Drone Activity News

May 3, 2019 2 By Graham

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In this Drone Activity News Post I cover some of the latest ways that Drones are being used. There are now more and more uses for a drone. Some are used in the medical field, some are being used dangerously. They are being used by the US military for defence testing and some for goods delivery.

Drones Shot Up. Midair Sightings of Drones

Since 2015 the mid air sighting of Drones, by Pilots, has shot up by 91%. The latest figures from the US FAA, show there were more than 2300 near misses, or close calls, reported last year, 2018, by  Pilots.

More alarming is the increase in Hobby Drones, being flown by hobbyist operators, into and around raging wild fires. This action is both illegal and dangerous. Its an action that prevents aerial firefighters from doing their job, and puts lives at risk.

New Airline. Google Drones

Wow I thought Amazon would be the first big player for a drone delivery service, seems me and a lot of others were wrong. The latest from Google is that they have been approved by the FAA, for the use of delivery drones, outside of testing areas. They have not got permission to use drones for a delivery service, instead Google has been certified to operate as an airline. The FAA says that the Google Drones are within their safety requirements.  Google X Wing

Google Wing Drones will have 14 propellers and be able to fly 400 feet above the ground, vertically and also sideways, and reach speeds of around 75 miles per hour (121Kph). The package, weight not to exceed 3.3 pounds (1.5Kg), will be placed on the ground via a tether. In Australia, the Drones have been undergoing extensive, real life testing in Canberra, Australia’s capital city

Tornadoes or Super-cells.

According to a report in the Boulder Daily Camera by reporter Charlie Brennan, The University of Colorado Boulder, along with other Universities will, from May 13th to June 16th, be involved in TORUS which is a project to study the evolution and formation of severe weather in the Central Plains area. Along with scientists and engineers involved in the project, they will be testing drone equipment to be used in that study, at the U.S National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Table Mountain Test Facility. The group from the University, known as the CU Boulder Integrated Remote and In-Situ Sensing Team are taking part to help in the design of better alerts for storms. TORUS is the acronym for Targeted Observation by Radars and UAS of Super-cells. UAS is the acronym for Unmanned Aerial Systems.

Microwaves crash Drones

A major supplier to the military of hi tech defence and technology systems, Raytheon Co, recently announced successful trials of directed energy systems. There were two types of energy used to bring down various types of quad-copter and fixed wing drones, in a demonstration at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. DJI Phantom 4 quad-copters and a mix of other drones, including class 1 and 2 fixed wing drones. Raytheon HEL System.

A spokesman from Raytheon said, “After decades of research and investment, we believe these advanced directed-energy applications will soon be ready for the battlefield to help protect people, assets and infrastructure.” The weapon systems used were Mobile High Energy Laser weapons, HEL, and High Power Microwave energy, HPM. These two systems, when paired with Raytheons Multi Spectral Targeting System, were also able to detect and defeat several dozen multiple unmanned targets in the exercises.

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Updated May 30, 2019
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