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(NASA)   NASA awards Jeff Bezos more time to develop his fleet of package delivery quadracopters   (nasa.gov ) divider line
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2013-12-15 05:38:07 PM  
Just wait till one of these things crashes on top of someone or it's rotors slit open someone's eyeballs. Lawyers will go Thunderdome on each other to be the ones chosen to file the lawsuits.
 
2013-12-15 05:45:03 PM  
It'll need lasers and AI to defend itself from robbers.

And a huge underground control complex.

Oh, and find Sarah Connor's house.....
 
2013-12-15 06:00:56 PM  
Meh, close enough  subby.
 
2013-12-15 06:07:12 PM  
Headline and article are related... how?
 
2013-12-15 06:10:37 PM  

RoomFullOfMonkeys: Headline and article are related... how?


Bezos's company Blue Origins had filed the protest with the GAO.  Protest turned down, SpaceX has exclusive use of the pad.
 
2013-12-15 06:11:14 PM  
oi42.tinypic.com

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2013-12-15 06:13:07 PM  

FrancoFile: RoomFullOfMonkeys: Headline and article are related... how?

Bezos's company Blue Origins had filed the protest with the GAO.  Protest turned down, SpaceX has exclusive use of the pad.


Ah, makes sense. ty.
 
2013-12-15 06:29:33 PM  
Aren't they octocopters?
 
2013-12-15 06:59:18 PM  
I don't know that the award timing is purely coincidental. 

When Besoz knew he didn't have anything but a single (badly crashed) test vehicle to show NASA after a decade of development work, he instead attacked the rules of the awards process.

While he was doing that, SpaceX used their time to put a 3.5 ton payload in exactly the geosynchronous transfer orbit the customer wanted.

"Let's see, do we go with the team that sent us launch video from yesterday and big plans for tomorrow, or the one that served us with a lawsuit?"
 
2013-12-15 07:20:04 PM  

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You know, this brings up an interesting point. It's a felony to shoot at an aircraft in flight in the United States, especially with the intent of downing it. Wonder if they'll extend that to drones, too?

studebaker hoch: While he was doing that, SpaceX used their time to put a 3.5 ton payload in exactly the geosynchronous transfer orbit the customer wanted.


Which, by the way, is an awesome feat.
 
2013-12-15 07:35:02 PM  
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2013-12-15 07:52:31 PM  
hardinparamedic:
You know, this brings up an interesting point. It's a felony to shoot at an aircraft in flight in the United States, especially with the intent of downing it. Wonder if they'll extend that to drones, too?

The FAA has jurisdiction AFAIK and drones' status has been settled. Currently the FAA's working on how the drones will be regulated and what their flight rules will be, but they are already legally aircraft. Intentionally interfering with a drone in-flight in any way, even aiming a laser pointer at one, is technically enough to get you arrested. I suspect local law enforcement doesn't know or care, though, as these are a federal agency's regulations rather than statutes.

How much effort the feds themselves would put into prosecuting you for shooting down someone's homebrew drone over your own property is a completely different matter. I can't imagine it being a high priority for them until it's their drones being shot down. But at some point in the next few years, I'm betting they'll make an example out of somebody, confiscate his property, and ruin his life. News coverage of that case will be the cheapest way for them to get the word out.

especially with the intent of downing it
"I swear, I thought the plane was in trouble and was trying to give it extra thrust from my bullets!" :)
 
2013-12-15 08:33:56 PM  

RoomFullOfMonkeys: FrancoFile: RoomFullOfMonkeys: Headline and article are related... how?

Bezos's company Blue Origins had filed the protest with the GAO.  Protest turned down, SpaceX has exclusive use of the pad.

Ah, makes sense. ty.


Musk has stated that he would be quite willing to lease Bezos a launch slot in 2020 or whenever Bezos has something that works.
 
2013-12-15 08:34:05 PM  
An improvement over the plan to deliver via trebuchet.
 
2013-12-15 08:36:00 PM  

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Flying creatures that drop loot! That guy in Colorado may be onto something after all.
 
2013-12-15 08:38:23 PM  

natazha: RoomFullOfMonkeys: FrancoFile: RoomFullOfMonkeys: Headline and article are related... how?

Bezos's company Blue Origins had filed the protest with the GAO.  Protest turned down, SpaceX has exclusive use of the pad.

Ah, makes sense. ty.

Musk has stated that he would be quite willing to lease Bezos a launch slot in 2020 or whenever Bezos has something that works.


Assuming there are no unicorns dancing in the flame trench.
 
2013-12-16 12:28:04 AM  
FrancoFile

Assuming there are no unicorns dancing in the flame trench.

That was scathing.  Musk pretty much told Bezos to put up or shut up.
 
2013-12-16 03:15:36 AM  
I have yet to see anyone discuss the issue of people stealing these packages/drones by interfering with their ability to communicate with home base or GPS.  Maybe there is some visual way to make it back home in case of loss of signal.  Still seems like a strange way to send things barring third world country style conditions.
 
2013-12-16 09:20:35 AM  

GreenMeteor: I have yet to see anyone discuss the issue of people stealing these packages/drones by interfering with their ability to communicate with home base or GPS.  Maybe there is some visual way to make it back home in case of loss of signal.  Still seems like a strange way to send things barring third world country style conditions.


Your run-of-the-mill Predator or Reaper UCAVs fly to a designated hold/rally point upon loss of signal (and they also don't rely on GPS for location, they have their own INS).  I can't see why this wouldn't also be the case for commercial UAVs.  You wouldn't be getting any free goodies out of them just by jamming the signal.  Commercial drones would definitely have to be able to cope with GPS LoS as well, because there are tons of urban areas where weak satellite signals just get lost in a forest of concrete towers.
 
2013-12-16 12:24:22 PM  
from http://www.gao.gov/products/B-408823

"The Agency might also have a future requirement for flux capacitors and warp drives. But future requirements, whether ethereal or concrete, real or imagined, are not current bona fide needs."

Well, duh.  The flux capacitor is essential to maintaining warp field integrity.
 
2013-12-16 12:27:18 PM  
I still think the coolest thing SpaceX ever did was make it to the ISS after losing an engine.

IIRC they got two military contracts right after that happened.

/next coolest thing has to be their grasshopper test vehicle.   OMFG.
 
2013-12-16 12:32:14 PM  
If the Amazon drones ever become a reality, I wonder how much they can carry back to Amazon?

I propose a test flight with my neighbors 130 dB chihuahua.
 
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