Tag Archive: Drones

NASA’s New 10-Engine Drone Is Half Chopper, Half Plane




” Planes and helicopters have their strengths and weaknesses. Planes are fast and can carry a lot of stuff a long way, while helicopters are slow but they don’t need enormous runways and they’re extremely maneuverable. So naturally, people want to combine them.

  That’s why a team at NASA’s Langley Research Center is developing a drone that’s a hybrid of the two.

  The GL-10 Greased Lightning is a ten-engine, battery-powered prototype with a ten-foot wingspan that can change its shape midair to fly either horizontally or vertically. This month, NASA announced it recently took off vertically and, for the first time, successfully rotated its wings to transition from “helicopter” mode to standard “wingborne” flight.

  The GL-10 is a relative of the V-22 Osprey, the VTOL (vertical takeoff and landing) aircraft developed in the 1980s for the US Air Force and Marines. It’s a tiltrotor design: The engines rotate to propel the aircraft either up and down (like a helicopter), or forward (like a propeller-driven plane). The Osprey can take off and land from the deck of a carrier or from a field in the middle of the jungle, instead of from a lengthy runway. It can haul 32 troops or 20,000 pounds of internal cargo up to 2,200 miles. It’s very handy.”


Read more at Wired












DJI Phantom 2 Flight Altitude Record 1500 M 4921 Feet Full Video





New York City Drone Film Festival – March 7, 2015 NYC




” New York City Drone Film Festival is the world’s first event exclusively dedicated to celebrating the art of drone cinematography.  The festival provides a platform for aerial filmmakers to showcase their work (shot anywhere in the world), emphasizing innovative flight technique, aesthetic beauty, and more.  Director, landscape photographer, and aerial cinematographer Randy Scott Slavin founded the festival in 2014 with a desire to change the perceptions of drones. “I’m tired of drones being synonymous with questionable legality and FAA regulation. I want to celebrate the art of aerial cinematography”

Submissions for the 2015 festival are closed. 



Te 2015 New York City Drone Film Festival Will Take Place:

March 7, 2015 @ 6:30 pm 

The Directors Guild of America Theater

110 West 57th street, NYC

The Official After Party Is At 10:30PM @ FC Gotham 409 W 13TH ST, New York, NY 10014

On Sunday March 8th, The NYCDFF, New York City Drone Users Group And The AMA 

will host an official fly-in. Bring your drones and come fly with the NYC drone scene. 

1:00 PM Sunday March 8th at
Sea View Rotary RC Club Calvert Vaux Park
Entrance on Shore Parkway Service Road Gravesend Bay, Shore Parkway service road, Bay 44-Bay 49 Streets
Brooklyn, NY “

    Among the videos on view will be film clips from drone artists such asYeah Drones , Roberto Serrini , Corridor Digital , Jos Stiglingh , Jacob Southard , Gabriel Ng , Per Von Koch and Davey Orgill .

   At the present time tickets are sold out but due to the high demand the producers are considering adding a second screening . You can show your interest and perhaps gain potential tickets by signing up to their mailing list here .

   Below are the film categories to receive awards :



” The festival jury will present awards to films in various categories including:





    -FPV/Proximity/Technical Flying



    -Most epic Dronie

    -Best In Show

    -Audience choice award “



    Fellow drone fans and pilots that , like ourselves , were not lucky enough to land tickets for this cool show can at least salve their wounded feelings with one of the cool T-shirts or the poster available from the on-line gift shop . one example of which is displayed below :







   Of course if you are in the NY city area on the 7th , drive by the theater , who knows maybe there will be some scalpers to provide you with a ticket to his sold-out show .














Exclusive Drone Video Shows A Frozen Niagara Falls





   From NBC News: ” The bitter cold temperatures have turned Niagara Falls into a beautiful series of frozen falls.”

RC Millennium Falcon Drone Created By Hobbyist




” Star Wars fans are sure to want to make of get their hands on this awesome Millennium Falcon drone that has been created by hobbyist and drone master builder and YouTube member, Oliver C, who’s next project is going to be a Tie Fighter.

  The Millennium Falcon drone custom skin is constructed from lightweight foam and fits snuggle onto the original chassis of the drone. You can see it being tested as a prototype and flown outside in the videos below.”


Geeky-Gadgets has more












What You Should Know Before Flying A Drone In The UK






” Drones used to be scary, specialist equipment reserved for the military and dystopian sci-fi novels. But now they’re everywhere. Companies have worked out how to make these unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) cheap and reasonably easy to fly, enticing a whole new wave of amateur pilots. Whether you want to use one for photography or filming purposes, or simply to master the art of flight, it’s never been easier to have a go.

  The rapid rise in drone ownership has left many governments scrambling to work out how, if at all, these lightweight aircraft should be regulated. The rules and restrictions vary around the world, so it’s always a good idea to familiarize yourself before launching a drone somewhere new. Keen to start flying in the UK? Here’s everything you should know first.”


    Before any of you Brits plunk down your hard earned money on a drone be sure to read the rules on the current state of drone use in the UK .













FPV Quadcopter – Gun Cam




Daily Video 12.30.14

Drone Killjoys: F.A.A. Takes Aim at Private Unmanned Aerial Vehicles




Published on Dec 27, 2014

” The Federal Aviation Administration’s proposed rules for private and commercial drone use would limit hobbyists, but possibly cripple businesses. Should the federal government have authority to require pilot licenses for commercial drone operators — including logging cockpit fight time? With a half million drones taking off in the U.S., is it exciting to be back in the early barnstorming days, or is it scary that the federal government has virtually no rules about drones. “












Flying Frenchies And Parrot To Shoot Extreme Sports Thanks To Bebop Drone






” Globally known for their famous base jump with a human catapult from the highest cliff in the world and for having walked on a rope between two hot-air balloons, the Flying Frenchies now provide a new point of view of their exploits thanks to their drone.

  Controlled by its Skycontroller, the Parrot Bebop Drone shot the latest stunt of the Flying Frenchies: the first base jump from a trapeze. A world premiere! “


Thanks to Parrot











Our Guide To This Year’s Holiday Season Filled With Fishing Apparel, Tackle, Electronics And More



   This ROV from Deep Trekker would make a great gift to the mariner on your list but beware of the $4000 price tag … and this is the starter model . The flagship model , DTG2 Turbo Worker , lists for $10,000 . 



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DTG2 from Deep Trekker


” The DTG2 from Deep Trekker comes complete with a standard 50 meters of tether that connects you to the Superbright LCD Screen Controller and offers the first completely portable, remotely operated vehicle (ROV). Built to last, the DTG2 is constructed of a cast-aluminum body that encases a 360-degree window and allows the user to have an unprecedented field of view, whether checking out the bottom of the boat or exploring the ocean floor. Typical battery life ranges from six to eight hours. “



Watch this video of the DTG2 and see just how cool it is …






    As cool as an underwater ROV might be we personally can see ourselves having much more fun from a gift of the V2 , state of the art , waterproof , floating drone from SeaHex which is a steal at $8,000 … (sarc off) 




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SeaHex V2


” The SeaHex V2 changes the stakes for the ever-growing market of quadcopter drones. The big brother of the V1, which allows for safe water recovery, the V2 provides the impressive ability for both water landings and takeoffs. When coupled with the offshore fishing package, the SeaHex V2 lets you create a program to search a half-mile grid in front of you while sending a live feed back to an iPad or a smartphone onboard. That’s a huge advantage when looking for baitballs or a feeding frenzy.”



And here is a video of the SeaHex V2 in action …






    While we have highlighted a couple of the most expensive items on the list , do not be deterred . There is something for all budgets among the great gift ideas for the fisherman/boater you love at Marlin Magazine












The GoPro Drone




Published on Nov 26, 2014

” The wearable video camera maker is developing its own line of consumer multi-rotor helicopter drones to expand from its core business with surfers and other sports enthusiasts.”










Postcards From Pripyat, Chernobyl




” Chernobyl is one of the most interesting and dangerous places I’ve been. The nuclear disaster, which happened in 1986 (the year after I was born), had an effect on so many people, including my family when we lived in Italy. The nuclear dust clouds swept westward towards us. The Italian police went round and threw away all the local produce and my mother rushed out to purchase as much tinned milk as possible to feed me, her infant son.

  It caused so much distress hundreds of miles away, so I can’t imagine how terrifying it would have been for the hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian citizens who were forced to evacuate.

  During my stay, I met so many amazing people, one of whom was my guide Yevgen, also known as a ‘Stalker’. We spent the week together exploring Chernobyl and the nearby abandoned city of Pripyat. There was something serene, yet highly disturbing about this place. Time has stood still and there are memories of past happenings floating around us.

  Armed with a camera and a dosimeter geiger counter I explored…

  dannycooke.co.uk Follow me on twitter @dannycooke

  Shot using DJI Phantom 2 (GoPro3+) and Canon 7D “










Mt Martha Woman Snapped Sunbaking In G-String By Real Estate Drone




” A BOARD showing a G-string-clad woman has been removed after she became the accidental attraction in a real estate advertising campaign for a house sale in Mt Martha.

  An ambitious agent enlisted a drone to take an aerial photograph of the property, which includes a sweeping image of the beach.”







” But the picture also captured small business owner Mandy Lingard, a mother of three and grandmother of one, sunbaking topless in the privacy of her back yard.

  The image, which includes Ms Lingard lying face down wearing just a G-string, was on the display advertising board outside her neighbour’s house before being removed today.

“I heard a noise and then I saw this odd thing flying around and thought it was a kid’s toy. It hovered around and luckily I was face down at the time,” Ms Lingard said.”



Read more at Perth Now

DJI’s New Inspire 1 Quadcopter Lifts Its Arms To Shoot Stunning 4K Video







” Cinematographers and geeks alike already use DJI drones to shoot some pretty epic aerial photography. Those airborne images and video are about to get a lot better with the company’s newest quadcopter, the Inspire 1, which has a built-in 4k camera. The sleek, streamlined black-and-white drone transforms in mid-air into a V design by lifting its carbon-fiber arms above the camera assembly, allowing the user to shoot unobstructed video in any direction.

  The on-board camera can capture 4K video at 24, 25, and 30 fps, and 1080p video at 24, 25, 30, 50, and 60 fps. The Inspire 1 can snap 12-megapixel stills with its 94-degree wide-angle lens — the camera itself rotates a full 360 degrees and can tilt down 125 degrees. It’s also detachable, meaning you can upgrade the camera when a new version comes along.

” 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,” says Frank Wang, DJI CEO and co-founder. 

  DJI says the drone can fly stable and steady even in strong winds or navigate the indoors without GPS. Inspire 1 uses an optical flow camera that maintains a stereoscopic image of the ground, which helps to prevent it from drifting while you’re trying to record video. “



A beautifully engineered creation , if a little on the pricey side .

Read more at Popular Mechanics










Watch A Drone Take Off From Another Drone







” In this video, a drone aircraft carrier takes off into the sky with another drone on top of it. That second, more normal airplane drone, then takes off from a runway that is itself already flying. It’s like something straight out of The Avengers, but instead of a fictional platform costing untold billions of dollars, this is a real thing that someone made and flew in their backyard:

  This isn’t the first homemade remote control helicarrier. A hobbyist built one in 2012 but that carrier didn’t also launch drones.

  This working model, made by hobbyists at Flite Test, is less stylized but more functional. The carrier looks like a modified quadcopter, with four rotors balanced two to a side along its rectangular length. It hovers a few feet of the ground, before a very small drone takes flight, dipping a little as it falls off the end before flying around towards the camera. It’s a neat feat, and one that’s probably confined to toy robots for now.

  What’s the likelihood of a human-sized version? Not great without some kind of major innovation. The energy needs for such a craft are tremendous, requiring the same amount of force as that generated by some 70 Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Boosters to lift it into the air. For now, it seems the Navy is content with floating runways instead of flying ones. And when an idea is so expensive that the Pentagon dismisses it, it’s really too expensive. “


Thanks to Popular Science














The Navy’s Developing Little Autonomous Boats To Defend Its Ships







” Navy ships are at their most vulnerable when they’re resupplying in port or navigating narrow straits or rivers because they’re tricky to maneuver in tight quarters and vulnerable to attack. The attack 14 years ago on the USS Cole as it refueled while berthed in Yemen, an attack that killed 17 American sailors and reiterated the need to protect warships in port.

  To counter asymmetric attacks—the 505-foot Cole was attacked by a small craft packed with explosives that ripped 40-foot gash in the destroyer—the Navy uses small patrol craft for close-quarters defense. And that means placing sailors in the line of fire. That got the Office of Naval Research into developing autonomous technology for small “swarmboats” that could be used for risky jobs.

  These vessels would, much like the autonomous minesweepers the Army is testing, act as a force multiplier, allowing one sailor to do the work of several, from a safe location.

  The technology, called Control Architecture for Robotic Agent Command and Sensing (CARACaS), is essentially an autopilot on steroids that can be installed on nearly any boat. During a test in August on the James River in Newport News, Virginia, Navy researchers used 13 rigid-hulled inflatable boats equipped with the technology to escort a “high-value” ship and swarm an “enemy” vessel. The boats decide on their own where to go, when to steer, and when to apply the throttle. A human operator, who can be in another ship, a helicopter, or well away from the action, uses a laptop to tell the swarmboats which craft are to be protected and which are to be attacked. Think of it as an officer giving his (robotic) sailors a mission—protect this guy, attack that one—and letting them determine how best to fulfill it.”




Wired has more













New Jersey Man Accused Of Shooting Down Neighbor’s Remote Control Drone




” A New Jersey man was arrested after police say he shot down a neighbor’s remote control drone.

According to investigators, officers with the Lower Township Police Department were called to a home in the 1000 block of Seashore Road on September 26th to investigate the report by a resident that his remote control helicopter (drone) was shot down.

  Investigators say the resident was taking aerial photographs of his friend’s home, which is under construction.

  While doing so, the resident told police he heard several gunshots as he simultaneously lost control of the drone.

  After retrieving the drone, the resident observed multiple holes in it that were consistent with a shotgun blast.”


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Daily Comedy 9.30.14

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver: Drones





Published on Sep 28, 2014

” The United States has launched a huge number of drone strikes under President Obama.
It’s widely accepted and extremely terrifying.”
















Drones Deployed By Tax Inspectors Near Buenos Aires Found 200 Mansions And 100 Swimming Pools That Hadn’t Been Declared




” The Argentine government has used drones to catch out wealthy tax evaders who had not declared mansions and swimming pools.

  Unmanned aircraft were dispatched over an upper class area of Buenos Aires and discovered 200 homes and 100 pools that had not been detailed on returns.

  Tax officials said the drones took pictures of luxury houses standing on lots registered as empty.

  The evasions found by the drones amounted to missing tax payments of more than $2 million and owners of the properties have been warned they now face large fines.

  The unregistered mansions and pools were found in an area about 10 miles south of the city and, according to the tax agency, they appeared to be large and constructed with “premium materials”. “



The Telegraph has much more











The Utter Failure Of Obama






Barack Obama is destined to be the greatest flop in American presidential history.  He is, in every sense of the word, an utter failure.

  Consider first his signature achievement, Obamacare.  Not only has Obama had to delay implementation, creating a perfect precedent for his Republican successor to do the same, but the law is more unpopular today than it has ever been according to all polling data. 

  Pew Research reports that 55% of Americans disapprove of Obamacare.  A clear plurality of Americans believe that they will be worse off because of Obamacare.  CBS News lists the “strongly approve” of Obamacare at 16%, while “strongly disapprove” is a whopping 47%.  Every polling organization, no matter how the question is worded, shows the same public disdain for this law.

  Obama, who “won” the Nobel Peace Prize almost as soon as he took office, is now officially a warmonger president – but one who leads from behind and rejects every attempt to form a national consensus policy, and whose utter haplessness in guiding national security is stunning.  Syria, Libya, Ukraine, Iraq – everywhere in the world, really – Obama’s foreign policy has been almost comic opera.”


Read the whole piece from Bruce Walker at American Thinker











Commentary From John Whitehead At The Rutherford Institute






” By John W. Whitehead 
June 16, 2014

A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty.”—James Madison

“ Here [in New Mexico], we are moving more toward a national police force. Homeland Security is involved with a lot of little things around town. Somebody in Washington needs to call a timeout.”—Dan Klein, retired Albuquerque Police Department sergeant.

  If the United States is a police state, then the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is its national police force, with all the brutality, ineptitude and corruption such a role implies. In fact, although the DHS’ governmental bureaucracy may at times appear to be inept and bungling, it is ruthlessly efficient when it comes to building what the Founders feared most—a standing army on American soil.

The third largest federal agency behind the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense, the DHS—with its 240,000 full-time workers, $61 billion budget and sub-agencies that include the Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection, Secret Service, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)—has been aptly dubbed a “runaway train.”

  In the 12 years since it was established to “prevent terrorist attacks within the United States,” the DHS has grown from a post-9/11 knee-jerk reaction to a leviathan with tentacles in every aspect of American life. With good reason, a bipartisan bill to provide greater oversight and accountability into the DHS’ purchasing process has been making its way through Congress.

  A better plan would be to abolish the DHS altogether. In making the case for shutting down the de facto national police agency, analyst Charles Kenny offers the following six reasons: one, the agency lacks leadership; two, terrorism is far less of a threat than it is made out to be; three, the FBI has actually stopped more alleged terrorist attacks than DHS; four, the agency wastes exorbitant amounts of money with little to show for it; five, “An overweight DHS gets a free pass to infringe civil liberties without a shred of economic justification”; and six, the agency is just plain bloated.

  To Kenny’s list, I will add the following: The menace of a national police force, a.k.a. a standing army, vested with so much power cannot be overstated, nor can its danger be ignored. Indeed, as the following list shows, just about every nefarious deed, tactic or thuggish policy advanced by the government today can be traced back to the DHS, its police state mindset, and the billions of dollars it distributes to police agencies in the form of grants.

  Militarizing police and SWAT teams. The DHS routinely hands out six-figure grants to enable local municipalities to purchase military-style vehicles, as well as a veritable war chest of weaponry, ranging from tactical vests, bomb-disarming robots, assault weapons and combat uniforms. This rise in military equipment purchases funded by the DHS has, according to analysts Andrew Becker and G.W. Schulz, “paralleled an apparent increase in local SWAT teams.” The end result? An explosive growth in the use of SWAT teams for otherwise routine police matters, an increased tendency on the part of police to shoot first and ask questions later, and an overall mindset within police forces that they are at war—and the citizenry are the enemy combatants.”

     Below are a list of other ways in which the State is busy eroding our Constitutional rights , all explored in greater depth at the Rutherford Institute .

” Spying on activists, dissidents and veterans. 

Stockpiling ammunition. 

Distributing license plate readers. 

Contracting to build detention camps. 

Tracking cell-phones with Stingray devices. 

Carrying out military drills and lockdowns in American cities. 

Using the TSA as an advance guard. 

Conducting virtual strip searches with full-body scanners. 

Carrying out soft target checkpoints. 

Directing government workers to spy on Americans.  

Conducting widespread spying networks using fusion centers. 

Carrying out Constitution-free border control searches. 

Funding city-wide surveillance cameras. 

Utilizing drones and other spybots. 

  It’s not difficult to see why the DHS has been described as a “wasteful, growing, fear-mongering beast.” If it is a beast, however, it is a beast that is accelerating our nation’s transformation into a police state through its establishment of a standing army, a.k.a. national police force.

  This, too, is nothing new. Historically, as I show in my book A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, the establishment of a national police force has served as a fundamental and final building block for every totalitarian regime that has ever wreaked havoc on humanity, from Hitler’s all-too-real Nazi Germany to George Orwell’s fictional Oceania. Whether fictional or historical, however, the calling cards of these national police agencies remain the same: brutality, inhumanity, corruption, intolerance, rigidity, and bureaucracy—in other words, evil. “

Read more here

Our Weekly Dose Of Armament





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Daily Video 3.13.14

Proposed Bill Would Curb Militarization Of US Police




Published on Mar 12, 2014

” The Pentagon’s 1033 program, which “provides or transfers surplus Department of Defense military equipment to state and local civilian law enforcement agencies without charge,” needs a major overhaul to prevent the further militarization of American police departments, Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) argues in a new USA Today op-ed. The program currently allows small-town police departments, like that in Roanoke Rapids, N.C., to receive Mine-Resistant, Ambush-Protected vehicles (or MRAPs), assault weapons, drones and other military-grade equipment – that they may never use – for free, instead of paying hundreds of thousands of dollars for them. And then those small towns can turn around and sell that equipment online. RT’s Gayane Chichakyan discusses the militarization of US police with Michael Shank from the Friends Committee on National Legislation, who co-wrote the Johnson op-ed.”










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