If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(EFF)   Want to know if you are being surveilled by a government drone? Here is a handy map of the places using drones in the U.S. Don't forget to wave...one finger at a time   (eff.org) divider line 63
    More: Misc, FAA, Predator drone  
•       •       •

19296 clicks; posted to Main » on 24 Apr 2012 at 10:30 AM (2 years ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



63 Comments   (+0 »)
   
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest

Archived thread

First | « | 1 | 2 | » | Last | Show all
 
2012-04-24 12:25:52 PM

ongbok: CrispFlows: Isn't operating drones a bit cheaper for aerial surveys?

I also see a lot of colleges on the list, which leads me to believe that they are being used in some type of research or studies.


Yeah the (expired) one from Cornell doesn't really worry me, because they do a ton of agricultural research in this area. Also I believe they may have been involved in trying to track down Giant Hogweed for the DEC or something so it wouldn't surprise me if the drone was used for some of that. Now, DEA, state police use, etc, that would be disturbing.
 
2012-04-24 12:31:50 PM

Grables'Daughter: Okay, there's a drone plane circling my house now.


Idea!

Run out for a nude sunbathing session in your backyard!

/I'll be waiting for the pics to leak...
//Allow me to go ahead and mace myself.
 
2012-04-24 12:52:40 PM
The drone permit in Arlington, TX was issued to "assist local police officers with security during Super Bowl XLV". Hasn't been much in the news around here lately about whether they are still actively using the drone or not; last I can find they (the Arlington city council) were trying to figure out how to pay the operating/maintenance costs for the darned thing.

Link
 
2012-04-24 01:17:11 PM

Thespis377: I was there in '97. It was just Indian Springs Air Station back then. Don't remember it being called Creech, AFB.


The "old" base was on the verge of being closed when it got reinvented and was given a higher security rating. In the last eight years, it's grown immensely, although you can't really tell in the daytime. When I first started going to a retreat center in that area, you used to see what looked like one or two small lights on at night at the base, and now it looks like a large city after dark.
 
2012-04-24 01:26:30 PM

Farker Posey: The "old" base was on the verge of being closed when it got reinvented and was given a higher security rating. In the last eight years, it's grown immensely, although you can't really tell in the daytime.


What they don't tell you is that before it expanded, old Henry Bascomb was walkin' around in a glowing space ghost-type costume to scare off the local farmer so he could buy the land cheap, then sell it to the Air Force and make a good profit. If it weren't for some kids pokin' around the old air base, Bascomb would have gotten away with it.
 
2012-04-24 01:36:18 PM

dittybopper: Farker Posey: The "old" base was on the verge of being closed when it got reinvented and was given a higher security rating. In the last eight years, it's grown immensely, although you can't really tell in the daytime.

What they don't tell you is that before it expanded, old Henry Bascomb was walkin' around in a glowing space ghost-type costume to scare off the local farmer so he could buy the land cheap, then sell it to the Air Force and make a good profit. If it weren't for some kids pokin' around the old air base, Bascomb would have gotten away with it.


He could have pulled it off long before the kids got there if he had dressed as Moltar or Zorak.
unless he was going for the unregistered sex offender angle
 
2012-04-24 01:38:17 PM

ongbok: CrispFlows: Isn't operating drones a bit cheaper for aerial surveys?

I also see a lot of colleges on the list, which leads me to believe that they are being used in some type of research or studies.


One of the California sites is for a forest and fire protection service, which I suspect might have to do with watching out for fires.
 
2012-04-24 02:35:23 PM
This release is funny. I know one of the spots is just the RC airfield we fly from.
 
2012-04-24 02:37:24 PM
I was rather unpleasantly surprised to see Lockheed Martin and other manufacturers displaying their drones for sale to corporations at the latest National Association of Broadcasters show in Vegas....

lh5.googleusercontent.com
I'm almost more worried about NewsCorp drones than FBI/DEA/Homeland Security drones...
 
2012-04-24 03:42:15 PM
Those spots aren't the places you have to worry about...

it is between the spots.
 
2012-04-24 05:53:32 PM

Loki009: Meh is all i can say about this list. It doesnt really tell you anything. For example here is an article about when UCONN got their authorization

Link

The project involves using a large hobbyist remote control helicopter known as the Maxi Joker 3. UConn's investigator on the proposed project, Chengyu Cao, says the goal will be to research autonomous navigation and guidance systems.

Cao said similar research is under way at other universities, including Virginia Tech, where he says researchers are working on designs for autonomous fixed wing aircraft rather than helicopters. He added that flight tests at UConn will be conducted by his lab.

The project involves using a large hobbyist remote control helicopter known as the Maxi Joker 3. UConn's investigator on the proposed project, Chengyu Cao, says the goal will be to research autonomous navigation and guidance systems.

Cao said similar research is under way at other universities, including Virginia Tech, where he says researchers are working on designs for autonomous fixed wing aircraft rather than helicopters. He added that flight tests at UConn will be conducted by his lab.


"Pro" hobbyist quad copters can fly for considerable range and distances now, all autonomously. If you have skills and access to equipment like a laser cutter, a high performance one could be put together for under $500. Will navigate via GPS, compass, and inertial dead reckoning. Range could be many miles and flight times can be around 45 min per battery.

The FAA is pushing new policies on this, particularly because there's a ton of practical uses. Recently someone hoaxed to be a Bay-area startup promising to delivery you a taco via quadcopter, which is mind-blowingly practical in days of clement weather. With its per-device weight capacity, it could take the place of a delivery guy, bypassing traffic and parking to shuttle fresh food to you in a remarkably short time. In fact it could follow where you are and drop off your food wherever your phone says you are. You could go to an outdoor area and it finds you and drops it on your table and leaves. We CAN physically do that, today, and no doubt profitably.

We don't have the legal framework to allow that. But legal framework may instead seek to PREVENT such exploitation, over concerns of crowding, accidents of UAVs dropping out of the sky on people, and security risks and illicit drug deliveries being untraceable once automated UAV deliveries become commonplace and not worthy of notice or question.
 
2012-04-24 09:39:07 PM
I have drones flying where I live all the time. This map does not include military drone airspace... The government should protect us from foriegn threats...not protect us from ourselves. The founders would have started a new revolution if they lived now.
 
2012-04-25 08:47:22 AM

Pharmdawg: Time Traveling Bunnies: What the fark is happening in Rome, GA that needs monitoring?

There's actually a large swinger community there.


Do tell...
 
Displayed 13 of 63 comments

First | « | 1 | 2 | » | Last | Show all

View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest


This thread is archived, and closed to new comments.

Continue Farking
Submit a Link »






Report