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Drone films boulders trail of destruction.

garymortimer Lucky lucky people (1 comments)

I wonder how much noise it made

about 7 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 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!

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.

about 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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Robot helicopter lifts robot reconnaissance vehicle

garymortimer garymortimer writes  |  2 days 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 two weeks 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 a month 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 3 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 3 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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Now Skype Drones, Toivo Annus invests in UAV Factory

garymortimer garymortimer writes  |  about 3 months ago

garymortimer (1882326) writes "Toivo Annus, the co-founder and former Head of Engineering at Skype led the private investment. Toivo is an experienced investor who will bring not only new investments to UAV Factory, but also valuable expertise of growing early stage high tech companies into large organizations with strategic thinking and vision. In his recent interview from Tallinn, Estonia, Mr. Annus said, “I am very excited to participate in the first round of private investment with UAV Factory. I strongly believe in UAV Factory growth potential and dominan position in the long endurance UAV marketplace”."
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Parrot unveil new AR Drone, the Bebop

garymortimer garymortimer writes  |  about 3 months ago

garymortimer (1882326) writes "Slated to come out in 2014 the Bebop is first to market with an interesting gimbleless camera stabilization process the camera is a f2.2 fish-eye lens with a 180-degree angle of view and a 14-megapixel sensor. A built in GoPro if you will.

It can capture video at 1080p full HD resolution; the AR.Drone 2.0 was limited to 720p. Video is recorded to the Bebop's 8GB of internal storage (there's no microSD or SD card slot) in MP4 format. The extra pixels allow users to digitally pan and zoom the picture. The camera is soft mounted to resist camera shake physically aiding image stabilization."

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From the too ugly to fly department, military drone

garymortimer garymortimer writes  |  about 3 months ago

garymortimer (1882326) writes "Advanced Tactics Inc. announced that it has received government approval for and has released the Black Knight Transformer first driving and flying test video. Advanced Tactics is at the forefront of large scale multicopter design, production, and testing and the successful flights of the Black Knight Transformer open the door to a number of future aircraft designs that leverage Advanced"
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Crashed drone rescue, Grand Canyon

garymortimer garymortimer writes  |  about 4 months ago

garymortimer (1882326) writes "In my opinion Christopher should have fessed up to his actions with the park authorities and they might have sent somebody roped up and suitably equipped to recover the Phantom from the tree.

It’s a great video, well made and interesting. Christopher, it’s not worth endangering the lives of others that might be involved in the recovery of an injured person in a compromised position or worse still a body.

Be careful out there people, your systems are just stuff. If you look through the video comments another YouTube user had the same experience at the Grand Canyon and his Phantom was stolen before he could get it recovered by a climber. Perhaps DJI should extend their no fly zones to include national parks."

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$250K police drone crashes into Lake Conroe

garymortimer garymortimer writes  |  about 4 months ago

garymortimer (1882326) writes "“Divers did go down to look for it. They are still looking. It went down in deep water where there is a rocky bottom. Visibility is also a problem because of sediment at the bottom of the lake,” Fitzgerald said.

The mini helicopter which weighs around 49 pounds and, in a military setting, could be fitted with a single- or multiple-shot 40mm grenade launcher, 25mm Grenade Launcher or 12 gauge shotgun, according to Vanguard Defense Industries."

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North Koreas drone, made in China.

garymortimer garymortimer writes  |  about 4 months ago

garymortimer (1882326) writes "Its no surprise that the UAS found in South Korea is of Chinese origin. The charmingly named Taiyuan Navigation Friend Aviation Technology is in Asian terms just up the road from Pyongyang being 1200kms away in the capital of Shanxi province, Taiyuan."
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Criminals use drones to find cannabis farms and then steal from growers

garymortimer garymortimer writes  |  about 4 months ago

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  |  about 4 months 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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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  |  about 4 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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