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A cautious step forward on police drones

 

 

http://beta.latimes....e You Missed It

 

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Among the arguments against the use of airborne camera-wielding drones by the Los Angeles Police Department, a statement made by one critic at a recent Police Commission meeting stood out: “Drones should not be talked about.”

 

That's the most extreme position, boiled down to its essence: that law enforcement drones (or "small unmanned aerial systems," as police prefer to call them) pose such a serious threat of police surveillance and militarization that the subject should not even be broached.

 

But of course it's far too late for that. Technology steadily advances, and inexpensive drones will become more common, whether they are controlled by police, commercial ventures or criminals. Drones must be talked about, often and in depth.

 

The LAPD's openness to such talk has been mixed. To its credit, in response to public outcry it grounded and eventually destroyed the two drones it accepted in 2014 as gifts from Seattle and began a process of public outreach and input. But many participants in the LAPD's recent community meetings left with the impression that police were less interested responding to public concerns about drones than they were in checking off the outreach boxes before moving ahead with their program.

 

Now the Police Commission — the LAPD's civilian overseers — has before it a set of proposed guidelines for deploying drones that provides for important measures of transparency, accountability and oversight. During a yearlong pilot project, drones would be deployed only in limited circumstances, with a chain of required approvals that goes up to a deputy chief. Drones would include cameras but not weapons, the point being to extend the vision of police without extending their physical reach.

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Assistant Chief Beatrice Girmala, listens to public criticism of LAPD drone policy she presented at the Police Commission meeting in Los Angeles on Oct. 3.

(Los Angeles Times)


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Drone Hits Commercial Jet in Canada for First Time

 

https://www.nbcnews....st-time-n810981

 

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(Reuters) A drone hit an airplane landing at a Quebec City airport this week, the first time an unmanned flying object has collided with commercial aircraft in Canada, Transport Minister Marc Garneau said on Sunday.

 

No injuries were reported in the incident, which happened on Thursday at Jean Lesage International Airport and involved a plane belonging to Quebec-based Skyjet Aviation.

 

…Drones are not allowed within 3.4 miles of Canadian airports, helipads and seaplane bases. Operators who put aircraft at risk face steep fines and jail time under Canadian law.

 

..There have been 1,596 drone incidents reported to Transport Canada so far this year, with 131 of them deemed to be aviation safety concerns.

 

In November 2016, a Canadian airliner with 54 passengers on board had to swerve to avoid an unmanned flying object near Toronto, slightly injuring two cabin crew. 


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I'm surprised drones haven't been used for a terrorist attack yet.

 

Yet.

 

You know it's gonna happen sooner or later. And if it doesn't within the next five years, I'll be surprised.


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Airbus flying electric taxi is on track for flight tests in 2018
brian wang | October 29, 2017 |

 

City Airbus Project multi-passenger, self-piloted electric vertical take-off and landing (flying electric taxi) is on track for maiden flight in 2018.

London, Airbus Helicopters has recently completed the first full-scale testing for the propeller-and-duct system of the CityAirbus demonstrator – a multi-passenger, self-piloted electric vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) vehicle designed for urban air mobility. During this successful testing phase, the CityAirbus team thoroughly checked the individual performance of the system, powered by Siemens electrical propulsion units.

They will operate the craft along fixed, predetermined routes, with top air speeds of around 80 mph.

 

https://www.nextbigf...ts-in-2018.html



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Airbus flying electric taxi is on track for flight tests in 2018

 

City Airbus Project multi-passenger, self-piloted electric vertical take-off and landing (flying electric taxi) is on track for maiden flight in 2018.

London, Airbus Helicopters has recently completed the first full-scale testing for the propeller-and-duct system of the CityAirbus demonstrator – a multi-passenger, self-piloted electric vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) vehicle designed for urban air mobility. During this successful testing phase, the CityAirbus team thoroughly checked the individual performance of the system, powered by Siemens electrical propulsion units.

They will operate the craft along fixed, predetermined routes, with top air speeds of around 80 mph.

 

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Lockheed making large long range robotic submarine drone
brian wang | November 1, 2017 |
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Lockheed Martin is designing Orca, the U.S. Navy’s Extra Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (XLUUV). Orca is being designed to support multiple critical missions.

This long-range autonomous system will have the payload capability to perform a variety of missions, including intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance; mine countermeasures; indication and warning notification; as well as serve as an anti-submarine warfare (ASW) training platform. These systems can be used for long-endurance surveillance and to deliver other payloads.

 

https://www.nextbigf...rine-drone.html



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Now this is a drone

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Drones, Volcanoes and the "Computerization" of the Earth

 

http://blogs.discove...017/12/14/1232/

 

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(Discover) The eruption of the Agung volcano in Bali, Indonesia has been devastating, particularly for the 55,000 local people who have had to leave their homes and move into shelters. It has also played havoc with the flights in and out of the island, leaving people stranded while the experts try to work out what the volcano will do next.

 

But this has been a fascinating time for scholars like me who investigate the use of drones in social justice, environmental activism and crisis preparedness. The use of drones in this context is just the latest example of the “computerization of nature” and raises questions about how reality is increasingly being constructed by software.

 

Amazon drone delivery is developing in the UK, drone blood delivery is happening in Rwanda, while in Indonesia people are using drones to monitor orangutan populations, map the growth and expansion of palm oil plantations and gather information that might help us predict when volcanoes such as Agung might again erupt with devastating impact.

 

In Bali, I have the pleasure of working with a remarkable group of drone professionals, inventors and hackers who work for Aeroterrascan, a drone company from Bandung, on the Indonesian island of Java. As part of their corporate social responsibility, they have donated their time and technologies to the Balinese emergency and crisis response teams. It’s been fascinating to participate in a project that flies remote sensing systems high in the air in order to better understand dangerous forces deep in the Earth.

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Indigenous People are Deploying Drones to Preserve Land and Traditions

 

http://blogs.discove...and-traditions/

 

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(Discover) Indigenous tribes from the Pacific Northwest to the Amazon Basin face a similar set of challenges: How to manage their lands, defend against corporate encroachment and document historic and religious sites for future generations. Often working with limited resources, many indigenous groups are turning to drones to protect and preserve their traditional lands.

 

Many Central and South American countries have laws that, on paper, limit what companies can do on indigenous lands. But enforcement is hit-or-miss. To make their voices heard, indigenous tribes must go to the government with solid evidence that shows the land is theirs and laws are being broken.

 

Drones can help gather that evidence. In two separate programs, indigenous communities in both Panama and Guyana are using drones to help monitor deforestation, document their own land use, and fight illegal encroachment into their territories.

 

Reclaiming What’s Theirs

 

In Guyana, members of the Wapichan tribe ride motorbikes along bumpy forest roads, drones tucked safely inside their backpacks. They’re heading toward an illegal gold mining operation on the tribe’s land, where workers are clearing away the rainforest and allowing pollutants to run into the Wapichan’s water sources. The drone team will photograph the site from above, creating a mosaic of aerial photos that can be used to defend the tribe’s land in court.

 

The Wapichan tribe built its own fixed-wing drone in 2014 to patrol its territory from above. Gregor MacLennan, a program director for the nonprofit organization Digital Democracy, and tribe members relied on YouTube videos and online forums to help assemble the drone.

 

 

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Poachers shoot down anti-poaching drone in the Gulf of California

 

http://www.latimes.c...1226-story.html

 

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Tensions between poachers and conservationists in the Gulf of California escalated over the weekend after a fisherman shot down a drone being used to monitor illegal activities.

 

The drone belonged to the U.S. conservation group Sea Shepherd, which has two ships in the northern part of the Sea of Cortez as part of an effort to save the critically endangered vaquita porpoise.

 

The vaquita have been inadvertently caught in nets that poachers use to catch the endangered totoaba fish. Fishermen can make huge sums on the black market for dried totoaba swim bladders, which are sold in China for their supposed medicinal properties.

 

The environmental group has been searching for nets and pulling them from the water.

 

“[The poachers] don’t like us, they’ve made that very clear. We’ve received a lot of threats,” said Paul Watson, the founder of Sea Shepherd, which has a total of 12 ships working to protect marine life around the globe. “We are hoping the Mexican government will take this incident seriously.”


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'Uber for blood': how Rwandan delivery robots are saving lives

An ingenious drone delivery service known as “Uber for blood” has slashed the delivery time of life-saving medicine to remote regions of Rwanda from four hours to an average of half an hour.
A partnership between Zipline, a Silicon Valley robotics company, and the country’s health ministry has delivered more than 5,500 units of blood over the past year, often in life-saving situations. Never before have patients in the country received blood so quickly and efficiently.
While commercial drone delivery in wealthier countries is still at the testing stage, hampered by busy skies and strict regulations on airspace, Zipline is delivering blood to 12 regional hospitals from a base in the east of Rwanda. Each hospital serves about half a million people.


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Workhorse's newly approved passenger drone free to fly at CES

We've been keeping a keen eye on the progress of the Workhorse SureFly since it emerged at the Paris Air Show in June, and now the stage is set for its big debut. The two-seat octocopter is preparing to make its first test flight, after receiving official approval from the authorities to lift off at CES in Las Vegas next week.

 

https://newatlas.com...rone-ces/52815/



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Circular runways: Engineer wants to use design for drones

 

Circular runways: Engineer wants to use design for drones

The Dutch engineer behind the idea for circular runways at airports has revealed plans to build a test runway for unmanned delivery drones.

Henk Hesselink is collaborating with Valkenburg airport, a disused naval base near The Hague, which has ambitions to become a drone innovation centre.

His design for circular runways at passenger airports captured global attention last year, in aviation circles and on social media.

The point, he explained, was to make more efficient use of space, reduce tricky crosswind landings and cut down on noise pollution.

Mr Hesselink, a senior research and development manager at the Netherlands Aerospace Centre, says growing demand for drone delivery services will call for "a network of drones".

 

Read more: http://www.bbc.com/n...tories-42443334

 

 

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Over 1000 Chinese drones swarmed and put on an aerial show
brian wang | January 9, 2018

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At the Global Fortune Forum in Guangzhou on December 7th, 1180 EHang drones danced and blinked out an aerial show for 9 minutes.

Each drone cost $1,500. Each drone had a datalink and control software. The over one thousand flying drones coordinate autonomously and synchronize movements, with a flight precision of 2 centimeters horizontally and 1 centimeter vertically. If something goes wrong and a drone can’t reach its programmed position, it automatically lands.

In fall 2017, the Chinese Academy of Sciences used high-altitude balloons to release two shoebox-sized, flying-wing drones that flew downward from a height of 15 miles. They flew a distance of more than 60 miles. Those high-altitude micro UAVs have passive sensors for detecting electromagnetic activity and can map terrain. The USA has Perdix system drone swarms. The US has released them from military jets.

 

https://www.nextbigf...erial-show.html



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New Jersey Legislators Approve Penalties for Drunk Droning

 

https://www.msn.com/...ID=ansmsnnews11

 

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(Gizmodo) New Jersey state legislators approved a ban on operating drones while inebriated on Monday, approving legislation that would punish drunk or high pilots with up to six months in prison or a $1,000 fine 39-0 in the State Senate and 65-0 in the State Assembly.

 

The bill is all but set to become law, though when is unclear. Gov. Chris Christie has not commented on whether he approves of the bill; he’s pocket-vetoed prior legislation to regulate law enforcement use of drones, but since this one deals with civilian use, it’s less likely he’d have a problem with it. Christie’s term expires on January 16th, though, so it’s possible the bill will have to be punted to a new legislative session and Democratic governor-elect Phil Murphy to sign if it passes again.

 

There doesn’t appear to be any specific minimum size listed for drones it would be illegal to drunkenly operate in New Jersey in the version of the bill posted to the legislature’s web site, though it does use the standard 0.08 blood alcohol concentration level as a definition of what constitutes being too drunk to fly.

 

Per Newsweek, Democratic sponsor Assemblywoman Annette Quijano said in a statement that drones are becoming “increasingly disruptive” and prohibiting inebriated piloting could prevent “dangerous situations” like near-collisions with aircraft and interference with fire-control operations. John Sullivan, a New York-based “drone buff and aerial cinematographer,” told Reuters he worried about regulatory overreach but admitted that flying drones is “basically like flying a blender.”

 

The bill also establishes similar penalties for using drones to hunt or endanger people and property, as well as stiffer penalties for interfering with correctional facilities or emergency personnel, per CBS News.


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Boeing electric vertical takeoff and landing cargo drone
brian wang | January 12, 2018

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Boeing unveiled a new unmanned electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing (eVTOL) cargo air vehicle (CAV) prototype that will be used to test and evolve Boeing’s autonomy technology for future aerospace vehicles. It is designed to transport a payload up to 500 pounds for possible future cargo and logistics applications.

The electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing multi-copter UAV is designed to carry up to 500 pounds.

“This flying cargo air vehicle represents another major step in our Boeing eVTOL strategy,” said Boeing Chief Technology Officer Greg Hyslop. “We have an opportunity to really change air travel and transport, and we’ll look back on this day as a major step in that journey.”

 

https://www.nextbigf...argo-drone.html



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Boeing unveils new drone strong enough to lift a refrigerator

Boeing has unveiled a new drone that can carry 500 pounds of cargo. That’s enough to comfortably carry things like domestic appliances.
Vital stats: Boeing explains that the cargo air vehicle (or CAV) uses batteries, electric motors, and eight propeller blades to take flight. It measures 15 feet long and 18 feet wide, and weighs 747 pounds. It’s successfully completed test flights at Boeing’s research labs.

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I think this article is talking about the same topic covered in the previous article cited by Yuli Ban. Even so, it has a decidedly different take with additional detail.

 

Boeing's Cargo Drone Prototype is Huge

 

http://blogs.discove...rone-prototype/

 

Introduction:

 

(Discover) Boeing this week showcased its new unmanned electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing cargo air vehicle that can carry a payload of up to 500 pounds. In simpler terms: it’s a huge flying drone.

 

A team of engineers and technicians for the worldwide aerospace company moved fast to build it, creating a flying prototype in less than three months. The octocopter weighs more than 700 pounds and is powered custom batteries. It comes in at 15 feet long, 18 feet wide and 4 feet tall. It’s big…really big.

 

There isn’t a time frame for when we could see large drones such as this one flying overhead delivering goods from A to B. Researchers at companies including Boeing, Airbus and Amazon are still working at perfecting the tech, regulations are a far cry from allowing it, and not to mention we need to build the infrastructure.

 

And what about if you’re walking along a street and one of these things comes crashing down? Scientists are also studying what happens if a drone hits a person on the ground, though with much, much smaller drones than this Goliath.

There’s no mention of how fast it can go or any other specifics, but Boeing will use this prototype to further test autonomous tech for its future aerospace vehicles, according to a news release.


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Drone drops flotation device to stranded swimmers in world-first rescue mission
 

 

Lifeguards in the Australian state of New South Wales have been testing out a new lifesaving drone known as the Little Ripper for the last couple of years, and they have high hopes for it. The aircraft is fitted with cameras and pattern-recognition software that might one day allow it to spot sharks and warn nearby swimmers, though that capability remains a work in progress.

 

https://newatlas.com...ustralia/53045/



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Robots to the Rescue: Saving Lives With Unmanned Vehicles

 

http://blogs.discove...anned-vehicles/

 

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(Discover) Last week’s sea rescue of Australian swimmers by an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) is just the start of a robotics revolution.

 

On January 18, an Australian lifeguard piloted a drone over the turbulent ocean off the far north coast of New South Wales to rescue two teens in distress. As thrilling as it was to watch a tiny drone drop a flotation device to the two struggling swimmers, the rescue was relatively easy, using proven robotic technology in an ideal, wide-open environment.

 

Drones and UAVs have been used in search and rescue (SAR) situations around the world for more than a decade. They have searched for victims inside collapsed buildings, collected disaster data, detected dangerous materials and conditions, and deployed first aid kits.

 

But the unmanned robotic systems we use today operate under severe constraints: They need a human to remotely steer the device or a strong GPS signal and open spaces to allow auto-piloted maneuvering.

 

First on the Scene

 

These robots don’t need to be smaller, more powerful, heat- or collision-resistant, contain more sensors or have better user interfaces. The real challenge for robotics researchers is to develop unmanned rescue robots that are capable of making independent decisions and have the ability to work unsupervised in confined, chaotic spaces.

 

 

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A Westpac Little Ripper drone helped rescue two teens off the coast of Australia by dropping a flotation device to them.
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