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They’re autonomous, meaning that they compute their flight plans on their own, without any central control. They can follow instructions, but they work out their own paths using GPS signals to navigate and radio signals to talk to one another. They’re the closest thing we have to an artificial flock of birds.

These Drones Flock (Almost) Like Birds | Smithsonian


Global Hawk


BBC News - Unstaffed #drone #refuelling test ‘successful’

(via BBC News - Unstaffed drone refuelling test ‘successful’)

So blue.


General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper


General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper

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World’s First Flying File-Sharing Drones in Action

picture of a drone

A few days ago The Pirate Bay announced that in future parts of its site could be hosted on GPS controlled drones. To many this may have sounded like a joke, but in fact these pirate drones already exist. Project “Electronic Countermeasures” has built a swarm of five fully operational drones which prove that an “aerial Napster” or an “airborne Pirate Bay” is not as futuristic as it sounds.


Drone cam: Aerial video of forests in Sumatra, Indonesia, taken by a “conservation drone.”

Developed by a team of ecologists and software developers, the autopilot drone is used for forest monitoring, real-time land use mapping, and biodiversity conservation.

Lian Pin Koh of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, and co-developer of the conservation drone, explains how it isn’t a high-priced piece of machinery:

“So it’s basically just a hobby, remote-control model plane that you can buy from any hobby shop. It has a wing-span of about 1.4 meters, so it’s pretty small and it’s very compact. We can basically put it in a backpack and carry it around in the forest …

“But the cool thing about this system is we’ve incorporated an autopilot system into this model airplane, which essentially makes it into a drone.”


(via npr)


Unmanned aircraft are currently being tried out in vineyards in the south of France, to check that “grubbing up” of vines is done legally and ecologically.  

Wine-growers get as much as 10,000 euros ($13,000; £8,300) per hectare in subsidies for digging up uncompetitive vines – a scheme to prevent new EU “wine lakes” caused by overproduction.

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New drone has no pilot anywhere, so who’s accountable? The Navy is testing an autonomous plane that will land on an aircraft carrier. The prospect of heavily armed aircraft screaming through the skies without direct human control is unnerving to many.

Photo: The X-47B drone. Credit: Chad Slattery, Northrop Grumman

There is indeed such a thing as a stupid question.

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The MK-III also has more lethal options available, capable of carrying either a 40mm or 37mm grenade launcher or 12 gauge shotgun with laser designator.”What the hell does law enforcement need a 37…


From Stars & Stripes:

Crews piloting the latest version of the Army’s Apache attack helicopter will be able fly faster and higher, all while controlling unmanned aircraft during battles, according to Army officials.

The first of nearly 700 new or upgraded AH-64D Longbow Apache Block III…