15 Unlucky Drones That Crashed Into Buildings.Watch Videos

Drones are great fun to fly but when obstacles get in the way, your landing might not always be a pleasant one.

Skyscrapers and other buildings that jut up into a drone’s natural domain remain one of a quadcopters most dangerous enemies. Here are 15 examples.From PM.

Drone vs. Building

When the quadcopter flies up to high and loses signal, it typically enters “return to home” mode and autopilot takes over. This is far better than just falling out of the sky, but it can be a problem when there’s something like a building in the way. Observe!

Drone vs. Skyscraper (x2)

Sometimes, it will even hit a building in the way, twice.

Drone vs. Space Needle

This New Years Eve footage of a drone circling the Seattle Space Needle was great until the drone lost signal causing it to crash ...

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Latest Drone from China Can Stay in the Air for Months at a time

The Caihong, or “Rainbow,” is capable of a maximum altitude of over 60,000 feet.

China has built a new drone plane that can stay in the air for months at a time. Called the Caihong (“Rainbow”), it was developed by the China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics.

The uncrewed craft took part in a test flight in Northern China last week, where it set a record altitude of over 65,000 feet, higher than any other Chinese drone. (The world record for highest altitude for a remote drone is around 96,000 feet, set by the Helios Prototype in 2001.)

Following upgrades and improvements over the coming year, the CAAA team expects the Caihong will be able to stay in the air for several months or perhaps even years at a time, making the drone useful for surveillance, cartography, communications, and emerg...

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CONFETTI CANNONS TO BRING DOWN DRONES

There are lots of ways to dispose of a drone, but this one might be the most inventive. A YouTube user caught a drone getting fatally entangled while in the path of a confetti cannon. After this badly timed collision, gravity takes care of the rest.

The drone likely belonged to either the DJ’s management or the festival as these aerial cameras have become increasingly more popular at concerts. Although a confetti cannon is a first, other bands have taken matters more directly into their hands when it comes to disposing of a pesky drone.

Overall though, confetti cannons plus massive crowds sounds like a situation worth avoiding in the future.

Henry Sapiecha

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The Winter-Proof high payload Drone That Will Watch the Arctic [Pics & Video]

A high-payload, low-cost drone would change Arctic science forever. But the challenge of making it freeze-proof still remains.

The wide-open spaces of the Arctic are a dream for drone science. A maneuverable eye in the sky has made unmanned aircraft a go-to method for counting sea lion populations, mapping ice cover, and perhaps one day for search-and-rescue operations off Alaska’s coast.

But small drones bring their own inconveniences, too, like limited flight time and a small payload. That was a problem for the U.S. federal research facility Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), which needed something that could carry lots of equipment to measure solar irradiance, three-dimensional windspeed, and analyze air particulates...

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Amazon foresees drone-delivery towers for urban areas

This cylindrical hive is Amazon’s vision of a UAV delivery center, where trucks can deliver loads of items for aerial last-mile delivery by swarms of multicopter drones (Credit: USPTO

A patent filed by Amazon outlines the company’s vision for vertical drone delivery hives that could be destined for urban centers. These tall, multilevel cylinders would receive truck freight at the ground level, with robots then loading up delivery drones that would leave and return through dozens of windows dotted up the sides of the structure.

Amazon’s vast order fulfillment centres are already otherworldly...

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Low-cost Valkyrie and Mako “wingman” combat drones shown by Kratos

The Kratos XQ-222 Valkyrie will act as an armed-to-the-teeth buddy for manned combat aircraft initially, but swarms of combat drones now seem likely in the not-too-distant future (Credit: Kratos Defense)

Defense company Kratos has announced that it will show two low-cost combat drones at the Paris Air Show next week, offering an insight as to what military conflicts might look like in the foreseeable future – a manned combat jet leading dozens of 1,000 km/h lethally-armed unmanned companions.

The Kratos XQ-222 Valkyrie and UTAP-22 Mako drones offer fighter-like performance at between US$2 and $3 million apiece, compared with $100 million for each manned fighter...

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Tooled up Marines Build Drones on the Battlefield

Through a program called Marine Makers, they’re learning how to build devices, and to be more innovative thinkers

n the battlefield, U.S. Marines have long had a reputation for resourcefulness, a talent for adapting quickly and decisively to the unexpected. So try to imagine a future where Marines, using a laptop and a 3-D printer, are able to build and deploy a drone customized to support that day’s mission.

Sounds far-fetched? Not at all, insists Capt. Christopher Wood, who sees the scenario as more goal than fantasy.

“I don’t want to say that we will achieve that, but that’s where we think we can go,” he said. “We think the technology is there to do something like that, to put drones on the battlefield—on demand, as needed, and with mission-optimized platforms.”

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This Drone Will Get You Into Drone Racing

Hone your drone skills before stepping into the big league.

Under normal circumstances, going from zero experience flying drones right to drone racing would be like jumping into NASCAR competition the day after you get your driver’s license. But the Aerix Black Talon isn’t your average racing drone. Beginners will find it easy to pilot, and with its $99 price tag, they’ll also find it extremely affordable.

The Aerix Black Talon is the first ever drone designed for racing newbies. It features a 6-axis flight control system that aids handling, paired with the extreme performance you’ll only find in ultra-fast racing drones...

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Marines Test the Drone Robotic Weapons of the Future at ANTX 2017

A military exercise designed to help identify useful technologies for amphibious warfare featured rocket-firing hovercraft, machine gun-armed robots crawling up the sandy beaches of southern California, and hybrid speedboat/submarines. Dubbed “Ship-to-Shore Maneuver Exploration and Experimentation Advanced Naval Technological Exercise 2017” or ANTX 2017 for short, the exercise aimed to find out how new emerging technologies, especially unmanned systems, could allow the Marine Corps to storm beaches with fewer casualties.

As the U.S. Marine Corps shifts back to big power warfare, its bread and butter mission of amphibious warfare is coming back into focus...

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The Best Indoor Drones for Honing Your Skills or Just Having Some great Fun

These drones are not for all weather conditions, but they make drone piloting a great hobby.

Drones can soon become an expensive pastime, but it can be surprisingly cheap if you just want to test the waters. Today, you can get fairly capable drones for under $100 that are great for practicing indoors before stepping up to a larger (and more expensive) quadcopter later.

Here are just some to consider whether you’re looking to get a taste of what drones are all about or just looking to have a bit of fun.

1 Blade Nano QX

Amazon | $60

If you’re looking to put on some training wheels before making an investment in a more full-featured drone, you may want to opt for something like the Blade Nano QX...

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Lockheed’s Catapult-Launched Drone Called Fury Lingers 15 Hours Over the Battlefield

Lockheed is developing a new drone promises to be a long-endurance, high-altitude friend for troops on the ground, acting as an eye in the sky or a communications relay.

Fury, which looks a little like a pumpkin seed with bat wings, can operate for more than 15 hours at altitudes up to 15,000 feet. An in-house project funded on the company dime, Lockheed’s new drone is designed to give ground troops or warships their own surveillance or communications platform. The 17-foot-wingspan drone doesn’t need a runway to operate. Instead, it’s launched from a truck or deck-mounted catapult and can be recovered by flying it into a recovery net.

Lockheed Martin expects Fury to be useful in a variety of roles...

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The Marines Are Testing a Glider Drone Made of Plywood

TACAD is expected to carry a load around 700 pounds

A new drone concept could lead to a cheap and disposable way to resupply Marines in hostile territory. TACAD, or TACtical Air Delivery, can deliver quarter ton payloads at ranges of up to 70 miles. The drone could even be used in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief situations, sending food and aid precisely where it’s needed.

The Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory, an arm of the Corps that develops new equipment, is studying TACAD as a means to resupply troops on the battlefield. TACAD is designed to be pushed out the cargo ramp of an aircraft at high altitude—say, a Marine KC-130 transport tanker. TACAD has a glide ratio of 15:1, meaning for every foot of vertical travel it glides fifteen feet horizontally...

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