The Air Force's Shadowy Space Drone Comes Back Down To Earth – Jalopnik

ABC NewsThe Air Force’s Shadowy Space Drone Comes Back Down To EarthJalopnikThe X-37B has become a blank canvas for which scientific and paranoid minds alike have painted their technological dreams and nightmares. With its long awaited return from space this morning, we’re still left wondering: What the hell has this thing been .

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Mystery spy spaceship lands on Earth after record 675-day orbit

The X-37B—America’s spy space drone—has landed safely after a record-setting orbit of 675 days. While this was expected, that doesn’t make it any less incredible. The fact that this spacecraft has been in orbit for almost two years and has returned to Earth intact is an amazing technological feat.Read more.

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Top-secret X-37B space drone lands on California coast after 2 year orbit

Officials at Vandenberg Air Force Base said the plane, which spent nearly two years orbiting Earth on a classified mission, touched down at 9:24 a.m. Friday.

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Flying a Drone Is Still Not a Crime, New York Police Department Learns

New York City police didn’t know what to charge two drone pilots with earlier this summer and, it turns out, they still don’t know what to charge them with: Charges were dropped today in a legal saga that never should have happened in the first place.To recap: Earlier this summer, Wilkins Mendoza and Remy Castro were flying their DJI Phantom 2 drone near New York City’s George Washington Bridge. An NYPD helicopter saw it and chased it down. Mendoza and Castro were arrested for felony reckless endangerment charges because, according to the police, the drone flew “very close” to the chopper, which was a lie.Not sure exactly what we gotThe media ran with the NYPD’s version of the story, and what was definitely a kind of stupid but not illegal flight by two people screwing around with their drone quickly turned into a rallying cry for the Federal Aviation Administration and others about how dangerous it is when people fly drones at aircraft

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Controlling a Quadcopter with Gestures

[grassjelly] has been hard at work building a wearable device that uses gestures to control quadcopter motion. The goal of the project is to design a controller that allows the user to intuitively control the motion of a quadcopter. Based on the demonstration video below, we’d say they hit the nail on the head. The controller runs off an Arduino Pro Mini-5v powered by two small coin cell batteries. It contains an accelerometer and an ultrasonic distance sensor

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The future is here: Drone racing

The gap between playing video games and being a professional raceway champion is one step closer to extinction with the arrival of drone racing, a sport which sees racers pit their remote controlled craft against each other (and thanks to an onboard camera) all from a safe distance.

The increase in drone ownership has grown dramatically in recent years as the cost of the gadgets has fallen.
Once a precious item reserved for military operations and gaining poorly framed angles of sportspeople mid-play, drones can now be picked up online, or at any decent camera shop, for anywhere between about $400 and $1,400.
With the number of drone owners on the rise, so rose the number of relatively bored people standing around in fields flying their new toys in circles.
Inevitably, one bored drone owner turned to another and proposed a race

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Is the FAA Purposefully Trying to Confuse Everyone About Its Drone Rules?

What is the Federal Aviation Administration doing with drones? No one knows—it doesn’t even know. Maybe that’s by design.On Friday, the agency said that AC 91-57, the 33-year-old document that guides drone operation in the United States was canceled. Today, it’s back on the books. This is the latest in a very long string of completely paradoxical moves made by the agency

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11 Halloween Costumes for People Who Spend Too Much Time on the Internet

Halloween is almost two weeks away, which means time is running out to create the perfect costume. (Yes, you could always buy one, but homemade costumes are so much more fun and clever.) If you’re anything like us, you spend most of your time hiding behind a screen, entrenched in the weird world of the Internet — so why not use Halloween as an opportunity to celebrate the web’s biggest trends?
Here, ideas for 11 costumes that will help you take your web-savviness off of the screen and into the real world.
1. The Apparently Kid
Five-year-old Noah Ritter became a massive internet sensation thanks to his scene-stealing appearance on a local news segment

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Serbia condemns football drone stunt

The Serbian foreign minister says a flag incident which halted a football match with Albania was a “political provocation” as Uefa takes action.

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A European Soccer Match Was Abandoned Over a Drone-Induced Brawl

Last night, Serbia played Albania at soccer in a Euro 2016 qualifier. But, in the 40th minute, things turned surreal: a drone flew over the pitch flying a flag which raised tensions enough to start a fight and get the match stopped.Read more..

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