U.S. forces are at increasing risk as China and other nations sell more armed drones to anyone with the money to pay for them, and restrictive U.S. export policies may be making the situation worse, says a new report delivered to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs.
The Black Hornet drone seems built for the fever swamps of the internet. Roughly the same weight and size as a sparrow, the Black Hornet’s body is shaped like a tiny helicopter, with a camera instead of a cockpit. It is real, used by military special forces, and last week FLIR Systems announced the latest iteration of the design: the Black Hornet 3
Firefighters in Colorado had to ground their aircraft for an hour when an unauthorized civilian drone flew into their airspace. Neither tankers nor helicopters could fly while firefighters waited for the drone to clear.
Concerning operations over people, the CDA pointed out the necessity for regulations that will regularly allow this type of operation. Drone security is also an important topic, the CDA’s position is clearly defined. 1) Apply laws to all drone operators flying an aircraft over a certain weight, including recreational operators; 2) Enable technology solutions to policy problems; and 3) Establish a remote ID and tracking system for UAS.
A major search was launched for Peter Pugh, 75, from Brancaster, Norfolk, after he disappeared following a walk home through fields on Saturday at about 17:10 BST. It was only when a drone was sent up that Mr Pugh was spotted in dense reed beds at Titchwell Marshes on Sunday.
For decades, the Cape May-Lewes ferry has been carrying cars and passengers across the Delaware bay, but the ferry has recently taken its last passenger. The ship was retired, and on Friday it was deliberately sunk 26 miles off the coast to create an artificial reef. A drone was there to capture footage of the ship sinking.
Made by Dutch startup Delft Dynamics, the DroneCatcher quadcopter has been around in prototype form since at least 2015, and the commercial model was unveiled last year. Just recently, though, a clever new additional feature was announced – a detachable power tether.
Currently, Barnes and his team use firearms to scare away the birds, shooting off explosive rounds that burst overhead with a loud bang. Soon, they’ll be switching to a drone, flying the airport’s new DJI Mavic Pro quadcopter out to “haze” any animals that wander onto the airport
The bill would authorize the Departments of Justice (DOJ) and Homeland Security (DHS) to “use reasonable force to disable, damage, or destroy” the drone, which is a euphemistic way of saying shoot it out of the sky. The bill would even permit the government to co-opt drones for its own surveillance purposes.