New York police see risks with drones’ popularity

Associated Press – 9 July 2014 18:35-04:00

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Scientists at the University of Bristol have successfully mapped radiation levels around a Japanese power station using a drone.

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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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