Category Archives: In the mainstream news

News reports published in the mainstream media.

Moron crashes drone into Empire State Building. Now facing criminal charges.

A small drone crashed into the 40th floor of the Empire State Building Thursday night and then fell to a 35th floor landing, authorities said.

Investigators said Sean Nivin Riddle was arrested at the scene and is expected to face criminal charges. He was being questioned by officers at the Midtown South police precinct.

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Florida county to battle mosquitoes through Federal drone program.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao on Wednesday afternoon named Lee County‘s mosquito control outfit one of only 10 state, local and tribal government entities to be selected for the Federal Aviation Administration’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program.

That means Lee County’s mosquito control operations will be able to incorporate drone technology under more relaxed standards than they would otherwise be required to adhere to under current law.

 

Smugglers used drones and inter-skyscraper cables to get $80m of iPhones into China.

Customs officers in southern China’s technology hub Shenzhen busted a group of criminals using drones to smuggle 500 million yuan ($79.8 million) worth of smartphones from Hong Kong to Shenzhen, the official Legal Daily reported on Friday.

Authorities arrested 26 suspects who used drones to fly two 200-meter (660-feet) cables between Hong Kong and the mainland to transport refurbished iPhones with a total value of 500 million yuan, the paper said in a report on the crackdown by Shenzhen and Hong Kong customs.

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Close Call With Drone Flying Illegally Left Glider No Room to Take Evasive Action.

A drone flying above the recommended height near an airfield “endangered” aircraft, passing close to a glider.

The gilder pilot reported that the drone came within 20-50m (65-164ft) of their aircraft on their approach to Dunstable, Bedfordshire, at a height of 550ft (168m) on New Year’s Day.

The UK Airprox Board said had the drone been on a “collision course” the glider would have been unlikely to respond.

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Russian military bases attacked by swarm of home-made drone bombers.

The Russian Ministry of Defence claims its forces in Syria were attacked a week ago by a swarm of home-made drones – the first time such a coordinated assault has been reported in a military action.

While photographs of the improvised UAVs used in the assault make the drones look clunky and strung together, the Russians’ analysis reveals they were armed with explosives and launched from a site more than 50 kilometres (31 miles) distant from their targets, navigating the trek via GPS and altitude-control sensors.

The Ministry says a technical examination indicates these drones would have an effective attacking range of about 100 kilometres (62 miles) – which is pretty terrifying – and means that in the new era of UAV warfare, locations that once may have seemed immune to attack, are in fact exposed.

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