Category BIRDS

Police in Holland train eagles to snatch unwanted drones out of the sky

GOTCHA .!! SAYS TRAINED EAGLE ON SNATCHING DRONE WHILST IN MID FLIGHT

GIF: Dutch police demonstrate the eagle in action (Credit: YouTube/Politie)

Dutch police are training eagles to snatch rogue drones from the sky during emergencies, in the latest effort to combat unsafe drone use.

In a partnership with “raptor training company” Guard From Above, the Dutch National Police began the trial as an alternative to using nets to bring unwanted drones down.

“There are situations where drones cannot fly … almost always related to safety,” said Mark Wiebes, innovation manager of the National Unit of the police.

“There is a case where an air ambulance would land but could not because someone out there flew a drone.

“You can also imagine that people want to take beautiful pictures of an event an...

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COCKROACH & BIRDS ROBOTIC DRONES DO IT TOGETHER HERE AS A TEAM

Watch a robotic cockroach launch a robotic bird off of its back

velociroach-and-h2 image www.spy-drones.com

Thu, 05/28/2015 – 1:55pm
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2 robots are better than 1, especially when they work as a team.

Meet VelociRoACH and H2Bird. Together they make the coolest part-walking, part-flying robot duo. The cockroach-bird pairing, developed by researchers at UC Berkeley, combines two forms of locomotion in one platform, taking advantage of the efficiency and endurance of a ground robot with the range and versatility of a flying robot.

The running roach-bot acts as a launch pad for the micro aerial “bird”. H2Bird weighs a little over 13 grams and can go airborne for about 90 seconds but it can’t take on its own—it needs a boost of at least 1.3 meters per second from its counterpart...

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