May 28, 2014 9:18 pm

Tin foil hats can be useful. They would deflect at least some EMF away from the brain, especially if they are properly grounded.

I predict that the commercial use of drones for deliveries will last right up until the first one crashes into a car and causes an accident. The resulting lawsuit will end all such uses. After that, it will be the small bee-sized drones that the NSA is working on, which will be most common, and least detectable. On the good side, they can't fire missiles at us from them.
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Re: Drone watch

#68  Postby DougC » May 29, 2014 6:10 pm

B.B.C. - American Global Hawk spy drones flies in UK airspace for the first time
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#69  Postby DougC » Jun 11, 2014 12:45 pm

B.B.C. - US to allow first commercial drone flights over land
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#70  Postby DougC » Jun 19, 2014 1:46 am

B.B.C. - African firm is selling pepper-spray bullet firing drones

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#71  Postby SkyMutt » Jun 21, 2014 11:57 pm

"When drones fall from the sky" | The Washington Post

More than 400 large U.S. military drones have crashed in major accidents around the world since 2001, a record of calamity that exposes the potential dangers of throwing open American skies to drone traffic, according to a year-long Washington Post investigation.

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Commercial drone flights are set to become a widespread reality in the United States, starting next year, under a 2012 law passed by Congress. Drone flights by law enforcement agencies and the military, which already occur on a limited basis, are projected to surge.

The documents obtained by The Post detail scores of previously unreported crashes involving remotely controlled aircraft, challenging the federal government’s assurances that drones will be able to fly safely over populated areas and in the same airspace as passenger planes.

Military drones have slammed into homes, farms, runways, highways, waterways and, in one case, an Air Force C-130 Hercules transport plane in midair. No one has died in a drone accident, but the documents show that many catastrophes have been narrowly averted, often by a few feet, or a few seconds, or pure luck.


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Re: Drone watch

#72  Postby DougC » Jun 27, 2014 9:38 pm

B.B.C. - Iraq crisis: Armed US drones in use to protect advisers
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Re: Drone watch

#73  Postby DougC » Jun 30, 2014 8:30 pm

B.B.C. = US aviation authority clarifies model aircraft laws
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Re: Drone watch

#74  Postby cavarka9 » Jul 01, 2014 2:40 am

I dont like being spied on or killed by a drone either deliberately or by accident :snooty: . Also, with so many flying objects in the sky, how will we distinguish it from aliens?. :nono: V know they are here, if they are not, then we are the dominant species in our galaxy and what are the chances of that?. :think: No, they should all be banned from the skies or banged from the skies! :)
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Re: Drone watch

#75  Postby BlackBart » Jul 01, 2014 6:36 am

It's easy to tell a drone from alien visitors. Drones exist.
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Re: Drone watch

#76  Postby newolder » Jul 01, 2014 9:56 am

Airspace breaching pizza delivery?
A pizzeria in the Russian city of Syktyvkar which launched the first unmanned food delivery in the country may be fined 200,000 rubles (US$6,000) after regional aviation authorities reportedly said the restaurant broke airspace rules.

http://rt.com/news/169244-drone-pizza-delivery-russia/
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Re: Drone watch

#77  Postby cavarka9 » Jul 01, 2014 7:49 pm

BlackBart wrote:It's easy to tell a drone from alien visitors. Drones exist.

:what: Unbeliever! :lol:
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Re: Drone watch

#78  Postby DougC » Jul 06, 2014 10:50 pm

B.B.C. - Video drone that flies itself
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Re: Drone watch

#79  Postby DougC » Jul 12, 2014 12:24 am

B.B.C. - Eagle shot wins drone photography competition

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#80  Postby DougC » Jul 25, 2014 12:52 am

B.B.C. - Drone finds missing US man in 20 minutes
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