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Drone Gang Jailed After Impressive 49-Flight Prison Smuggling Run

December 13, 2017 - 8:20am

People have been using drones to smuggle goods for years. Porn, weapons, drugs—god, so many drugs. The tiny whirring machines have proven discreet little contraband-transport contraptions, but one smuggling operation’s astoundingly successful run just got grounded.

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Turns Out Eagles Are a Bad Solution for Capturing Rogue Drones

December 12, 2017 - 7:20am

In January of last year, the Dutch National Police announced they were training eagles to take down misbehaving drones. More than a year later, police have determined that perhaps sicking massive birds of prey at rogue contraptions in the sky isn’t an ideal solution. NOS reports that Dutch police are retiring the…

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Earth Looks Like a Bleak Alien World Under the Blinding Glow of a Drone Carrying a Spotlight

December 4, 2017 - 9:41am

As soon as cameras got small enough to ride along with drones, the internet quickly filled with amazing aerial footage shot by pros and amateurs alike. But in addition to a camera-equipped drone, filmmaker Ian Montgomery used a second quadcopter carrying a bright spotlight to capture these eerie videos of what barely…

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Amazon Wants to Protect You From Falling Drones by Making Them Self-Destruct

December 1, 2017 - 7:05am

It was almost two years ago to the day when Amazon released a cheeky video detailing its plans to conquer the skies with a fleet of package-delivering drones. We’re still waiting for these unmanned aircraft to replace standard trucks and delivery personnel, but it’s clear Amazon hasn’t abandoned the idea. Earlier this…

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Homeland Security Thinks DJI Is Using Its Drones to Spy on America

November 30, 2017 - 7:30am

Various members of the Trump administration, including the president himself, are famous for buying into crazy conspiracy theories. Now, the Los Angeles office of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has come up with a whopper of its own. These guys think China is spying on unsuspecting…

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Drone Pilot Drops 'Anti-Media' Leaflets Over NFL Games, Fails to Send Message

November 27, 2017 - 7:25am

On Sunday, one man decided to take to the skies with a consumer drone to spread his manifesto over two NFL stadiums in California. He probably would’ve been better off just posting on Reddit.

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Artificially Intelligent Drones Become Terrifying Killing Machines in Dystopian Short Film

November 13, 2017 - 9:25am

In preparation for this week’s UN Convention on Conventional Weapons in Geneva, Switzerland, the Future of Life Institute has released a disturbing sci-fi short that shows what might happen if we fail to place an international moratorium on autonomous killing machines.

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A Drone Captured This Hypnotic Timelapse Footage by Flying in Giant Circles 

November 10, 2017 - 8:41am

Sometimes a unique camera move can produce fascinating footage without the need for special effects or weeks of post-production. For its short film, Low Earth Orbit, Visual Suspect, a Hong Kong-based video production company, simply had a camera drone fly in a giant orbit to capture dizzying aerial footage of…

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Any Advice For A New Drone Pilot?

November 7, 2017 - 4:30pm

The unmanned aerial vehicles, quadcopters and/or aerobats we all call “drones” have become so commonplace that you can pick one up in a drug store along with your toilet paper and candy. I have big dreams of flying a fancy one, but today my quest begins modestly.

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The LAPD Has Decided It Needs Drones

October 17, 2017 - 9:35pm

The Los Angeles Police Department approved a test program to deploy drones alongside its officers on Tuesday, with the Police Commission voting 3-1 to roll out a year-long “small Unmanned Aerial System” program.

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Hey, Maybe Don't Fly Drones Where Firefighters Are Trying to Save Lives

October 16, 2017 - 8:30pm

It’s understandable that UAV enthusiasts might be tempted to grab amazing footage of ongoing disasters like the northern California wildfires—providing a unique perspective of a climate change-fueled catastrophe which has now killed at least 41 people, burned down thousands of buildings and laid waste to hundreds of…

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Video Shows US Drone Shot Down by Houthi Rebels in Yemen

October 2, 2017 - 9:55am

On Sunday, a United States-built MQ-9 Reaper drone was shot down in western Yemen, the Pentagon confirmed on Monday.

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You Only Have Six Days Left to Make That Sick, Viral Statue of Liberty Drone Video

September 28, 2017 - 1:50pm

The FAA fun police have struck again. The agency has already put restrictions on flying drones over and around national parks, military bases, and airports. Now it has announced it’s restricting drone flights near Department of Interior sites, including the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, and the Hoover Dam.

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Incredible Footage of a Drone Racing Up a Mountain Had Me Reaching For a Seatbelt

September 22, 2017 - 7:28am

Remember the RC toys you had as a kid? The ones you would lose control of when they went out of range 50 feet away? Gabriel Kocher’s custom-built camera drone has a range of almost two miles, allowing him to pilot it to the top of a mountain and capture exhilarating footage along the way.

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This Footage of a Drone Buzzing a Cargo Train Turned My Stomach Inside Out

September 21, 2017 - 7:54am

Your childhood fantasies of soaring through the air like Iron Man or Superman will seem far less fantastic after this sobering first-person footage of a drone racing alongside a moving cargo train reveals just how terrifying (and slightly nauseating) it would be to actually fly.

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Lockheed Martin Destroys Drones in Latest Laser Weapons Demo

September 21, 2017 - 5:38am

Lasers are the future of war. And if this new video by defense company Lockheed Martin is any indication, that future is pretty damn close.

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Sit in the Cockpit with this Drone-Like Paper Airplane

September 15, 2017 - 10:52am

In combination with your phone, this drone-like paper airplane, and included VR headset, you can live your dream of piloting your own plane. A camera sits on top of the plane allowing you to see what the plane sees for up to a 10 minute flight up to 300 feet.

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Kaleidoscopic Drone Footage Takes You To Mind-Bending Places That Can't Really Exist

September 13, 2017 - 9:13am

It looks like drone pilot and videographer Alban Roinard somehow managed to fly his quadcopter into the dream worlds of Christopher Nolan’s Inception. But watching these European cities fold onto themselves isn’t the result of a million dollars-worth of special effects; it’s just simple mirroring tricks applied to…

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Rocket-Powered Ninja Swords Are the Best Way to Take Out a Nuisance Drone

August 28, 2017 - 6:03am

In the United States, it’s illegal to interfere with any aircraft soaring over your property. So if your neighbor’s drone is caught spying on you, you can’t just shoot it out of the air. But apparently the laws are different in Sweden, where you can take down drones using impossibly dangerous weapons; like a…

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Hurricane Harvey Drone Footage Is Absolutely Heartbreaking

August 28, 2017 - 4:35am

We’ve all seen plenty of heartbreaking images from Texas this weekend, as vicious floods continue to destroy lives and property in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. But some of the most chilling footage has been taken from the sky, as hobby drones in the region document the devastation that’s still taking place.

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