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Drone films boulders trail of destruction.

garymortimer Lucky lucky people (1 comments)

I wonder how much noise it made

about a year ago
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Geologists In Norway Are Using Drones With Cameras To Hunt For Oil

garymortimer Re:Aerial mapping is not new ... (44 comments)

Well, the mapping is getting smarter, cheaper and faster. The technology is not coming soon to the USA due to FAA and industrial military complex roadblocks. This is perfect for the rest of the world. As ever Europe leads the way in aviation.

about a year and a half ago
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Helicopter rescues drone from Swiss mountain top.

garymortimer Re:That is what I am Talking About (2 comments)

If you live in the USA the FAA is not showing much imagination at the minute ;-)

about a year and a half ago
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iPhone controlled paper place

garymortimer Argh spelling (1 comments)

I meant plane of course!

about 2 years ago
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UAV Solar Turbine to deliver 30 to 90 days of flight

garymortimer I'm thinking not (1 comments)

This is so out there its worth sharing!!!

more than 2 years ago
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UAV Cameras an Eye In the Sky For Adventurous Filmmakers

garymortimer That would be the same drone that was GPS spoofed (63 comments)

This is actually an old story a couple of weeks later very sadly the same type of UAS flew through its control cabin killing the operator. http://www.suasnews.com/2012/05/15515/schiebel-s-100-crash-kills-engineer-in-south-korea/ Don't expect it to be operating in civilian hands until that little issue is sorted out. Schiebel also have to answer questions about the few they sold to China.

more than 2 years ago
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Civilian Use of Drone Aircraft May Soon Fly In the US

garymortimer Not just yet for the USA (196 comments)

Whilst Europe and Australia enjoy commercial UAS operation the USA are years behind. Both in technology and regulation. Yes there might be lots of military drones but the small civil stuff is rising from the East. The regulators have not even had open discussions yet http://www.suasnews.com/2011/11/10245/uas-arc-2-0/ so January is a silly idea!

about 3 years ago
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Canberra Police Want Drones To Track Cars

garymortimer Re:Why drones? (154 comments)

I completely agree and I'm a big drone fan, the interest in this story has been so great it seems to have crashed my site. So sorry all those trying to look in now.

more than 3 years ago
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Video of mystery crashed bird shaped drone

garymortimer I should have said.. (1 comments)

There is a photo on the linked blog post, I have a feeling its a military grade battery of some sort and I am sure somebody here will recognise it. Added to the number on the tail and markings all over the place, the drone is looking less like something made in a barn and more like something in service.

more than 3 years ago
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BirdXPeller Drone, bird scaring robot

garymortimer Its actually a big problem (2 comments)

Well thats what we used to do, but when faced with many thousands of birds roosting at dusk we actually used to just suspend flying until dark proper. The most effective thing our expert did was put fishing wire over the sewerage plant on the other side of the airfield. I guess there were bugs flying low over it. Anyhow he used to catch loads of birds in that fishing wire. All very cruel and I'm a vegetarian so I can say that! The best thing about BCU at the coastal airfield that I was at was you could drop down into the estuary and then drive unseen on the shoreline to the tourist beach full of young ladies. Of course you looked very cool in your military uniform and landrover and could make up some story about being very important. Only once did a chum get caught out by the incoming tide after chatting too long. Am I waffling.

more than 3 years ago
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Automatic Life Jacket Detection For Drones

garymortimer Re:Seems good (85 comments)

Well they are close to all weather, the UAS fighters en route certainly will (X47)

more than 3 years ago
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Automatic lifejacket detection from drones

garymortimer Might be a game changer in sUAS world (2 comments)

Well I would say it is, because I posted it!! The implications are pretty huge really. Whilst the Hummingbird is a cool DARPA project that has received loads of attention this technology can be implemented right now with platforms that several of us own. It would be making a difference and perhaps save lives. Imagine man overboard on some sort of large boat, it takes miles to turn around, firstly deploy cameras on highpoints of the boat and scan the sea, second chuck a handheld simple flying wing off the deck and let it look as well. With all these things you have to remember its all technology at its start. Imagine what will be about in 10 years time. I would have thought it would be cheap enough to put some sort of transponder on a lifejacket these days though.

more than 2 years ago
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'Eternal' Solar Plane Stays Two Weeks Aloft

garymortimer Re:If you were wondering... (37 comments)

No its not entirely autonomous, all the pilots hold ATPL licences and are involved in flying other platforms. It met its design criteria and will fly again in the new year for longer. Type in Zephyr at http://www.suasnews.com/ and you will find a video of the take off and landing, sorry I can't seem to paste in a link here. I believe it had enough power left to fly for several weeks more.

more than 3 years ago
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Aerial Video Footage of New York Taken By RC Plane

garymortimer Re:Cool, however... (208 comments)

The rules are changing for sUAS SFAR 107 is the thing to look for. Several rules were broken don't believe the it was perfectly legal brigade. There is an investigation ongoing we understand. sUAS News .com

more than 3 years ago
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Singapores drone for Xbox Generation soldiers

garymortimer Hidden comments??? (2 comments)

Ok what does the hidden comment mean?? Obviously I can't read it but as I posted the story I would have thought I could have seen any comment??? Guess I best pop off to the FAQs!

about 4 years ago
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How many dot-boms do you have under your belt?

garymortimer Re:garymortimer (17 comments)

Ah good old hitch hikers getting a mention.

more than 4 years ago

Submissions

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Drone Delivers Christmas Trees

garymortimer garymortimer writes  |  2 days ago

garymortimer (1882326) writes "Intuitive Aerial AB (publ) is based in Linköping, Sweden and makes the Aerigon – an exceptional multi rotor helicopter system for professional cinema and broadcast use. Aerigon is being used in high-end productions such as “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “Into the Woods” by Disney, and “One Planet” by BBC."
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World's First Flying 4k Camera DJI Inspire 1

garymortimer garymortimer writes  |  about a month ago

garymortimer (1882326) writes "San Francisco, November 12, 2014 – DJI, a global leader in aerial photography and cinematography platforms, today announced the release of the DJI Inspire 1, the world’s first flying 4K camera that offers midair transformation as well as a built-in wireless HD video transmitter, stabilization indoors without GPS and more camera control than ever.

This tool bridges DJI’s consumer and professional products that are the aerial platforms of choice for professional photographers and cinematographers worldwide.

“We see this as the perfect combination of the Phantom and Spreading Wings series, being able to take off at the touch of a button while simultaneously giving users fine control of the images they capture,” said Frank Wang, DJI CEO and co-founder.

In addition to incorporating a groundbreaking 4K aerial camera, the Inspire 1 camera maintains stability even in strong wind conditions via an integrated 3-axis gimbal.

The Inspire 1 integrates DJI’s patented wireless HD transmitter, Lightbridge, and comes with a fully redesigned mobile app that runs across both iOS and Android devices, broadcasting 1080p video at a distance of 1.7km."

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DARPA want flying drone aircraft carriers

garymortimer garymortimer writes  |  about a month ago

garymortimer (1882326) writes "Military air operations typically rely on large, manned, robust aircraft, but such missions put these expensive assets—and their pilots—at risk. While small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) can reduce or eliminate such risks, they lack the speed, range and endurance of larger aircraft. These complementary traits suggest potential benefits in a blended approach—one in which larger aircraft would carry, launch and recover multiple small UAS. Such an approach could greatly extend the range of UAS operations, enhance overall safety, and cost-effectively enable groundbreaking capabilities for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and other missions.

To explore and expedite the possible development of these potential benefits, DARPA has issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking technical, security and business insights addressing the feasibility and potential value of an ability to launch and recover multiple small unmanned air systems from one or more types of existing large manned aircraft, such as C-130 transport planes."

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New DJI Phantom the Inspire 1 or is it?

garymortimer garymortimer writes  |  about a month and a half ago

garymortimer (1882326) writes "The skeleton of the new DJI Inspire 1?

We receive a glimpse of the potential Phantom replacement in a video released today. Perhaps out in time for Christmas and up against the Parrot Bebop. The internet is currently naming the Inspire 1 as a video link, controller, flying wing or quad!"

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SpaceShipTwo cost a life, so why do we still use human test pilots?

garymortimer garymortimer writes  |  about a month and a half ago

garymortimer (1882326) writes "Virgin Galactic has sold several hundred tickets for future flights to the edge of the atmosphere and there are proposals that SpaceShipTwo will be used to send research experiments briefly into space – all worthy endeavours.

But when we have advanced RPAs, why are we still testing new rocket motor and fuel combinations, with human pilots strapped just metres away from them flying at 45,000ft?

Combining spaceplanes with remote control and automation is not new.

Just a few weeks ago, a US Air Force robotic spaceplane came back to Earth after nearly two years in orbit. Its flight was either totally automatic or partially remote controlled; but we have no idea which, as it was a top-secret program.

In 1988, the former Soviet Union’s space program successfully flew their robotic space shuttle Buran, which performed two orbits of the Earth and landed back on a runway, just like the human piloted NASA space shuttles.

The reasons we still sometimes use human test pilots are complex. The SpaceShipTwo vehicle was inspired from SpaceShipOne. That vehicle won the US$10 million Ansari X-Prize in 2004 when Mojave Aerospace Ventures showed that it was possible to launch a non-government developed or funded spaccraft into space with a pilot onboard, twice within two weeks.

SpaceShipTwo’s core business will be to take passengers into sub-orbital space, so of course having human pilots onboard makes sense as eventually there will be human passengers. Would you be prepared to board a commercial jet now if you knew their were no human pilots onboard? Knowing that the pilot’s own safety is twinned with that of the passengers means we feel safer with experts at the helm.

But the SpaceShipTwo disaster was not a commercial flight – it was the first flight-test of a particular engine and fuel combination. Could the engine and fuel have been tested in a rocket first? Could SpaceShipTwo have been designed with an autopilot capability?"

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Spotify Party Drone

garymortimer garymortimer writes  |  about 2 months ago

garymortimer (1882326) writes "Quite a neat idea from audio streaming company Spotify. Festival goers added their favourite track choice when signing up for tickets for an event. When they were noticed going through the gate the Party Drone pitches up and plays their favourite tune as they walk in. Nice."
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Drone halts Serbia v Albania UEFA qualifier in Belgrade

garymortimer garymortimer writes  |  about 2 months ago

garymortimer (1882326) writes "The match had already been stopped for flares being thrown onto the pitch when the drone entered carrying the banner, which was then grabbed by Serbia's Stefan Mitrovi. That sparked a fight, and the eventual departure from the pitch of Albanian players who were pelted by garbage by the hometown fans. Albanian supporters were banned from attending due to security concerns."
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Linux Foundation Launches Open Source Dronecode Project

garymortimer garymortimer writes  |  about 2 months ago

garymortimer (1882326) writes "The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux and collaborative development, today announced the founding of the Dronecode Project. The Project will bring together existing open source drone projects and assets under a nonprofit structure governed by The Linux Foundation. The result will be a common, shared open source platform for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).

Founding members include 3D Robotics, Baidu, Box, DroneDeploy, Intel, jDrones, Laser Navigation, Qualcomm, SkyWard, Squadrone System, Walkera and Yuneec. Dronecode includes the APM UAV software platform and associated code, which until now has been hosted by 3D Robotics, a world leader in advanced UAV autopilot and autonomous vehicle control. The company was co-founded by Chris Anderson, formerly editor-in-chief of Wired"

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Drone crashes into Sultan Ahmed Mosque, Istanbul

garymortimer garymortimer writes  |  about 2 months ago

garymortimer (1882326) writes "At the moment the operators name is unknown but I expect it will become common knowledge within hours. Looks like it was a DJI Phantom and I must say that I am very impressed that it could take the hit and fly on. If it had not and been found by somebody in authority it could have had a very different outcome for the operator."
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Drone spots massive shark circling surfers

garymortimer garymortimer writes  |  about 3 months ago

garymortimer (1882326) writes "This picture was taken on the Central Coast on September 17 at Killcare by drone pilot Tom Caska.

It shows a massive shark following a pod of dolphins right near where people are surfing. They are on 3m long SUP boards, which gives an indication of its size.

There’s no word yet on what kind of shark it was but it’s not the first sighting of a large one on this stretch of coast this month."

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Robot helicopter lifts robot reconnaissance vehicle

garymortimer garymortimer writes  |  about 3 months ago

garymortimer (1882326) writes "Lockheed Martin, in collaboration with the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), successfully conducted a fully autonomous resupply, reconnaissance, surveillance and target-acquisition demonstration using its Squad Mission Support System (SMSS) unmanned ground vehicle, K-MAX unmanned helicopter and Gyrocam optical sensor."
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Video: Diving a car from a drones eye view

garymortimer garymortimer writes  |  about 4 months ago

garymortimer (1882326) writes "Our filming drone provided aerial footage with a difference, not only did we shoot the action from above (in HD of course), we also provided flying goggles for the drivers. The goggles provided a downlink from our eye in the sky, however for the drivers to take this visual information and translate it was extremely difficult, especially when determining speed, direction and timings on the track."
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Organization for Security and Co-operation Europe need drones for MH17 enquiry

garymortimer garymortimer writes  |  about 5 months ago

garymortimer (1882326) writes "To support its operations in Ukraine the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe has put out an urgent request for drones. They are perhaps required to help with the security of staff and rapid mapping of ground surrounding the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 crash site."
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'Projector Drone' shows sky no longer the limit for video projection.

garymortimer garymortimer writes  |  about 6 months ago

garymortimer (1882326) writes "The ‘Projector Drone’ is capable of beaming news, games and advertising over the walls of a city near you.

The proof of concept vehicle is able to fly for 12 minutes at a time, features its own on-board data storage and a 500 lumens projector. The company is already working on more sophisticated features, including live streaming data, pan and tilt projector controls and ultrasonic sound capabilities."

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Investigation launched after drone full of drugs touched down at Dublin prison

garymortimer garymortimer writes  |  about 6 months ago

garymortimer (1882326) writes "The incident was first reported by Mick McCaffrey in the Sunday World. The newspaper reports that prisoners ran towards the drone and one of them was seen swallowing some of the packages contained in it.

It is expected the man will be charged with possession of illegal drugs but it is unknown where the drone was being controlled from or who was flying it."

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African firm is selling pepper-spray bullet firing drones

garymortimer garymortimer writes  |  about 6 months ago

garymortimer (1882326) writes "South Africa-based Desert Wolf told the BBC it had secured the sale of 25 units to a mining company after showing off the tech at a trade show in London.

It is marketing the device as a “riot control copter” that can tackle crowds “without endangering the lives of security staff”.

But the International Trade Union Confederation is horrified by the idea."

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Drone crashes on roof of Dallas Cowboys stadium

garymortimer garymortimer writes  |  about 6 months ago

garymortimer (1882326) writes "A DJI Phantom Vision owner lost sight of his drone and the return to home feature kicked in. The only snag, the stadium was in the way. Its owner knows its there as he attached a GPS pet tracker for unexpected events. A different spin on the boy next door asking for his ball back."
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Drone lands on roof of Dallas Cowboys Stadium

garymortimer garymortimer writes  |  about 6 months ago

garymortimer (1882326) writes "A DJI Phantom Vision owner lost sight of his drone and the return to home feature kicked in. The only snag, the stadium was in the way. The $1300 quadcopter is currently sitting on the roof. Its owner knows this as he attached a GPS pet tracker for unexpected events. A different spin on the boy next door asking for his ball back."
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Eagle vs Drone

garymortimer garymortimer writes  |  about 7 months ago

garymortimer (1882326) writes "The team are flight testing a small prototype system capable of ‘surfing’ updrafts around large buildings. The prototype system is called the RMIT Kestrel. The glider in the video is an Alula being used for data collection.
The six month research project brings together leading research into the modelling and analysis of airflows around structures with advanced sensing, and guidance algorithms."

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3D pen doodled drone

garymortimer garymortimer writes  |  about 6 months ago

garymortimer (1882326) writes "Another week another amazing mini quadcopter. Until now I had been dismissing the 3D printer pens that keep popping up in my Google ads as nothing but a toy. I had not had the vision to see how they could be used to actually make things. More fool me.

This is simply fantastic"

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Its still not ticking, how not to promote a news blog

garymortimer garymortimer writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Having this as a way of keeping track of what's what with sUAS News was a silly idea as I'm not filling it in enough. Not managed to crack another submission to the list in a month or so and this means my page views now languish in the 500' which is not bad. The Linked in group has made 43 members and I have started an email list. Free for upto 1000 users, the first person I don't know signed up today.

Perhaps I am not putting the site out in enough places, http://www.suasnews.com I shall head out into the webosphere to try and find five different and new places to place it.

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Things I should have added yesterday

garymortimer garymortimer writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Trying to make sUAS News a little more sticky, so yesterday I added a Tag cloud. Wordpress does not seem to allow a search function or block which is a shame.

Now today I notice that

1 pageviews 62,003.00 82.11%
2 pageviews 7,833.00 10.37%
3 pageviews 2,947.00 3.90%
4 pageviews 1,189.00 1.57%
5 pageviews 494.00 0.65%

Now how does analytic s handle that, is it 62 k only visited once 7833 came twice that sort of thing?

Really need to get that 2 page visit number up. Where to find all the folk that are interested in unmanned vehicles?

LinkedIn group sits @ 37 members, thats quite depressing. Join it here http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=3400149 if you are so inclined.

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Ah I seem to be able to add another journal entry

garymortimer garymortimer writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Not really getting to grips with what the best time is to post stories, especially as I quite often publish before others and yet different versions of the same thing end up at the top of the pile. Guess I am getting addicted. Perhaps there is a balance between the amount of text you include as a description and the title. I am also wondering if you get black balled for posting too much. Its all still a mystery.

Anyhow at LinkedIn the sUAS News group now has 36 members. http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=3400149 I needed to write that down somewhere with a date so I can remember. I keep meaning to keep key dates to use as metrics, I might as well do them here if I'm going to visit so frequently! Started the group on the 13th of Sept 2010.

Not much of a feeling of community here though.

Now let me try and get a drone/uav/uas or at least aviation tag in here.

I have started to do the crazy thing, RTFM perhaps I understand a bit more now!!

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Is it just me?

garymortimer garymortimer writes  |  more than 3 years ago

I'm finding this thing pretty hard to navigate, I guess I am not nerdy enough! Is that a good or a bad thing?? Why write here at all?? Well earlier this week a chum suggested I drop something I had blogged at http://www.suasnews.com onto Slashdot and my web hits went through the roof.

I have not been a slashdot regular in fact I have not really used it. This is all a new adventure in working out yet another system.

So I shall keep posting on my pet subject, which is unmanned aerial vehicles, or as we I should call them systems (UAS). Flying robots must suffer from identity issues as their acronyms refuse to settle down. Here in the UK, RPAS is beginning to find favour, remotely piloted air systems. But as I hit return on this I fully expect another abbreviation to have come along.

A little about me.

I am a forty something hot air balloon pilot that has been flying manned things since he was 16 and now is getting into unmanned stuff.

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Ah I just thought I would update this and it seems that it does not create a new entry, instead it appends to this. Somehow I'm not going to like this. Perhaps I am wrong.

Next stop is to see who to ask about adding a UAV icon, perhaps a flying robot, they need one
   

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