"While today the U.S., the U.K., and Israel are the only countries known to have used killer drones, experts say that within ten years virtually every country on Earth will be able to build or acquire drones capable of firing missiles. The United States loosening and redefining international rules governing the use of force and war is ultimately not going to make anyone any safer."
Pardiss Kebriaei at Center for Constitutional RightsAl-Aulaqi Case Attorney Responds to DOJ Drone Kill Memo (via protoslacker)

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DJI - Introducing the Phantom 2 Vision Plus

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tacanderson:

Prox Dynamics PD-100 Black Hornet | Best of What’s New 2013

In a world of delicate, experimental nano-drones, the Black Hornet is the first operational system deployed. A hand-launched observation drone, it can resist gusting winds, fly for 25 minutes, and travel nearly a mile from its operator. The autopilot can follow GPS coordinates to conduct a preplanned patrol or simply hover and stare. All in a drone that weighs less than 0.6 ounces. 

I imagine a scene from a movie where a guy walks into a crowded plaza, places his backpack on the ground. Unzips is and steps back while dozens of tiny drones emerge. 

(Lucky for this guy he is wearing his Acme Nanoparticle Drone Gloves.)

tacanderson:

Prox Dynamics PD-100 Black Hornet | Best of What’s New 2013

In a world of delicate, experimental nano-drones, the Black Hornet is the first operational system deployed. A hand-launched observation drone, it can resist gusting winds, fly for 25 minutes, and travel nearly a mile from its operator. The autopilot can follow GPS coordinates to conduct a preplanned patrol or simply hover and stare. All in a drone that weighs less than 0.6 ounces. 

I imagine a scene from a movie where a guy walks into a crowded plaza, places his backpack on the ground. Unzips is and steps back while dozens of tiny drones emerge. 

(Lucky for this guy he is wearing his Acme Nanoparticle Drone Gloves.)

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Sky Fighter: Meet the Man Who Wants to Drone-Proof Your Home

tacanderson:

Very interesting article but I also found it interesting that the article is about how someone is trying to stop drone surveillance, yet they use an affiliate link so people can click through and purchase a drone. Seems…odd.

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steamaker:

Drone

steamaker:

Drone

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warrenellis:

(via Av Week : National UAS Integration Evolving Differently | sUAS News)

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warrenellis:

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humanrightswatch:

Ban ‘Killer Robots’ Before It’s Too Late

“Losing Humanity is the first major publication about fully autonomous weapons by a nongovernmental organization and is based on extensive research into the law, technology, and ethics of these proposed weapons. It is jointly published by Human Rights Watch and the Harvard Law School International Human Rights Clinic.

Human Rights Watch and the International Human Rights Clinic called for an international treaty that would absolutely prohibit the development, production, and use of fully autonomous weapons. They also called on individual nations to pass laws and adopt policies as important measures to prevent development, production, and use of such weapons at the domestic level.

Fully autonomous weapons do not yet exist, and major powers, including the United States, have not made a decision to deploy them. But high-tech militaries are developing or have already deployed precursors that illustrate the push toward greater autonomy for machines on the battlefield. The United States is a leader in this technological development. Several other countries – including China, Germany, Israel, South Korea, Russia, and the United Kingdom – have also been involved. Many experts predict that full autonomy for weapons could be achieved in 20 to 30 years, and some think even sooner.

Read more after the jump.

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warrenellis:

(via Aermatica get the first Italian Permit to Fly for UA in non-segregated airspace | sUAS News)

warrenellis:

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(via popmech) Lasers can recharge an in-flight UAV so the drone doesn’t have to land. Here’s how it works.

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ericmortensen:

Convert any RC airplane into a fully-autonomous UAV!
Just add the APM 2 autopilot to any RC aircraft and it becomes a fully-programmable flying robot with a powerful ground station and Mission Planner.  
Drones in the morning. Drones in the evening. Drones at suppertime.

ericmortensen:

Just add the APM 2 autopilot to any RC aircraft and it becomes a fully-programmable flying robot with a powerful ground station and Mission Planner.  

Drones in the morning. Drones in the evening. Drones at suppertime.

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