notes.husk.org. scribblings by Paul Mison.

2014-05-05

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“ I asked Rhinehart if he had ever considered sponsoring a food truck. He seemed not to understand the question. “We thought about doing Soylent drone delivery,” he said, dreamily. “Where you just hit a button on your phone and a drone comes and drops a bottle of Soylent, and you refuel.” ”
Lizzie Widdicombe in The End Of Food, an article on Soylent, the all-you-need food/drink, and its inventor, Rob Rhinehart, in the New Yorker.

2014-03-27

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“ I don’t think that some developing nations will like a drone flying over their head for a reason of delivering internet services; in Africa & MiddleEast a drone is seen as something that the western super power uses to spy and destroy…I think the Google Balloon will be easily accepted in faith and with excitement…just my opinion!! ”
Joel Yakubu Okama in a comment on Mark Zuckerberg’s latest post about internet.org, describing “some details of the work Facebook’s Connectivity Lab is doing to build drones, satellites and lasers to deliver the internet to everyone.”

2014-03-04

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Danger Room, at Wired: New Jet-Powered Drone Can Kill 1,800 Miles From Home Base.

Switching from propeller-driven drones to jets will allow the CIA to continue its Pakistan strikes from a more distant base, if and when the U.S. is forced to withdraw troops entirely from neighboring Afghanistan.

“Avenger provides the right capabilities for the right cost at the right time and is operationally ready today,” said Frank Pace, president of the Aircraft Systems Group at General Atomics, in a statement. “This aircraft offers unique advantages in terms of performance, cost, timescale, and adaptability that are unmatched by any other UAS in its class.”

Danger Room, at Wired: New Jet-Powered Drone Can Kill 1,800 Miles From Home Base.

Switching from propeller-driven drones to jets will allow the CIA to continue its Pakistan strikes from a more distant base, if and when the U.S. is forced to withdraw troops entirely from neighboring Afghanistan.
“Avenger provides the right capabilities for the right cost at the right time and is operationally ready today,” said Frank Pace, president of the Aircraft Systems Group at General Atomics, in a statement. “This aircraft offers unique advantages in terms of performance, cost, timescale, and adaptability that are unmatched by any other UAS in its class.”

2014-02-05

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BAe Systems promoting Taranis, its new stealth drone. Complete with percussive music, glitch effects, and Northern accents.

As I’ve said before, there’s something impressive about this sort of thing, but the main feeling I get from this video is revulsion, really. Can’t the UK’s high tech manufacturing industry concentrate on something a bit… nicer?

See also One Visible Future, James Bridle’s “research into visibility, legibility, agency, and drones”; iamdanw’s post of footage of the Taranis first flight.

(Source: youtube.com)

2013-12-11

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A toy drone, specifically from the Mega Bloks Call of Duty construction set Dome Battleground. From the site:

For ages 14 and up.

Features:

  • Buildable Dome Battleground 12L x 11W x 13H inches with two levels of display, rotating domed satellite dish, cage sniper areas, machine gun turret, and a flag
  • Master Sergeant Sandman, and two super poseable micro action figures
  • Includes 31 highly detailed, interchangeable accessories and weapons like removable combat vests, binoculars, entrenching tool (E-Tool), laptop, walkie-talkie, flashlight, canteen, ammo pouch, combat knives, and more!
  • Buildable drone with rotating propeller engine, and care package to store accessories and weapons

2013-09-26

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paglen:

An RQ-170 “Sentinel” drone recently seen above Creech AFB in Nevada. I didn’t realize these things were being flown around in the open. This is the same type of drone that came down over Iran in late 2011. 

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An RQ-170 “Sentinel” drone recently seen above Creech AFB in Nevada. I didn’t realize these things were being flown around in the open. This is the same type of drone that came down over Iran in late 2011

2013-07-27

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Ex-secret drone base by vruba on Flickr:

This base was first discussed in a popular forum by this Danger Room article, but it was big enough to show up clearly in free public imagery like Landsat; it’s entirely possible that random people already knew about it. Basically true color, but with a little extra weight on the red.

Ex-secret drone base by vruba on Flickr:

This base was first discussed in a popular forum by this Danger Room article, but it was big enough to show up clearly in free public imagery like Landsat; it’s entirely possible that random people already knew about it.

Basically true color, but with a little extra weight on the red.

2013-07-18

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Neymar goal filmed by Brazilian air force drone - a video at the Guardian, from SNTV, via onevisiblefuture.

Neymar goal filmed by Brazilian air force drone - a video at the Guardian, from SNTV, via onevisiblefuture.

2013-06-24

2013-05-20

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glitchnews (via slavin):

The US Navy launched an unmanned drone from the flight deck of an aircraft carrier for the first time. The Navy hopes the experimental aircraft will pave the way for a new line of drones that could carry out bombing raids from a carrier, heralding a new era of unmanned naval aircraft.

glitchnews (via slavin):

The US Navy launched an unmanned drone from the flight deck of an aircraft carrier for the first time. The Navy hopes the experimental aircraft will pave the way for a new line of drones that could carry out bombing raids from a carrier, heralding a new era of unmanned naval aircraft.

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