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Drone films boulders trail of destruction.

garymortimer Lucky lucky people (1 comments)

I wonder how much noise it made

about 3 months 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 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 ago
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iPhone controlled paper place

garymortimer Argh spelling (1 comments)

I meant plane of course!

about a year 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!!!

about a year and a half 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.

about 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!

more than 2 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 2 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 2 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 3 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!

more than 3 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 3 years ago

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Criminals use drones to find cannabis farms and then steal from growers

garymortimer garymortimer writes  |  yesterday

garymortimer (1882326) writes "One such man, an unnamed 33-year-old, told the Halesowen News that after finding a property with a cannabis farm he and his crew either burgle or “tax” the victim.

“They are fair game,” he said. “It is not like I’m using my drone to see if people have nice televisions. I am just after drugs to steal and sell, if you break the law then you enter me and my drone’s world.

“Half the time we don’t even need to use violence to get the crop. Growing cannabis has gone mainstream and the people growing it are not gangsters, especially in places like Halesowen, Cradley Heath and Oldbury.”"

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Google Buys Drone Maker Titan Aerospace

garymortimer garymortimer writes  |  4 days ago

garymortimer (1882326) writes "Google has acquired drone maker Titan Aerospace, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Titan is a New Mexico-based company that makes high-flying solar powered drones.

There’s no word on the price Google paid, but Facebook had been in talks to acquire the company earlier this year for a reported $60 million. Presumably, Google paid more than that to keep it away from Facebook."

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Worlds largest multirotor makes successful maiden flight

garymortimer garymortimer writes  |  about a week ago

garymortimer (1882326) writes "The patented AT Transformer technology combines the capabilities of a helicopter, such as the ability to take off and land anywhere, with the capabilities of an off-road automobile. The AT Black Knight Transformer completed driving tests in December 2013 and completed its first flight tests in March 2014. The Black Knight Transformer is the world’s largest multicopter that is controlled and stabilized with propeller speed. The aircraft has a maximum takeoff weight of 4,400 lb."
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FBI: Drone-like toy planes in bomb plot

garymortimer garymortimer writes  |  about two weeks ago

garymortimer (1882326) writes "BRIDGEPORT — A Moroccan national who allegedly plotted to turn a radio-controlled model airplane into a drone-like flying bomb and crash it into a school and a Connecticut federal building was arrested Monday by FBI agents.

Wires and tools were found in the High Ridge Drive apartment where El Mehdi Semlali Fahti, 27, had been living since January with an individual he met while incarcerated in Virginia, according to the FBI. It was not known if any explosives were found.

Fahti told an undercover agent in five recorded conversations that he studied the bomb attack operation for months, and had made a chemical bomb while in high school in Morocco, court documents charge. The recordings additionally claim he could obtain whatever else he needed for his plans in “Southern California on the border.”"

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Unfortunate event as Triathlete sustains head injuries from drone

garymortimer garymortimer writes  |  about two weeks ago

garymortimer (1882326) writes "A competitor in today’s Endure Batavia Triathlon has been taken to hospital after an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) otherwise known as a drone, fell from the sky hitting her on the head.

The competitor, Raija Ogden was heading into her second lap of the run leg of the race on the Foreshore when the incident occurred.

The remote-controlled copter struck her head and she fell to the ground.

Raija is the wife of defending champ Courtney Ogden who came in second place in today’s race shortly after the incident occurred."

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Drone-assisted hunting to be illegal in Alaska after game board decision

garymortimer garymortimer writes  |  about three weeks ago

garymortimer (1882326) writes "A drone system allowing a hunter or helper to locate game now costs only about $1,000, said Capt. Bernard Chastain, operations commander for the Wildlife Troopers. Because of advances in the technology and cheaper prices, it is inevitable hunters seeking an advantage would, for example, try to use a drone to fly above trees or other obstacles and look for a moose or bear to shoot, he said.

“Under hunting regulations, unless it specifically says that it’s illegal, you’re allowed to do it,” Chastain said. “What happens a lot of times is technology gets way ahead of regulations, and the hunting regulations don’t get a chance to catch up for quite a while."

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World Bank flies drones in Albania

garymortimer garymortimer writes  |  about a month ago

garymortimer (1882326) writes "A team from the World Bank used small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) to pioneer a scalable, cost-effective approach to produce spatial data, thereby allowing local and national government, the private sector and international development projects to use the up-to-date and accurate data for multiple purposes. The initial field campaign was conducted in Albania in December, 2013"
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China to test new smog-busting drone to help clear polluted skies

garymortimer garymortimer writes  |  about a month and a half ago

garymortimer (1882326) writes "The vehicle will spray chemicals that freeze pollutants, allowing them to fall to the ground.

The tests would be led by the China Meteorological Administration and carried out later this month at airports and ports, Xinhua said.

The drone has been developed by the Aviation Industry Corporation of China and has a paragliding wing, which allows it to carry three times more weight than the fixed-wing version, making it more efficient and cost-effective."

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Facebook In Talks To Acquire Drone Maker Titan Aerospace

garymortimer garymortimer writes  |  about a month and a half ago

garymortimer (1882326) writes "Facebook, one of the primary backers of the Internet.org initiative, which aims to bring affordable Internet access to the 5 billion people in the world who still lack connectivity, is in talks with a company that could help further that agenda. TechCrunch is hearing that Facebook is buying Titan Aerospace, makers of near-orbital, solar-powered drones which can fly for five years without needing to land. According to a source with access to information about the deal, the price for this acquisition is $60 million"
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Drone pilot reports GoPro camera stolen

garymortimer garymortimer writes  |  about a month and a half ago

garymortimer (1882326) writes "Lester Lechleitner, 28, was flying his quad last Friday night in Bradenton, Florida and he had a mishap. He told police that “he saw it start to fall from the sky and land on the street,”

After rushing to the crash scene Lechleitner immediately noticed that a GoPro camera that had been attached to the craft was missing!"

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Force the FAA to issue an Airworthiness Certificate for Beer Drones

garymortimer garymortimer writes  |  about 3 months ago

garymortimer (1882326) writes "A great We The People for a Friday! I am willing to bet it gets more signatures than any of the ones raised by industry insiders ;-) sUAS News readers do your bit for beer! Although I am not sure why they say the FAA have revoked authorisation, they can never have had it in the first place. This story looks more like a well planned media campaign to leverage the Amazon delivery story with every post I see.

It does put yet another spotlight on the FAA who seem busy getting ready to celebrate 1976 and the Montreal Olympics rather than consider technology that is rapidly getting outside of their control.

I would love it if this beer drone really was the cause célèbre for sensible unmanned aircraft regulations for craft weighing less than 10kg in the USA. I like 10kg as a weight because I believe 99% of commercial work will be achieved with platforms of that size and less."

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Flir Unveils the First Personal Thermal Imaging Device for Consumers

garymortimer garymortimer writes  |  about 3 months ago

garymortimer (1882326) writes "This might be a game changer or a flop, you decide.

As the first and only personal thermal imager for the consumer market under $350, FLIR ONE is compact, easy-to-use, compatible with the iPhone5 and 5s and fits on the phone like a protective case. Once mounted, the device displays a live thermal image of the world right on the phone’s screen, giving users unprecedented ability to “see” in an array of conditions, including complete darkness."

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AirMule, 287mph flying car makes test flights.

garymortimer garymortimer writes  |  about 4 months ago

garymortimer (1882326) writes "Weighing close to one ton the platform is lifted by ducted fans and is slated to have a top speed of 250 knots or 287 mph. A Turbomeca Ariel turboshaft engine powers the two ducted fans. You can certainly hear it coming!"
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The Tardis flies! Fans build flying life size version!

garymortimer garymortimer writes  |  about 4 months ago

garymortimer (1882326) writes "Congratulations to Devon based multirotor operators http://www.flyonix.com/ Looks like the transition to forward flight was a bit of an issue.

Three fans built their own iconic blue police box to celebrate the show’s 50th anniversary.

Ben Whiting, 32, Rupert Brandon-King, 31, and Ben Bailey, 25, worked together on the project ahead of its maiden flight over the countryside in Hatherleigh, Devon, this week."

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Navy Launches UAV from Submerged Submarine

garymortimer garymortimer writes  |  about 4 months ago

garymortimer (1882326) writes "“Developing disruptive technologies and quickly getting them into the hands of our sailors is what our SwampWorks program is all about,” said Craig A. Hughes, Acting Director of Innovation at ONR. “This demonstration really underpins ONR’s dedication and ability to address emerging fleet priorities.” The successful submerged launch of a remotely deployed UAS offers a pathway to providing mission critical intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities to the U.S. Navy’s submarine force. Operating under support of the Los Angeles class USS Providence (SSN 719) and the Naval Undersea Warfare Center-Newport Division (NUWC-NPT), the NRL developed XFC UAS—eXperimental Fuel Cell Unmanned Aerial System—was fired from the submarine’s torpedo tube using a ‘Sea Robin’ launch vehicle system."
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Amazon testing delivery by drone, CEO Bezos says

garymortimer garymortimer writes  |  about 5 months ago

garymortimer (1882326) writes "Amazon.com is testing delivering packages using drones, CEO Jeff Bezos said on the CBS TV news show 60 Minutes Sunday.

The idea would be to deliver packages as quickly as possible using the small, unmanned aircraft, through a service the company is calling Prime Air, the CEO said."

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Drone smugglers, lieutenant thwarts plan.

garymortimer garymortimer writes  |  about 5 months ago

garymortimer (1882326) writes "Trying to get contraband into a prison is nothing new, but there is a new method. This week, some creative crooks tried to get tobacco to South Georgia prisoners by using a remote controlled helicopter, but they didn’t get away with it.

A lieutenant from the Calhoun State prison noticed a small helicopter flying over the gates of and a search began. Sheriff Josh Hilton says about an hour later deputies noticed a suspicious black dodge car with Gwinnett County tags on Edison Street."

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Successful maiden flight of the world's first green helicopter

garymortimer garymortimer writes  |  about 5 months ago

garymortimer (1882326) writes "E-volo’s Volocopter is a revolution in aviation Made in Germany. Safer, simpler, and cleaner than normal helicopters, it has a unique way of moving – a groundbreaking innovation. The Volocopter is an environmentally friendly and emission-free private helicopter. Instead of one combustion engine, eighteen electrically driven rotors propel it"
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Its still not ticking, how not to promote a news blog

garymortimer garymortimer writes  |  more than 3 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 3 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.

G

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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