Camera takes flight on a dog leash

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Know what’s a really stupid thing to do? This.It might not look like much, but it’s likely one of the first videos of a small-fry cinema drone cruising in close proximity of a descending passenger jet. The footage was shot over Vancouver International Airport by YouTube user Quadrotor Dragonfly late last year, and is just now coming to the attention of Canadian air safety officials. Dragonfly appears to have kept his distance—note the digital zoom—but that doesn’t mean this is legal, per se. According to Civil Aviation Regulations, if you want to fly a UAV like Dragonfly did here you have to obtain a Special Flight Operations Certificate from Transit Canada

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The X-47B at its unveiling ceremony in December 2008. The Navy is preparing to start the next round of competition for its successor—a drone capable of dropping 500-pound bombs and acting as a robotic “wingman” to fighter pilots.

US Navy

The US Navy is close to the next phase of its plan to build squadrons of robotic “top guns,” carrier-based unmanned aircraft capable of collecting intelligence, watching for enemies, and bombing them if necessary. On April 17, the Naval Air Systems Command issued a “restricted” draft request for proposals for the Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) system to the four contenders who have already been involved in the preliminary design review for the system—Boeing, Lockheed Martin, General Atomics, and Northrop Grumman.
Northrop Grumman won the first round of the Navy’s carrier-based drone program, providing the X-47B for the Navy’s Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstration (UCAS-D) program

View original article at Ars Technica

It’s hard not to appreciate the awe-inspiring beauty of a well-produced fireworks show. Virtually any seat in the house is adequate to view an aerial display – or at least that’s what I thought before I saw what it looks like to be in the epicenter of the explosions. ..

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Drones are getting pretty advanced, and they’re continuing to prove their usefulness. They can do anything from dodge bullets to land on aircraft carriers . And up next is an emerging new class of drones that can take off and land vertically, thanks to the likes of the new Arcturus UAV Jump system.Read more.

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