Monthly Archives December 2016

10 Times Drones Challenged Mother Nature & lost. 10 Videos show the action.

We may have cutting-edge technology, but sometimes nature controls the outcome

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We humans may think ourselves masters over nature, but sometimes nature comes along to put us in our place. This is especially true for drones, who often fly where they should fear to tread and learn a harsh lesson.

(In all seriousness, please keep drones away from animals. You damage your drone and you can also cause significant harm to the animals. If you’re a drone owner, these videos offer a good illustration of what not to do.)

1…Drone vs. Dog

Dogs have been bred and trained for millennia to guard and protect humans. If there’s something moving in the grass over there, this dog will do its job and check it out. Good dog.

Winner: Dog

2…Drone vs. Hawk

Drones have merely adopted the sky...

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COOL DRONES ON SHOW HERE

The 10 Coolest Drones at the World’s Biggest Robot War Games

Drones are coming—by land, air, and sea

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Unmanned Warrior is the world’s biggest robot war game, currently taking place for two weeks off the coast of Scotland. It was proposed by First Sea Lord Admiral George Zambellas to give airborne, surface, and underwater drones from various suppliers a chance to show off their prowess. Unmanned Warrior is part of Joint Warrior, an exercise involving 30 warships and submarines from 18 nations. But for the newly inaugurated robot portion, the U.S. is a strong presence, with teams from the Office of Naval Research (ONR).

As robots continue packing increased capability in smaller, lower-cost packages, these exercises are a glimpse into the future of naval warfare...

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DRONE HITTING A PLANE.. VIDEO SHOWS DAMAGE DONE

What Really Happens When a Drone Strikes an Airplane

Drones strikes are not like bird strikes—they’re much, much worse.

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The skies are getting crowded.

The FAA says that reports of near-misses between drones and planes have surged since 2014, with as many as 650 cases as of August 2016. Last month an airliner narrowly avoided hitting a drone near London’s tallest skyscraper. Dubai airport has been repeatedly shut down by drone activity, and low-flying drones are increasingly disrupting firefighting aircraft in the western U.S.

Sooner or later, those near-messes are going to become hits. So experts from the U.S. and U.K. are recreating these deadly scenarios before they wreck real-world consequences, hoping to nip this 21st century problem in the bud. New studies by the FAA and its Euro...

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