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westslope

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Posted: Jul 28, 2020 - 9:12am



 R_P wrote:
 

Ostensibly for security reasons... but I figure a good chunk of the USA will wonder if it was done for purely political reasons.  

I am not a fan of political violence at all.  But Team Trump certainly knows how to take a bad situation and make it far worse.  
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Posted: Jul 28, 2020 - 1:07am

No drone for you!
U.S. bans drone flights near Portland buildings at center of anti-police protests
miamizsun

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Posted: Nov 30, 2019 - 7:34am

 Manbird wrote:


 miamizsun wrote:

freak
 

Hey Jude...
 

ok but i'm a goddess danu kind of guy

edit:

hey maybe you could start a yo fund me page to put the bird back in manbird

of course you'll have to promise to use for good and share some of the neato stuff you'll be creating

all we need is about 399 bucks to get that sweet little drone below

i'm in if you are



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Posted: Nov 29, 2019 - 2:07pm

 Manbird wrote:


Hey Jude...
 
bybhiw!
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Posted: Nov 29, 2019 - 2:01pm



 miamizsun wrote:

freak
 

Hey Jude...
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Posted: Nov 29, 2019 - 12:47pm



 ScottFromWyoming wrote:

I think a few years ago, the learning curve was very expensive. A friend lost a several-hundred-dollar one; it flew out of range or had some mishap and was never seen again. Now they automatically return if they lose contact with the base station (your phone) and have pretty good sonar that won't allow them to run into things, even tree limbs that are blowing in the wind.

You have to be aware of wind conditions though. And have an FAA permit and all sorts of other permits to fly in a national forest etc. A guy I know has a big heavy one that can execute a programmed route —fly it one time to identify position and camera angles, mark the coordinates, then tell it to link all of those points together in one smooth shot. It's pretty cool. But the heavy one is noisy; it's the kind that people want to shoot down. Another guy has one that's whisper-quiet but a lot more susceptible to wind gusts. But he uses it at the ski hill sometimes (permitted) to check out remote areas (this summer he was looking at a bear to make sure it was away from some customers)... he flies it out about 2 miles without a problem, then when he's done looking at whatever, hits the "return" button on his phone and walks away. The thing comes back to where it started and lands right there, which in this case was a picnic table on the deck.

I'd say yes, easy, and yes, would be a lot of fun. 
 
And then there's this.

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Posted: Nov 28, 2019 - 5:14am

 ScottFromWyoming wrote:
 Manbird wrote:
Does anyone own a drone? Are they fun to fly for more than a half dozen times? Are they easy to learn to operate? 
 

I think a few years ago, the learning curve was very expensive. A friend lost a several-hundred-dollar one; it flew out of range or had some mishap and was never seen again. Now they automatically return if they lose contact with the base station (your phone) and have pretty good sonar that won't allow them to run into things, even tree limbs that are blowing in the wind.

You have to be aware of wind conditions though. And have an FAA permit and all sorts of other permits to fly in a national forest etc. A guy I know has a big heavy one that can execute a programmed route —fly it one time to identify position and camera angles, mark the coordinates, then tell it to link all of those points together in one smooth shot. It's pretty cool. But the heavy one is noisy; it's the kind that people want to shoot down. Another guy has one that's whisper-quiet but a lot more susceptible to wind gusts. But he uses it at the ski hill sometimes (permitted) to check out remote areas (this summer he was looking at a bear to make sure it was away from some customers)... he flies it out about 2 miles without a problem, then when he's done looking at whatever, hits the "return" button on his phone and walks away. The thing comes back to where it started and lands right there, which in this case was a picnic table on the deck.

I'd say yes, easy, and yes, would be a lot of fun. 
 

yes the best thing one can do is stay below 250 grams (for $399 you can get the mini)


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Posted: Nov 28, 2019 - 5:07am

 Manbird wrote:
Does anyone own a drone? Are they fun to fly for more than a half dozen times? Are they easy to learn to operate? 
 
freak
ScottFromWyoming

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Posted: Nov 27, 2019 - 3:54pm



 Manbird wrote:


 ScottFromWyoming wrote:


 Manbird wrote:
Does anyone own a drone? Are they fun to fly for more than a half dozen times? Are they easy to learn to operate? 
 

I think a few years ago, the learning curve was very expensive. A friend lost a several-hundred-dollar one; it flew out of range or had some mishap and was never seen again. Now they automatically return if they lose contact with the base station (your phone) and have pretty good sonar that won't allow them to run into things, even tree limbs that are blowing in the wind.

You have to be aware of wind conditions though. And have an FAA permit and all sorts of other permits to fly in a national forest etc. A guy I know has a big heavy one that can execute a programmed route —fly it one time to identify position and camera angles, mark the coordinates, then tell it to link all of those points together in one smooth shot. It's pretty cool. But the heavy one is noisy; it's the kind that people want to shoot down. Another guy has one that's whisper-quiet but a lot more susceptible to wind gusts. But he uses it at the ski hill sometimes (permitted) to check out remote areas (this summer he was looking at a bear to make sure it was away from some customers)... he flies it out about 2 miles without a problem, then when he's done looking at whatever, hits the "return" button on his phone and walks away. The thing comes back to where it started and lands right there, which in this case was a picnic table on the deck.

I'd say yes, easy, and yes, would be a lot of fun. 
 

Thanks, Scott. I was surprised at the short flight time and the short control distance even for the 2-3 hundred dollar dealies: 15 minutes and 300 meters. They're surely over my head even with the affordable chinese units that have all those cool bells and whistles. I like the "follow me" feature and would try it in falconry someday. Maybe someday I can fool around with a 50 buck unit just for a larf. I guess $500+  might get you quiet brushless motors, long flight time and distance, gimballed 4k camera, etc - but I wasn't even looking at those. I'll need a hobby if we don't find any rabbits this winter. Might have to take up jigsaw puzzles...
 

Yeah the flight time is a problem with batteries/weight. It's getting better but I assume better=$$$
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Posted: Nov 27, 2019 - 3:18pm



 ScottFromWyoming wrote:


 Manbird wrote:
Does anyone own a drone? Are they fun to fly for more than a half dozen times? Are they easy to learn to operate? 
 

I think a few years ago, the learning curve was very expensive. A friend lost a several-hundred-dollar one; it flew out of range or had some mishap and was never seen again. Now they automatically return if they lose contact with the base station (your phone) and have pretty good sonar that won't allow them to run into things, even tree limbs that are blowing in the wind.

You have to be aware of wind conditions though. And have an FAA permit and all sorts of other permits to fly in a national forest etc. A guy I know has a big heavy one that can execute a programmed route —fly it one time to identify position and camera angles, mark the coordinates, then tell it to link all of those points together in one smooth shot. It's pretty cool. But the heavy one is noisy; it's the kind that people want to shoot down. Another guy has one that's whisper-quiet but a lot more susceptible to wind gusts. But he uses it at the ski hill sometimes (permitted) to check out remote areas (this summer he was looking at a bear to make sure it was away from some customers)... he flies it out about 2 miles without a problem, then when he's done looking at whatever, hits the "return" button on his phone and walks away. The thing comes back to where it started and lands right there, which in this case was a picnic table on the deck.

I'd say yes, easy, and yes, would be a lot of fun. 
 

Thanks, Scott. I was surprised at the short flight time and the short control distance even for the 2-3 hundred dollar dealies: 15 minutes and 300 meters. They're surely over my head even with the affordable chinese units that have all those cool bells and whistles. I like the "follow me" feature and would try it in falconry someday. Maybe someday I can fool around with a 50 buck unit just for a larf. I guess $500+  might get you quiet brushless motors, long flight time and distance, gimballed 4k camera, etc - but I wasn't even looking at those. I'll need a hobby if we don't find any rabbits this winter. Might have to take up jigsaw puzzles...
ScottFromWyoming

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Posted: Nov 27, 2019 - 12:18pm



 Manbird wrote:
Does anyone own a drone? Are they fun to fly for more than a half dozen times? Are they easy to learn to operate? 
 

I think a few years ago, the learning curve was very expensive. A friend lost a several-hundred-dollar one; it flew out of range or had some mishap and was never seen again. Now they automatically return if they lose contact with the base station (your phone) and have pretty good sonar that won't allow them to run into things, even tree limbs that are blowing in the wind.

You have to be aware of wind conditions though. And have an FAA permit and all sorts of other permits to fly in a national forest etc. A guy I know has a big heavy one that can execute a programmed route —fly it one time to identify position and camera angles, mark the coordinates, then tell it to link all of those points together in one smooth shot. It's pretty cool. But the heavy one is noisy; it's the kind that people want to shoot down. Another guy has one that's whisper-quiet but a lot more susceptible to wind gusts. But he uses it at the ski hill sometimes (permitted) to check out remote areas (this summer he was looking at a bear to make sure it was away from some customers)... he flies it out about 2 miles without a problem, then when he's done looking at whatever, hits the "return" button on his phone and walks away. The thing comes back to where it started and lands right there, which in this case was a picnic table on the deck.

I'd say yes, easy, and yes, would be a lot of fun. 
westslope

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Posted: Nov 26, 2019 - 9:51pm



 Manbird wrote:
Does anyone own a drone? Are they fun to fly for more than a half dozen times? Are they easy to learn to operate? 
 
If I had a drone, I would use it to find the best fishing places on a stream, look for grizzlies, etc.

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Posted: Nov 26, 2019 - 12:47am

Does anyone own a drone? Are they fun to fly for more than a half dozen times? Are they easy to learn to operate? 
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Posted: Sep 17, 2019 - 11:23am

The Days of One-Way Pain Are Over
The military doctrine is simple and was summed up with admirable brevity in recent testimony by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff: the U.S. military should “never face a fair fight.” There is nothing new or at all cowardly about that. If the object is to win, then enter the battle with the odds in your favor. Sun Tzu wrote more than 2,000 years ago: “If your enemy is in superior strength, evade him.”

But there is a danger of complacency when the United States has the world’s most formidable and best-equipped military. The United States has some 600 overseas military bases, with many other outposts of various sorts. How much thought and attention has been given to their security from air attacks, as opposed to perimeter security on the ground?

Policy-making is susceptible to the same unspoken assumptions. When the United States gives full support to Saudi Arabia in its relentless air campaign against Houthi forces in Yemen, is there a tacit belief that the pain would largely run only one way? For several years, Saudi aircraft and bombs were able to hit targets, including many civilian sites, with impunity. Despite a few border skirmishes, it seemed unlikely that the Houthis could do any serious damage to Saudi Arabia itself or to any facilities affecting U.S. interests. That began to change over the past year, with largely ineffective strikes against airports. This weekend’s events reversed the calculation. Some five percent of the world’s oil supply was at least temporarily removed from the market by two devastating strikes on highly protected Saudi oil facilities.

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Posted: May 14, 2019 - 6:52am

good stuff


In the Air With Zipline’s Medical Delivery Drones


 

Rwanda is known as the land of a thousand hills, and our car seems to go over every one of them as we drive from the small town of Muhanga to the even smaller town of Kinazi. The 50-kilometer trip into western Rwanda will take us well over an hour. We’re on our way to rendezvous with a blood-carrying drone that will make the trip in under 14 minutes.

The drone is operated by Zipline, a California-based company focused on delivering medical supplies in areas with poor infrastructure. And not long after we arrive at Kinazi’s hospital, the fixed-wing drone materializes out of the blue. In a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment, the drone descends, opens a set of doors in its belly, and drops a small package that parachutes to the ground. The drone immediately begins to climb and vanishes over the hills as a staff member crosses the hospital parking lot to pick up the package—a shipment of blood ordered by WhatsApp less than half an hour earlier.

Delivery by drone is a futuristic idea that has caught the public’s imagination, and there are plenty of attempts to turn it into a commercial reality. AmazonGoogle, and Domino’s Pizza have all pulled off carefully controlled demonstrations and pilot projects, delivering items such as sunscreenburritos, and (of course) pizza to backyards and fields. But the world is waiting to see whether any company can find a business model that makes drone delivery a sustainable and profitable endeavor.

The answer may be here in Rwanda, where Zipline is delivering blood to 25 hospitals and clinics across the country every day. Zipline is betting that transporting lifesaving medical supplies, which are often lightweight and urgently needed, will be the killer app for delivery drones.


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Posted: Feb 27, 2018 - 10:12am

U.S. Military Opened Secretive Drone Base to Visitors (After The Intercept Wrote About It)
Last Wednesday, the U.S. military did something it had not done before, inviting a sizable delegation of local leaders to a secretive $110 million drone base it’s building in Niger. The Nigerien group was led by the governor of the Agadez region, and the visit was the first for many members of the group, which included religious leaders, civil society members, and a handful of journalists, according to a report by a local radio station, Studio Kalangou.

The invitations were sent out on Tuesday, just one day before the visit, according to Ibrahim Manzo Diallo, a journalist who participated in the tour. That was just two days after the Intercept published a lengthy investigative article exploring how the base could be a destabilizing factor for the country, raising military tensions in the Sahara, and that it might even be illegal under the Nigerien constitution. The story noted that the U.S. military had conducted very little outreach to the local community, and that the residents of Agadez had little idea why the base was being built next to their airport and expected little benefit from it, if not harm. (...)

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Posted: Jan 2, 2018 - 2:25pm

 ScottFromWyoming wrote:
A friend shoveled half a lane on the old high school track, then sent up his drone to see how it looks. 


it looks cold
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Posted: Jan 1, 2018 - 9:24pm

A friend shoveled half a lane on the old high school track, then sent up his drone to see how it looks.
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Posted: Dec 21, 2017 - 12:14am

Outdroning Obomber
US counter terror air strikes double in Trump's first year

The number of US air strikes jumped in Yemen and Somalia in 2017, pointing to an escalation of the global war on terror.

President Donald Trump inherited the framework allowing US aircraft to hit suspected terrorists outside of declared battlefields from his predecessor, Barack Obama. Bar some tinkering, his administration has largely stuck within the framework set by the previous one.

However, the quantity of operations has shot up under President Trump. Strikes doubled in Somalia and tripled in Yemen. (...)


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Posted: Mar 28, 2017 - 11:40am

After 12 Rejections, Apple Accepts App That Tracks U.S. Drone Strikes

Five years ago, I made a simple iPhone app. It would send you a push notification every time a U.S. drone strike was reported in the news.

Apple rejected the app three times, calling it “excessively objectionable or crude content.”

Over the years, I would occasionally resubmit the app, changing its name from Drones+ to Metadata+. I was curious to see if Apple might change its mind. The app didn’t include graphic images or video of any kind — it simply aggregated news about covert war.

At its core was a question: do we want to be as connected to our foreign policy as we are to our smartphones? My hypothesis was no. Americans don’t care about the drone war because it is largely hidden from view.

In 2014, after five rejections, Apple accepted the app. It remained in the App Store for about a year. According to Apple’s internal statistics, Metadata+ was downloaded by more than 50,000 people.

But the following September, Apple decided to delete the app entirely. They claimed that the content, once again, was “excessively objectionable or crude.” (...)


Update: 2:32pm : Apple has removed Metadata from the App Store.
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