Engadget is now a part of Verizon Media. The World Has Just Witnessed A “Pearl Harbor Moment” In Armenia. Bubble-blowing drones may one day aid artificial pollination. Drones that blow pollen-laden bubbles onto blossoms could someday help farmers pollinate their crops.
Rather than relying on bees and other pollinating insects — which are dwindling worldwide as a result of climate change (SN: 7/9/15), pesticide use (SN: 10/5/17) and other factors — farmers can spray or swab pollen onto crops themselves. But machine-blown plumes can waste many grains of pollen, and manually brushing pollen onto plants is labor-intensive. Materials chemist Eijiro Miyako of the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in Nomi imagines outsourcing pollination to automatous drones that deliver pollen grains to individual flowers. Hobbyist almost hits Navy Blue Angels with a drone during Detroit flyover.
Do you want more drone restrictions?
Because this is how how you get more drone restrictions. A recent flyover by the US Navy Blue Angels in the Detroit area drew controversy after a rogue drone operator used his device to get some sweet footage- but endangered the world’s most prolific aerobatic team in the process. The drone footage surfaced earlier this month via a social media account named ““@GIOLUCIA,” complete with a cliche backing of Kenny Loggins’ “Danger Zone.” In addition to beating the “Top Gun” horse to death, the drone operator came dangerously close to the wingtip of one of the F/A-18s, which could have resulted in a catastrophe for the entire flight team. The video was re-uploaded to YouTube, and is in clear violation of the FAA’s mandate to “not operate your drone in a careless or reckless manner.” The Blue Angels, which are based out of NAS Pensacola in Florida, are reportedly aware of the incident, according to multiple social media sources.
This Drone Could Change America's War Strategy. For nearly 20 years, the United States Air Force has been focused on anti-terror operations in uncontested airspace.
Now, as America transitions its focus away from the War on Terror toward potential near-peer conflicts, the U.S. is looking to pull a page out of its own World War II playbook by building inexpensive combat aircraft that can overwhelm advanced enemy air defenses through sheer numbers. The Kratos XQ-58A Valkyrie, an unmanned and experimental combat aerial vehicle, is tough to spot on radar and could be directly linked to the F-35 through an encrypted data connection to serve as a wingman under the pilot’s control. But even with these pros, it’s the cost of the Valkyrie, not its capabilities, that could change America’s aerial warfighting strategy. How a Laser Weapon Torches Drones Out of the Sky.
This Drone Dome video, posted to YouTube, is an excellent example of how laser defense systems take down hostile drones.Drone Dome is a portable laser system designed to shoot down unmanned aerial systems, including swarms of drones.The entire system fits on the back of a Land Rover and is controlled by a single operator.
A Crazy Flexible VTOL Plane Made from 4 Drones. Drone Spray Paints Gibberish On A Billboard Of Kyle Jenner? World's first "flap-free" aircraft maneuvered by blown air takes flight. New Gargantuan Internet-Beaming Drone Aims to Succeed Where All Others Have Failed. This Drone 'Breathes' Air To Propel Itself and Has Unlimited Range. Russia’s Shotgun-Wielding Drone Is the Flying Nightmare You Didn’t Know You Had. The Marines’ Plywood Supply Drone is Undergoing Flight Tests. Gatwick shutdown: How do you stop drones from hovering around airports?
A Criminal Gang Used a Drone Swarm To Obstruct an FBI Hostage Raid. I Could Kill You with a Consumer Drone. As a former intelligence soldier who now sells drones for a living, I can tell you that this problem is bigger than almost anyone realizes.
Watch Lockheed's Laser Gun Turn Drones to Toast. After years of testing, laser weapons are starting to make their way into the U.S. military, on armored vehicles, helicopters, and boats.
The appeal is obvious—lasers are invisible, silent, and most importantly incredibly cheap to fire. They're a clear choice for jobs like taking down drones, so long as they're strong enough to get the job done. And if you had any doubt, just watchi this test video of the 30-kilowattAdvanced Test High Energy Asset or ATHENA from Lockheed Martin: An Army Drone Made a Mysterious 633 Mile Journey. U.S.
Army / Sgt. Armondo Borboa On January 31st, U.S. Army soldiers at Fort Huachuca, New Mexico launched a RQ-7 "Shadow" drone into the sky. The Army lost control of the drone, which then somehow managed to fly across New Mexico, through Arizona, and finally come to rest in central Colorado, a distance of 633 miles. So, You Want to Take Out a Drone Swarm – War Is Boring.
By SAMUEL BENDETT Over the past decade, Russian armed forces and Russian defense industry have made strides in developing, testing and fielding domestically produced unmanned aerial vehicles.
While lagging behind their Western and East Asian counterparts in reach, distance and strike capability, Russia nonetheless was successful in using smaller and lighter UAVs for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance purposes, both at home and in conflicts abroad. In fact, Russian Ministry of Defense officially states that ISR remains the primary purpose for its various UAV platforms. More specifically, the war in Eastern Ukraine showcased Russia’s use of unmanned aerial systems that enhanced Russian-allied forces’ ability to more accurately target Ukrainian opposition and gain significant advantage on the battlefield.
The Pentagon's Autonomous Swarming Drones Are the Most Unsettling Thing You'll See Today. An arm of the Pentagon charged with fielding critical new technologies has developed a drone that not only carries out its mission without human piloting, but can talk to other drones to collaborate on getting the job done.
The Perdix autonomous drone operates in cooperative swarms of 20 or more, working together towards a single goal. Airbus Counter-UAV System detects illicit drones and shuts them down. With a projected one million drones sold during the holidays, the potential security risks to everything from military installations to energy plants to airports increased as well.
Bearing that in mind, Airbus Defence and Space recently introduced its Counter-UAV System as a way to detect potential UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) threats from a distance of between 5 and 10 km (3 and 6 miles) and bring them down with electronic countermeasures. The system uses a combination of radars, infrared cameras and direction finders to identify drones and determine their threat potential. A human operator compares the data from the system to a threat library and realtime analysis of control signals, to determine whether or not to jam the signal and interrupt the link between the drone and its pilot and/or its navigation system.
A direction finder within the system can then be used to detect the location of the pilot for apprehension. Source: Airbus Defence and Space About the Author. Shark drones to patrol stretch of Australia's coast. Image copyright Getty Images Beachgoers will be protected from sharks by drones and "smart" drum lines, according to the New South Wales (NSW) government. A trial will begin on the NSW north coast where there have been several attacks in the past 12 months. The drones will feed images back to operators looking for sharks using GPS co-ordinates. The measures are part of a shark management strategy which also includes barriers and helicopter surveillance. Drone plots a map through uneven terrain, which walking robot then follows. Aerial drones are widely utilized for mapping, with the maps that they create subsequently being used by us humans. Anti-UAV Defense System uses radio beam to disable drones. Sophisticated, easy to fly drones are everywhere these days and like most new technologies, they have the potential for mischievous or malicious applications as well as positive ones.
It follows that there's an increasing demand for improved surveillance and countermeasures specifically tailored for this type of aircraft. Billed as the world's first fully integrated system designed to detect, track and disrupt small and large drones, the Anti-UAV Defence System (AUDS) from Blighter Surveillance Systems uses radio beams to freeze drones in midair by interfering with their control channels. The AUDS was developed by a partnership of three British companies: Blighter Surveillance Systems, Chess Dynamics, and Enterprise Control Systems.
The system is of a modular design for fixed or mobile platforms with each individual unit weighing about 25 kg (55 lb). The video below introduces the AUDS. US Army tests drone-killing 50 mm cannon. While civilian countermeasures to combat malicious drones is moving toward UAV-freezing radio beams, the US Army is taking a more permanent approach. Under development by the U.S. Army Research, Development, and Engineering Center (ARDEC) at Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey, the Enhanced Area Protection and Survivability (EAPS) system used steerable 50 mm smart rounds to shoot down two drones in recent tests. The Army says that EAPS is a gun-based alternative to the missile-based Counter Rocket, Artillery, and Mortar (C-RAM) system currently favored by the US military. It was originally designed to counter rockets, artillery, and mortars (RAM), but due to the increasing threat from UAVs the system’s mission was expanded to include drones. Drones: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know But Were Always Afraid to Ask.
UPDATE October 22, 2013, 10:29 a.m. EDT: Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch released two separate new reports on civilian deaths in US drone strikes. A New Kind of Mental Disturbance? Drone Pilots Are Quitting in Droves. To stay on top of important articles like these, sign up to receive the latest updates from TomDispatch.com here. The U.S. drone war across much of the Greater Middle East and parts of Africa is in crisis and not because civilians are dying or the target list for that war or the right to wage it just about anywhere on the planet are in question in Washington.
Rapere Is An Anti-Drone Interceptor. Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community. Predator: The Secret Origins of the Drone Revolution. Selected as a "Best History Book of the Month" - Amazon. Taranis drone demonstrates stealth in latest test. Combat pilots aren't going on the dole queue any time soon, but they might want to start dusting off their resumes. BAE Systems Taranis Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV) has flown for the first time in a full stealth configuration, making it almost invisible to radar ... and bringing the day of the unmanned war plane that much closer to reality.
According to BAE, this stealthiness was achieved by engineers removing the air-data boom, which provides air pressure, temperature, and airflow direction data for analysis, from the already stealthy fuselage. How the Future of War (and Flying) Could Be Swarms of 3D-Printed Drones. The U.S. military has a problem. Navy's ocean-powered drone helps it wage underwater war. While you were out shopping Sunday for those last-minute holiday gifts, the Navy pushed ahead with its own vision of an underwater sugar plum: a fleet of “long endurance, transoceanic gliders harvesting all energy from the ocean thermocline.” And you thought Jules Verne died in 1905. SkyJack: The drone that hijacks other drones in mid-air.
Amazon's Prime Air announcement last week brought concerns about the use of commercial drones to the fore, but one programmer may have just muddied the waters even more. Boeing converts F-16 fighter jet into an unmanned drone. Festo demonstrates BionicOpter dragonfly robot. Meet the U.S's new stealthy, ship-killing missile. This week has provided a couple of interesting clues as to how the U.S. Navy might deal with the proliferation of weapons meant to keep U.S. ships so far from an enemy's shore that its weapons would be useless. FrankenDrone USV goes where other remote-control watercraft can't. Domestic Drone Countermeasures, Oregon Company, To Sell Defense Systems Direct To Consumers. ATLANTE UAS makes its maiden flight. A Remote Controlled Rat. X-47B unmanned stealth fighter tested aboard the USS Truman. How Russia and Georgia's 'little war' started a drone arms race.
And Now, Nano Drones. Boeing’s hydrogen-powered Phantom Eye goes higher for longer on second flight.