Image: Flickr/oinonioAn air traffic control recording confirms that a New York Police Department helicopter flew at a drone hovering near the George Washington Bridge earlier this week—not the other way around. What’s more, police had no idea what to charge the drone pilots with, and never appeared to fear a crash with the drone.Two men, Wilkins Mendoza and Remy Castro, both of New York City, were arrested Monday on felony reckless endangerment charges after the NYPD said the two flew their drone “very close” to a law enforcement chopper, causing the police helicopter to take evasive maneuvers. Air traffic control recordings from LaGuardia airport posted by the website liveatc.net suggest that only happened after the chopper pilot decided to chase the drone

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#the martha blog has amazing photos of my farm taken by a drone! We love the possibilities and opportunities drones offer. Do you? — Martha Stewart (@MarthaStewart) July 9, 2014 Read more…

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This “Voltron” stealth bomber seems out of a science fiction movie, but it’s one of the aircraft concepts that military powerhouse BAE Systems is working on: A single bomber/drone would fly as one from the home base, then divide into three airplanes to execute different tasks in the same area and reassemble to return to the base.Read more…

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Image: Gnat WarfareJudging from the comments I’ve seen on a lot of drone coverage, shooting down a drone is a fantasy for a lot of people. Well, at least one enterprising company is letting people do just that, offering gun aficionados the chance to shoot at real drones that are strapped with explosives.You heard that right—each of Arizona-based Gnat Warfare’s drones have gunpowder caps strapped to them, which explode when hit with a shotgun pellet. “It’s the toughest target people ever shoot at,” Gnat Warfare’s George Ford told me. “It’s a pretty big target, but it has a 14-15 foot lead time in front of the plane, and there’s a pilot maneuvering the plane

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An Israeli-made Heron surveillance drone, similar to the model Canada flew in Afghanistan. Image: Wikimedia CommonsThe Canadian military has released details on its new $100 billion wish list for new gear, and it’s a revealing look at how the service views the future of war.The laundry list of hardware was released as part of Ottawa’s new procurement strategy, which was hastily installed following the government’s bungling of the F-35 acquisition process. It’s also a signal for the defence industry, one designed to give contractors a heads-up as to what Canada will be shopping for over the next two decades.The guide, which is basically a rough draft for government spending, includes high-tech surveillance equipment, so-called “next-generation” fighter planes, a new drone fleet, and cash injections prolonging the life of some aging ships and planes

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