Earlier this year an attempt to fly drugs into a Melbourne prison using a drone made national headlines.
Police quickly arrested a man in a nearby car, found with the drone and a small quantity of drugs.
Simon Wojcik laughs, “Why wouldn’t they try dropping a pizza before dropping drugs? It would be a lot cheaper to test it out.”
Simon is the owner of Arial Photography Australia (APA), and is the only distributor of SteadiDrones in the country. A self-described “drone importer”, Simon knows a thing or two about drones

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Flying a drone for the Air Force is like any other skill; you have to learn it. The Atlantic got a rare look inside the classroom where that instruction happens. It’s a lot like most classrooms you’ve probably been in, except the word problems they’re working through involve killing people. Read more.

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A herd of elephants, as seen from a UAV. Image: PLOS OneDrones are supposed to help us save the rhinos and the elephants—something they’re not going to be able to if they’re banned. When people point out the beneficial uses of drones, one of the first things they list is their potential as an anti-poaching tool. Using drones to save endangered animals is about as uncontroversial as you can get—especially because, in the remote savannah, there aren’t as many privacy issues from flying cameras.But that’s apparently not enough for several countries: Kenya’s government just banned the private use of drones, a move that will immediately ground an anti-poaching pilot program that was set to begin in one of the world’s most important wildlife sanctuaries

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Image: Mesa County, CO Sheriff’s Dept.Last week, the Los Angeles police department announced a new acquisition: two Draganflyer X6 drones, small hexacopters about three feet wide and capable of being outfitted with a range of sophisticated cameras. This makes the LAPD the largest municipal police department in the country known to possess unmanned aerial vehicles for surveillance or tactical uses.But the LAPD took pains to make it clear that it won’t fly them, at least not immediately. “No decision has been made whether or not these vehicles will be used,” the department said in a short press release issued yesterday

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With the advancements in quadrotor parts and technology over the years, it’s become possible to make just about anything fly if you can strap some high-speed rotors to it. Introducing the first edible quadrotor!
[Michael] enjoys building and flying quadrotors. His girlfriend enjoys baking and making chocolates. One day she had a crazy idea — what if they made a quadrotor together, combining their unique skill sets? [Michael] was a bit skeptical at first. After all, chocolate doesn’t really compare to aluminum or carbon for a frame material… and chocolate melts at room temperature

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