Apr 11

- Indian police to use pepper-spraying drones on unruly protesters (AFP. April 7, 2015):

Police in a northern Indian city said Tuesday they have a new weapon for controlling unruly protesters in the world’s largest democracy: pepper-spraying drones.

Yashasvi Yadav, police chief of Lucknow, said his officers have successfully test-flown the newly purchased drones with a view to better crowd control.

“The results were brilliant. We have managed to work out how to use it to precisely target the mob in winds and congested areas,” Yadav told AFP.

“Pepper is non-lethal but very effective in mob control. We can spray from different heights to have maximum results,” he said. Continue reading »

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Apr 10

- Iran Unveils “Suicide Drones” Amid Nuclear Deal Talks (Zerohedge, April 10, 2015):

While the deal to discuss the deal that may or may not become a deal in June is still lingering in the news cycle, it seems Iran (fresh from its demands for complete sanctions lifting) is comfortable with some sabre-rattling. As the Washington Times reports, citing U.S. Army analysis, Iran’s army is creating military explosive-mounted killer drones, increasing the risk for Israeli and U.S. ships in the Gulf. So while all eyes are firmly focused on the threat of nukes, the US military reports states that no aspect of Iran’s overt military program has seen as much development over the past decade as Iranian unmanned aerial vehicles.. promises to make American operations in both the Persian Gulf and Gulf Aden [at the Red Sea] more complicated.”

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As Al-Arabiya reports, Iran’s army is creating military explosive-mounted killer drones, increasing the risk for Israeli and U.S. ships in the Gulf,the Washington Times reported on Thursday, citing U.S. Army analysis. Continue reading »

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Mar 21

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- FAA allows Amazon to fly drones experimentally (USA Today, March 20, 2015):

WASHINGTON – The Federal Aviation Administration approved Amazon Logistics Inc. on Thursday to fly drones experimentally.

The approval will allow the company to conduct research, development and crew training for deliveries called Amazon Prime Air.

The company is required to fly remote-controlled aircraft lower than 400 feet during daylight hours, and the pilot must have a private pilot’s certificate. Other restrictions include keeping the aircraft within view of its pilot or a partner, called a “visual observer,” and flying at least 500 feet away from people not associated with the experiments. Continue reading »

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Mar 18

- Syria Shoots Down US Drone (ZeroHedge, March 17, 2015):

Perhaps it is purely a coincidence that on the day in which the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (which as profiled earlier is anything but) released several new YouTube clips “confirming” a poison gas chemcial attack by the Assad army had killed 6 people in the country, that several hours later a US drone was shot down by the Syrian military according to CNN, which cites Syria’s SANA news agency reported Tuesday.

CNN did not report why the shooting of a US drone flying over someone else’s sovereign territory – especially someone who was nearly invaded by the same US two years ago – is news: the outrage here is that the US once continues to assume it is still a unilateral world in which D.C. can invade and treat any country, especially those half way around the world, with impunity and expect zero reprisals (although Jack Lew is finally figuring out that world is changing). We await to find out. In the meantime, this is what CNN did report: Continue reading »

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Jan 24

Below is Brandon Bryant full interview with BBC’s Witness program about his doubts and the mission that convinced him it was time to stop.

- “I’m So Ashamed” – Meet The Drone Operator Who Helped Kill 1,626 People And Walked Away (ZeroHedge, Jan 23, 2015):

The face of America’s unauthorized offshore wars has changed over the years, and these days it can most often be found watching the infrared screen of a terminal in some heavily-guarded air force base on US soil, operating heavily-armed, remote-controlled drones thousands of miles away, tasked with executing a lethal mission which usually involves one or more “collateral” casualties.

For almost five years, Brandon Bryant was one of those faces, and worked in America’s secret drone program bombing targets in Afghanistan and elsewhere. Continue reading »

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Jan 23

- Smuggling Drugs Across The Mexican Border? There’s A Drone For That (ZeroHedge, Jan 22, 2015):

Worried about the honesty of your drug mule? Concerned that your smugglers will demand higher and higher minimum wage? There’s a drone for that. Once again technology has enabled ‘progress’ as AP reports police in a Mexican border city said Wednesday that a drone overloaded with illicit methamphetamine crashed into a supermarket parking lot. As AVWeb notes, drones carrying illegal drugs and contraband have been among the creative ideas used by smugglers, and crashes do happen from loss of control or perhaps weight-and-balance problems. Brings a whole new meaning to ‘Breaking Bad’.

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As AP reports, Continue reading »

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Jan 02

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- Who’s Being Targeted for Assassination by Drone? (ZeroHedge, Jan 2, 2014):

Spiegel reports this week that drug dealershttp://www.infiniteunknown.net/2015/01/02/whos-being-targeted-for-assassination-by-drone/ and low-level Taliban members were targeted for death by drone:

NATO didn’t just target the Taliban leadership, but also eliminated mid- and lower-level members of the group on a large scale. Some Afghans were only on the list because, as drug dealers, they were allegedly supporting the insurgents.

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The operations were based on the lists maintained by the CIA and NATO — Obama’s lists. The White House dubbed the strategy “escalate and exit.” McChrystal’s successor, General David Petraeus, documented the strategy in “Field Manual 3-24″ on fighting insurgencies, which remains a standard work today. Petraeus outlined three stages in fighting guerilla organizations like the Taliban. The first was a cleansing phase …. Behind closed doors, Petraeus and his staff explained exactly what was meant by “cleansing.” German politicians recall something that Michael T. Flynn, the head of ISAF intelligence in Afghanistan, once said during a briefing: “The only good Talib is a dead Talib.” Under Petraeus, a merciless campaign began to hunt down the so-called shadow governors and local supporters aligned with the Islamists. Continue reading »

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Dec 30

- White House, Congress poised to address commercial drone use (Al Jazeera, Dec 28, 2014):

Federal Aviation Administration expected to issue rules soon; private, commercial pilots worry about possible collisions

The Obama administration is on the verge of proposing long-awaited rules for commercial drone operations in U.S. skies, but key decisions on how much access to grant drones are likely to come from Congress next year.

Federal Aviation Administration officials have said they want to release proposed rules for drones before the end of this month, but other government and industry officials say they are likely to be delayed until January. Meanwhile, except for a small number of companies that have received FAA exemptions, a ban on commercial drone flights remains in place. Even after rules are proposed, it is likely to be two or three years before regulations become final. Continue reading »

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Dec 27

Helicopter Drone Makes First Flight from Navy Destroyer

- Helicopter Drone Makes First Flight from Navy Destroyer (Defense Tech, Dec 24, 2014):

A helicopter drone developed by Northrop Grumman Corp. has made its first flight from a U.S. Navy destroyer, the company announced.

The MQ-8C Fire Scout on Dec. 16 completed 22 autonomous takeoffs and landings aboard the guided-missile destroyer, USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109), off the coast of Norfolk, Virginia, according to a Dec. 23 release from the Falls Church, Virginia-based defense contractor. Continue reading »

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Dec 19

Leaked Internal CIA Document Admits US Drone Program Counterproductive … Obama Did It ANYWAY
Painting by Anthony Freda.

- Leaked Internal CIA Document Admits US Drone Program “Counterproductive” … Obama Did It ANYWAY (Washingtons Blog, Dec 18, 2014):

Previously-leaked documents showed that the CIA warned Obama that funding rebels doesn’t work … but Obama decided to fund the Syrian rebels anyway for cynical political gain.

Top CIA officers say that drone strikes increase terrorism (and see this). Indeed, virtually all aspects of the American “war on terror” strategy creates more terrorists and weakens our national security. And see this.

Now, a leaked internal CIA memo shows that the Agency told Obama that drone strikes might be counter-productive.  The Sydney Morning Herald reports today:

According to a leaked document by the CIA’s Directorate of Intelligence, “high value targeting” (HVT) involving air strikes and special forces operations against insurgent leaders can be effective, but can also have negative effects including increasing violence and greater popular support for extremist groups. Continue reading »

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Dec 13

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- Criticism of US drone programme lands activist in prison (World Bulletin, Dec 13,2014):

Criticism of drone programme in Afghanistan has landed activist in prison for 3 months.

US peace activist Kathy Kelly has been sentenced to 3 months prison for her criticism of the US drone programme in Afghanistan on the 10th December.

Considered to be Human Rights Day, peace activist Kathy Kelly was sentenced on the 10th December to 3 months prison by the US Federal court.

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Nov 26

- U.S. student loan debt reaches $1.1 trillion, $4 billion more than all credit-card debt. (InvestmentWatch):

- “This Is Madness”(ZeroHedge):

“This has never – ever – happened before in US equity markets.”

- Millionaire Chinese businessman bulldozes run down huts in village where he grew up and builds luxury flats for residents instead… for free (Daily Mail):

A millionaire Chinese businessman has bulldozed the wooden huts and muddy roads where he grew up – and built luxury homes for the people who lived there.

Xiong Shuihua was born in Xiongkeng village in the city of Xinyu, southern China and said that his family had always been well looked after and supported by residents in his childhood.

So when the 54-year-old ended up making millions in the steel industry he decided to repay the favour – for free.

- Did They Want More Violence In Ferguson? 10 ‘Coincidences’ Too Glaring To Ignore (Economic Collapse):

The following are 10 “coincidences” from Monday night in Ferguson that are too glaring to ignore…

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- Video of the Day – Understanding the 5th Amendment and Why a Law Professor Says “Don’t Talk to Police” (Liberty Blitzkrieg)

- Ferguson: The Safety of Citizens is Lost with The Unaccountability of Police — Paul Craig Roberts:

The issue has been cast as white-black racism.

Actually, the situation is far more serious than racism.

- US “Secret” Deal With Saudis Backfires After Oil Minister Says US Should Cut First (ZeroHedge):

Who could have seen this coming? With oil prices holding at 4-year lows, heavily pressuring around half of US shale production economics, the “secret” US deal (see here and here) with Saudi Arabia to crush Russia via oil over-supply in a slumping demand world appears to be backfiring rapidly for John Kerry and his strategery team. Capable of withstanding considerably lower prices for longer, Saudi Arabia’s oil minister Ali al-Naimi proclaimed “no one should cut production and the market will stabilize itself,” adding rather ominously (for the US economy and HY default rates), “Why should Saudi Arabia cut? The U.S. is a big producer too now. Should they cut?” With prices expected to drop to $60 on no cut, maybe the “unequivocally good” news for the US economy from lower oil prices should be rethunk.

- NSA Backdoor Exploit in Windows 8 Uncovered (InvestmentWatch):

An internal document issued by IT experts working for the German federal government warned national agencies and companies not to use Windows 8. The reason? An alleged backdoor exploit has been discovered, and the details were obtained and published by German site Zeit Online. The leaked message suggests that the NSA likely has access to a hidden feature which apparently can’t be shut off and allows Microsoft to remotely control any computer running the software.The Windows 8 feature under scrutiny by the German government is called Trusted Computing, a backdoor setting established ten years ago by a number of American techgiants including Microsoft, HP and IBM. Trusted Computing is supposed to protect computers from being manipulated by malicious third parties using viruses or other methods. The chip used to install Trusted Computing on Windows 8 computers allegedly offers Microsoft backdoor access, though the implication appears to be that the American company will extend that power to the U.S. government as well.

- Microsoft now has robot security guards (DailyDot):

Robots are increasingly replacing humans in a variety of mundane tasks, like bolting a car together or making lollipops, but now they are moving into the security business.

Microsoft recently installed a fleet of 5-feet-tall, 300-pound robots to protect its Silicon Valley campus. The robots are packed with HD security cameras and sensors to take in their organic, protein-based surroundings. There’s also an artificial intelligence on board that can sound alarms when the robot notices something awry. It can also read license plates and cross-reference them to see if they’re stolen.

Dr. Rima E. Laibow: Now a crime in Japan to speak of Fukushima nuclear disaster effects:

- Here Comes France: Right-Wing Leader Marine Le Pen Demands Central Bank Repatriate French Gold (ZeroHedge):

First Germany, then the Netherlands, perhaps Switzerland this weekend, and now the French right-wing Front National, which shockingly came first in May’s European parliament elections, and whose leader Marine Le Pen is currently polling in first place in a hypothetical presidential election (in both a first and run off round), ahead of president Hollande, has sent a letter to the governor of the French Central Bank, the Banque de France, demanding that France join the list of nations which have repatriated, or at least tried to, their gold.

- Swiss Gold Referendum: What It Really Means — Paul Craig Roberts:

In a few days the Swiss people will go to the polls to decide whether the Swiss central bank is to be required to hold 20% of its reserves in the form of gold. Polls show that the gold requirement is favored by the less well off and opposed by wealthy Swiss invested in stocks. http://snbchf.com/gold/swiss-gold-referendum-latest-news/ These poll results provide new insight into the real reason for Quantitative Easing by the Federal Reserve and European Central Bank.

- Not just gold and silver… New lawsuit says precious metals manipulation is even worse (InvestmentWatch):

From Bloomberg: Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) and HSBC Holdings Plc (HSBA) were sued in New York over claims they conspired for eight years to manipulate prices for the precious metals platinum and palladium in what plaintiffs’ lawyers say is the first class-action lawsuit of its kind in the U.S.Standard Bank Group Ltd. and a metals unit of BASF SE (BAS), the world’s largest chemical company, were also sued. The four companies used inside information about client purchases and sale orders to profit from price movements for the metals used in products ranging from jewelry to cars, according to a complaint filed yesterday in Manhattan federal court.

- The Fed now owns more than 50% of all outstanding 10-15 year Treasuries (InvestmentWatch)

- Initial Jobless Claims Spikes Above 300k To 3-Month Highs, Biggest Miss In 11 Months (ZeroHedge):

Having trended gradually higher for the last 5 weeks (missing expectations for 4 of them), initial jobless claims printed an uncomfortable 313k (against expectations of a 288k print – the biggest miss in over 11 months) pushing to its worst level in 3 months. This is the biggest week-over-week rise in almost 4 months. Continuing claims hovers at 14-year lows and dropped this week to 2.316 million. Perhaps worryingly, this rise in initial claims is considerably larger than the average shift for this time of year…

- ‘Kidnapped boy may have been abused and murdered by VIP paedophile ring,’ say police (Independent):

The family of a missing boy have been told by police that he may have been abducted, abused and murdered by a paedophile ring of leading establishment figures.

Martin Allen, the son of the chauffeur of a Australian high commissioner, went missing aged 15 from King’s Cross on his way to home in Kensington in November 1979.

His brother Kevin, 51, has said he was called by Detective Chief Inspector Diane Tudway of the Metropolitan Police on Friday, who told him she was investigating whether Martin’s disappearance is linked to an alleged ring made up of MPs and senior figures of authority.

- Two FBI Agents Shot Near Ferguson Protests (ZeroHedge):

While the second day of protests in Ferguson were far more contained as a result of the tripled presence of national guard troops in the St. Louis suburb, with media instead focusing on events in New York, LA and other major metropolitan centers, St. Louis violence failed to avoid the headlines for another day when shortly before 3 am, two FBI agents were shot early Wednesday morning in north St. Louis County.  The good news according to Reuters, is that this latest assault was “not directly related” to racially charged unrest in and around nearby Ferguson, an agency spokeswoman said.   “The incident is not directly related to the Ferguson protests,” Wu said, but did not elaborate further.

#LondonToFerguson: Protests spread across London   LIVE UPDATES (RT):

Hundreds of demonstrators marched through central London and occupied Parliament Square, briefly clashing with police, in protest against a US grand jury verdict clearing Darren Wilson – the officer who shot dead black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson.

- Thanksgiving mess: Airlines cancel hundreds of flights as storm rips through Northeast (RT):

Airlines in the United States have cancelled nearly 300 flights thus far Wednesday given rain and snow along the East Coast and Appalachians. The heaviest snow through the day is expected just west of the I-95 corridor between Philadelphia and Boston.

Holiday travelers will have to deal with a storm consisting of rain, at times heavy snow, fog, and poor visibility on Thanksgiving Eve, traditionally one of the busiest days for airlines and highways across the US. The regions of New England, the mid-Atlantic, and Appalachia are expected to see the worst winter weather.

- –52C in Siberia: Over 70 passengers ‘push’ frozen plane to runway (VIDEO) (RT):

Freezing temperatures didn’t stop intrepid passengers from “helping out” a Russian plane that couldn’t move, because its wheels were frozen to the ground. The “selfie” won the day in a remote Siberian town beyond the Arctic Circle.

74 passengers, who were on board, offered the seven-member crew and technical staff to help move the frozen Tupolev Tu-134 plane to the takeoff runway on Tuesday, a spokeswoman for the UTair company told TASS.

The passengers disembarked to lighten the weight, and then they volunteered to move it,” she said.

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- Terminator series – Revelation of the coming A.I. takeover (Intellihub):

I’ll spare you any Arnold impersonations, as The Terminator impersonation is perennially the material of hack comedians. On the contrary, the Terminator series is one of the more profound examples of predictive programming, establishing memes and implanting preparatory ideas comparable to The Matrix. While The Matrix is the classic conspiracy-genre trope for “awakening” to the fraud of the system as a whole, the Terminator series is far more ominous and serious in its foreboding message. Foreboding, because the real shadow government plan is to erect Skynet in reality, and serious because the establishment’s entire paradigm is that of depopulation. Mix the two together, and you get Terminator.  Thus, I have been of the opinion for a few years now that the reason for the erection of A.I., while full of esoteric undertones, is pragmatically about erecting a control grid impervious to human error which will then function as a global human deletion grid.

- Save the Children staff furious over ‘morally reprehensible’ award for Tony Blair (Telegraph):

Save the Children faces a revolt by its staff after it gave a “global legacy” award to Tony Blair.

More than 200 of the charity’s employees have signed an internal letter condemning the “morally reprehensible” decision to give the honour to the former prime minister at a ceremony in New York.

The move places in jeopardy the charity’s “credibility”, it warns.

- Hacked documents: US sending lethal weapons to Ukraine (Hang The Bankers):

It has been half a year since it was first revealed that the US has been sending non-lethal aid to the Ukraine: recall that it was in early June when Obama announced he had approved $5 million in body armor, night vision goggles and additional communications equipment for the Ukrainian military.

- Video: Cops Didn’t Seem to Hesitate for One Second Before Gunning Down 12-Yr-Old Boy (The Daily Sheeple):

While everyone is busy emotionally investing themselves in the muddy waters of the Darren Wilson/Michael Brown police shooting case in Ferguson and the highly orchestrated aftermath, a 12-year-old boy named Tamir Rice was shot and killed by police at an Ohio playground over the weekend reportedly because he was carrying a BB gun that the officers somehow mistook for a real gun and a real threat.

- Cop shoots at Florida man rushing home during daughter’s asthma attack (XRepublic):

A Jacksonville sheriff fired shots at an unarmed suspect during a traffic incident Monday, but will not be placed on leave. Officer J.C. Garcia shot at Brian Dennison as the latter was rushing his daughter home in the midst of an asthma attack.

- Ferguson brave: Female manager defends her business from looters (VIDEO) (RT)

- CAUGHT: Government Creates VIRUS to Attack Russia! Cyber War! (InvestmentWatch):

World’s most advanced hacking spyware let loose
Google’s secret NSA alliance: The terrifying deals between Silicon Valley and the security state
Israeli Test on Worm Called Crucial in Iran Nuclear Delay
“‘if Iran continues with its programme for developing nuclear weapons, we will attack it. The sanctions are ineffective,
Ottawa to spend $200 million on mental health for military 30
Leaked ‘Black Budget’ Shows How The CIA Progressed From Spy Agency To Paramilitary Force

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- Solar and Wind Energy Start to Win on Price vs. Conventional Fuels (New York Times):

For the solar and wind industries in the United States, it has been a long-held dream: to produce energy at a cost equal to conventional sources like coal and natural gas.

That day appears to be dawning.

- ‘$100,000 a year': Headhunt for drone pilots in USA (RT):

Drone pilots and engineers are certainly careers with a future in the US. Although commercial drones aren’t legal yet, reports reveal that companies are already willing to pay unbelievably high salaries, in the expectation of rules softening.

- Severely disabled 19-year-old with a mental age of just five is ordered to have a fitness-to-work test despite not being able to read, write, talk or even sleep on her own (Daily Mail):

Ellie McDonald, 19, suffers from the extremely rare genetic disorder called Chromosome 7 Deletion, which means she is unable to eat, sleep or walk without the help of mother Louise.

In preparation for Ellie leaving her special needs school, her mother and her full-time carer applied for employment support allowance (ESA) to replace their child benefit payments.

But the family were shocked to be told Ellie would need to be tested to rule out her being fit for work – a process Miss McDonald branded ‘bureaucracy gone mad’.

Now, since reports of Ellie’s situation came to light, the Department of Work and Pensions have said she is no longer required to do a Work Capability Assessment.

- Jamie Dimon’s Daughter Is Asking You For A Favor (ZeroHedge):

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- Eating cat for Christmas: Activists call on Swiss parliament to outlaw pet consumption (RT):

Animal rights activists have drawn up a petition to ban the ‘barbaric’ practice of eating pets in Switzerland, where cat meat often appears on traditional Christmas menus in rural areas.

The animal protection group, SOS Chats Noraingue, has handed over a petition with 16,000 signatures, including such notable animal rights defenders as Brigitte Bardot, to the Swiss parliament on Tuesday.

Dog meat is often used to make sausage, while cats are prepared around the holiday season in a similar style to rabbit – in a white wine and garlic sauce. A type of mostbröckli made from marinated cat or dog is another local favorite.

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Nov 14

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The Prime Air unmanned aircraft that Amazon is working on that could deliver packages in 30 minutes or less. Photograph: Rex Features

- Amazon to begin testing same-day delivery drones in Cambridge (Guardian, Nov 12, 2014):

Online retailer expands R&D operations in England, two years after buying Cambridge-based startup Evi Technologies

Amazon is planning to test drones in Cambridge, England, as the battle to offer consumers same-day deliveries heats up.

The US company announced with considerable fanfare late last year that it was considering using drones as a way of dramatically reducing the time it takes to deliver orders to customers. At the time there was speculation that the move was little more than a publicity stunt. But Amazon said in July that it had sought permission from the US Federal Aviation Administration to test drones that could fly as fast as 50 miles per hour for up to 30 minutes at a time to deliver packages weighing up to 2.3kg (5lb). Continue reading »

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Nov 04

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- China unveils anti-drone laser weapon able to shoot down ‘small aircraft’ within 5 seconds (RT, Nov 3, 2014):

China has developed and successfully tested a highly accurate laser defense system against light drones. The homemade machine boasts a two-kilometer range and can down “various small aircraft” within five seconds of locating its target.

Boasting high speed, great precision and low noise, the system is aimed at destroying unmanned, small-scale drones flying under an altitude of 500 meters and at speeds below 50 meters per second, the official Xinhua news agency reported, citing a statement by one of the developers, the China Academy of Engineering Physics (CAEP). Continue reading »

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Oct 20

- Nano drone swarm: Advanced tiny quadrotors stabilize mid-air, fly in strict formation (VIDEO) (RT, Oct 19, 2014):

New and improved tiny quadrotors can now sustain collisions in mid-air and fly in leader-follower formations, protecting the head of the pack, according to a new research video released by University of Pennsylvania’s GRASP Lab.

Only 0.11 meters in size and weighing just 25 grams, the robots can fly up to six meters per second.

New video shows robust collision resistance during flights. At one point, two robots are shown crashing into each other during flight and still manage to continue on with their mission.

During another test, researchers are shown playing ping-pong with two of the robots. Another clip shows robots crashing into columns and other objects without sustaining too much damage. Continue reading »

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The United States has launched a huge number of drone strikes under President Obama.
It’s widely accepted and extremely terrifying.

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Oct 03

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- US Relaxing Standards for Killing Civilians in Iraq and Syria (Common Dreams, Oct 1, 2014):

Obama administration official says 2013 reforms to reduce civilian deaths in covert drone strikes do not apply to expanding war against ISIS

The Obama administration has admitted that it is relaxing its standards for avoiding civilian deaths when it comes to ongoing air bombardments on Iraq and Syria.

Yahoo News reported Tuesday that Caitlin Hayden, a spokesperson for the National Security Council, told the news outlet that a standard imposed last year by President Obama, which requires “near certainty” that civilians will not be harmed in drone strikes, does not apply to the expanding war on Islamic State (ISIS) targets in Iraq and Syria.

Journalist Michael Isikoff reports: Continue reading »

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Sep 08

- Army’s New Laser Cannon Blasts Drones Out of the Sky, Even in Fog (Wired, Sep 5, 2014):

Boeing is building a laser cannon for the U.S. Army, and the new weapon has now proved it will be as capable at sea as on land. The High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator (HEL MD)—basically a high-energy laser mounted on top of a big truck—was successfully used to blast some UAV drones and 60mm mortars out of the Florida sky earlier this year, Boeing announced Thursday. Continue reading »

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Sep 06

Meanwhile, In The Skies Above ISIS’ Capital… (ZeroHedge, Sep 5, 2014):

Judging by these photos taken moments ago above the Islamic State (i.e. ISIS) capital of Raqqa, a triggerhappy remote-control operator in Whiteman Air Force Base is about to get jiggy with some jihadists located nearly 7000 miles away.

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Sep 04

“NASA’s drone traffic control centers will be fully automated”

What could possibly go wrong?


- NASA is building an air traffic control system for drones (The Verge Sep 1, 2014):

Space agency says system will be used for agriculture next year

NASA is developing an air traffic control system for drones. The New York Times reports the US space agency is working on creating a management system for vehicles that fly at around 400 to 500 feet off the ground — much lower than conventional aircraft — at its Moffett Field base around four miles from Google’s Mountain View headquarters. The system would check for other low-flying drone traffic, help the small unmanned vehicles avoid buildings, and scan for adverse weather conditions that might knock a drone out of the sky. Continue reading »

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