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Re: Amazon Drone Deliveries?

Postby Karlsweldt » Tue Oct 14, 2014 5:13 am

Curious about the complexity of the drone operations..
Is there a remote operator, in visual contact with the drone, or is the drone autonomous?
GPS navigation is not 100% accurate.. so there may be erroneous deliveries! But if an autonomous flight, can it sense objects or people, and avoid them? If remotely operated, the process may be a bit safer for the public. And the drone.
But an aside thought.. if someone wants one of those delivery drones badly enough, what is to stop them from hijacking it with a net or signal jammer? Who could be held accountable? :?
Then too, it may appear as an intruder to some foraging bird's territory.. and could be attacked!
What if a dog attacks it when it lands in a person's yard? :lol: :lol:

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Re: Amazon Drone Deliveries?

Postby markirob1 » Fri Oct 17, 2014 2:01 pm

Oh jeez Karl the dog eats the pizza.. The Hobo grabs the drone and eats the pizza.. its stupid! stupid! Someone Steals the drone. Does the drone have armourie? A fource field........... Oh my god what am i getting into!!!
I took a look at it.. Its not broken now!!.. but its not fixed either!!!
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Re: Amazon Drone Deliveries?

Postby Karlsweldt » Mon Feb 16, 2015 5:10 pm

Latest ado about drones is that the FAA is making new rules concerning drones. Amazon is not happy about many of them!
Some of the proposed rules:
1) Operator must be certified, minimally, to operate a remote-control craft.
2) Craft cannot fly higher than 500 feet.
3) Craft cannot fly out of operator's vision field.
4) Craft cannot be flown at night.
5) Craft cannot be flown too close over areas where people are present (stadiums, gatherings).
5) Craft must remain a minimal 2 miles outside commercial air traffic lanes, and 5 miles from airports.
http://www.weartv.com/news/features/top ... 5355.shtml
Many special exemptions for commercial users and emergency rescue personnel.
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Re: Amazon Drone Deliveries?

Postby BrevCampagnolo » Tue Jul 21, 2015 8:10 am

It was a quad copter. Follow the link to watch the video.

First-ever legal drone delivery takes place in the U.S.

In a U.S.-first, drones made a delivery Friday with the blessing of regulators...

...The operation kicked off with a fixed-wing aircraft, operated by NASA Langley Research Center pilots, carrying 24 packages of medicine from a pharmacy in Oakwood, Virginia to Lonesome Pine Airport in Wise. Flirtey's smaller unmanned craft then hauled the medicine the remaining distance in multiple trips to the Wise County Fairgrounds, lowering its cargo via tether to near the clinic. Per Flirtey's video, a single flight took around three minutes.

In February, the Federal Aviation Administration clarified its position on commercial drone use with an effective ban on drone delivery. An exception was made for Friday's highly controlled event, after the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership at Virginia Tech gained authorization for the research flights...

...While Amazon is of course desperate to get its drone mailing service off the ground, the drone-delivery of medication has been making more headlines recently. In June, a pro-choice group called Women on Waves flew abortion medication by drone into Poland, where the procedure is severely restricted.
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Re: Amazon Drone Deliveries?

Postby BrevCampagnolo » Tue Jul 21, 2015 8:30 am

Submarine launches undersea drone in a 1st for US Navy

Not to pick nits but I think the earliest self-steering weapons, like the acoustic homing torpedoes from WWII, also meet the modern definition of an autonomous drone.
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Re: Amazon Drone Deliveries?

Postby Karlsweldt » Tue Jul 21, 2015 3:50 pm

The first use of an autonomous drone dates back to the 1800s.
http://www.nesta.org.uk/node/753
.."unmanned combat vehicles existed - an interesting example are balloons, which were used with various results by the Austrian army in an attack on Venice in 1849 and the Japanese forces in the Fu-go bombings in 1945. "

Some were set with locked controls, straight path of flight. Others had mechanical "pilots" that did minor steering for diversion. Some small boats loaded with explosives were used as drones to get near an enemy ship and blow up.
Drones are getting a bad reputation. Too many instances where they interfere with commercial flights and emergency response needs. A recent brush fire in California had drones flying about.. and firefighting aircraft could not fly safely! http://www.onenewspage.com/video/201507 ... ghters.htm
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Re: Amazon Drone Deliveries?

Postby rascard2007 » Wed Jul 22, 2015 5:39 am

Karlsweldt wrote:What if a dog attacks it when it lands in a person's yard? :lol: :lol:


Oh! My dog caught a fly! :lol: :lol:
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Re: Amazon Drone Deliveries?

Postby BrevCampagnolo » Thu Aug 13, 2015 8:10 am

Google is testing drones in US airspace by piggybacking on Nasa exemption
Documents show the tech company has skirted regulations for private firms for a year by flying its Project Wing aircraft over private land as part of a deal with Nasa



Developer Stephen Ross’s RSE Ventures Invests in Drone Racing
Drone Racing League, a New York startup, is planning its first public race later this year



Drone almost hits medical helicopter carrying patient to Fresno hospital
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Re: Amazon Drone Deliveries?

Postby Karlsweldt » Thu Aug 13, 2015 4:15 pm

And since Aug. 01, more than ten reports of aircraft pilots noting drones while approaching runways.. drones flying above 1,000 feet! Some reports of noting two or more drones around airports, prompting thoughts of terrorist activities!
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/homeland-se ... n-attacks/
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Re: Amazon Drone Deliveries?

Postby Karlsweldt » Fri Sep 04, 2015 5:39 am

Here is a new threat.. a drone 'crashed' the US Tennis Open matches in NYC on Thursday Sept.3!
Thankfully, it landed where no one was sitting. The operator was quickly found, and arrested.
A lot of frightened people, and the match was suspended temporarily.
http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2015/09/ ... emb6X3mnts
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