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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 + - 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."


Submission + - Unknown US bird shaped drone crashes in Pakistan (

garymortimer writes: We can't find any other images of this UAV, if it is from America its unknown. It looks like it has had several repairs, most interesting is the number 140 on the tail. Perhaps indicating there are more than one of these about.

QUETTA, Pakistan — An American surveillance drone equipped with a camera crashed in southwestern Pakistan Thursday close to the Afghan border, local officials said, adding the wreckage had been recovered.

The unmanned aircraft went down because of a technical fault just inside Pakistani territory in Chaman town, in insurgency-hit Baluchistan province, but had caused no damage, a security official in the area told AFP.

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Submission + - CU hybrid aircraft propulsion system (

garymortimer writes: A team led by Jean Koster in the aerospace engineering department at the University of Colorado at Boulder have developed a method for switching between an internal combustion engine (powered by conventional fuel or biofuels) and an electric motor (powered by batteries, photovoltaic cells, fuel cells or other alternative power sources). The ability to transition seamlessly between these two motors maximizes overall efficiency and minimizes fuel consumption, while still meeting the high-power needs of takeoff and climbing

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