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Submission + - Golf Channel drone (

garymortimer writes: "Perhaps it’s already too late for the FAA to try and enforce drone rules. Personal or commercial flying robots look to be here to stay and will be operated regardless of what the FAA say the restrictions are. To date they have not charged anyone in relation to commercial use or endangering persons or property, many folks contend they don’t have the legal right to do such a thing.

This hexacopter image was captured by Vine user Chad Coleman filming golfers at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Bay Hill."


Submission + - iPhone controlled paper place ( 1

garymortimer writes: "PowerUp Toys launched with a singular aspiration: to test the limitations of timeless homemade toys with technology, to go beyond the possibilities that have confined the imaginations of kids, their parents, and their parents’ parents for oh-so long. Remember learning to fold your first paper boat, car, or airplane? Imagine that boat not merely drifting, but cruising across a pond; paper cars racing down the sidewalk; paper planes soaring high above the trees. Whimsical, perhaps beyond belief, but not impossible. With this, PowerUp Toys has propelled homemade paper toys into the modern world literally!"

Submission + - Drone photos polluters punished (

garymortimer writes: "In January 2012 we were sent the images that exposed the level of pollution occurring. They were taken by an sUAS News reader that still wishes to remain anonymous. The story went viral and continues to receive hits nearly a year later. I believe this is the first environmental crime to be prosecuted on the basis of UA evidence. Authorities had to act because of the attention the story was receiving."

Submission + - Drone made of Lego takes flight. (

garymortimer writes: "Credit must go to Ed’s son’s Nicholas and Joshua Scott who designed the worlds first flying robot made out of Lego!

Equipped with a Go Pro camera to record it’s surroundings and a first person view (FPV) camera and transmitter sending back live video images to its pilot the Lego quadrocopter is an advanced machine. It is kept on an even keel and able to navigate waypoints via GPS thanks to an APM 2.5 autopilot from 3DR."


Submission + - DARPA drone has load placing arm (

garymortimer writes: "The research team designed and developed a low-cost vision system to estimate the target’s position relative to the hovering vehicle in real time. This vision system enables the UAV to search and find the target for the emplacement autonomously and then perform the action.

DARPA’s precision emplacement technology demonstration paves the way for precise long-range delivery of small payloads into difficult-to-reach environments."


Submission + - Drone playing with Boeing at Boston Logan (

garymortimer writes: "A video of a multirotor being flown by YouTube user BeastinEastie is receiving attention on UAS communities online. Condemnation all around. The craft is being flown perhaps within 1.5km of the 27 end of Boston Logan airfield. It took off from Coughlin Park. Thanks to RCMike from Multi Rotor Forums for filling me in.

The phrase caution wake turbulence comes to mind as you can see in the image above what looks to be a 737 arrives in shot at 17 seconds. What happens starting at 2:40 is just staggering."


Submission + - Activists' drone shot out of the sky for fourth time (

garymortimer writes: "“I had more control than I anticipated,” he said. “I couldn’t believe it didn’t just drop out of the sky.”

Photos provided by the animal rights group show the multicopter smoking on the ground, with its lithium polymer battery supply smoldering. Another photo shows the drone’s video camera smashed. The drone, dubbed “Angel,” was a Cinestar 8 octocopter estimated at $4,000.

This wasn’t the first time SHARK has been shot out of the sky. This is the fourth drone that the group has lost while investigating pigeon shootings. One drone landed on club property, and is the subject of an ongoing lawsuit.

“It’s becoming a regular occurrence because the police refuse to do anything,” Hindi said."


Submission + - UAV Solar Turbine to deliver 30 to 90 days of flight ( 1

garymortimer writes: "What if you had the opportunity to help fund a product that can CHANGE THE WORLD?

The AirShip V2 Solar Turbine is designed to provide critical new capabilities in a reliable and more affordable manner; all while consuming no fossil fuels and emitting no carbon emissions. Its reduced carbon footprint is defined by multiple stages:

Solar film nanotechnology
Clean tech solar turbine manufacturing
Renewable solar electric power for long flying time
AirShipTG has designed a Solar Turbine engine that is more efficient, non-polluting and inexpensive to use than any other small UAV propulsion system in the market. It is an industry game-changing revolutionary approach to ultralite UAV propulsion that eliminates the carbon footprint. It reduces UAV aircraft weight and eliminates the need to carry onboard fuel because of the introduction of renewable solar energy with rechargeable ultra-capacitors."


Submission + - Dragonfly spy drone fits in a hand Georgia Tech (

garymortimer writes: "The TechJect Robot Dragonfly is a multi-engineering design. It requires everything from aerodynamics, machine design, mechatronics, electronics, communication systems, flight control software, user-interfaces and much more. We’ve put in a lot of work to bring harmony to chaos and bring the dragonfly to life; however, getting something robust enough to endure the elements, strong enough to outlast crashes and accidents; smart enough so everyone can operate them easily; and finally cheap enough so everyone can afford one, we have to professionally manufacture the robot bugs; which is an expensive proposition."

Submission + - Fly it; Play it; Hack it $230k Kickstarter drone project (

garymortimer writes: "Another UA Kickstarter project takes off, this one has the potential to change how military multicopters might be flown. An impressive total already, at the time of writing, 146 backers and $17,329 only $212,671 to go! Best of luck team, will be watching with interest.

This is not your ordinary quadcopter!

Our tilt-to-fly Mimix controller is so simple that flying becomes second nature. Now you can do other fun things with your friends like playing real-life, multi-player aerial games – indoors or out. Try doing that with any other palm-sized quadcopter!"


Submission + - Drone duel outwits FAA, but not hackers (

garymortimer writes: "What began as a think tank stunt with a do-it-yourself drone turned into a lesson for researchers on the inadequacy of Federal Aviation Administration unmanned aircraft zoning.

Benjamin Wittes, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, challenged friends to a duel in the sky last weekend with smartphone-controlled toy helicopters purchased from Brookstone. Congress this year mandated that FAA open the U.S. airspace to privately owned drones in 2015. On Sunday, two children younger than 15 helped Wittes win the Drone Smackdown by disabling their opponents’ control panel, or iPhone in this case."

"What people have been reduced to are mere 3-D representations of their own data." -- Arthur Miller