Tag: Drone

Cow eats FPV plane

Cow eats FPV plane

November 22, 2013 0:10 | By | Add a Comment

A Bixler FPV plane lands in a paddock, after which the cows make short work of it. Obviously bovines don’t appreciate the finer details of FPV flight. Either that, or they don’t like the Bixler plane 😉

Source: Liveleak

Syrian rebels claim to have downed Syrian Army Drone

Syrian rebels claim to have downed Syrian Army Drone

November 15, 2013 14:57 | By | Add a Comment

The “Free Syrian Army” has apparently downed a drone operated by the Syrian Army. And while you might scoff at this drone being just a DJI Phantom, at the very least it’s indisputably a much more cost effective system than what some other governments spend fortunes on.

Allegedly, the drone was brought down by signal interference. Considering the sometimes spotty RF link performance of the DJI Phantom, that’s not too hard to believe. Still, it makes a lot of sense to use such COTS RTF Drones instead, especially when on a budget.

pb-131113-syria-drone-01.photoblog900

More pictures after the break, showing the massive amount of damage to the city of Homs. And regardless of what side one considers themselves on, this is a very interesting, and horrifying birds-eye look at what war looks like these days.

Read more and comment

French Railroad Company SNCF tests Quadcopters for inspection work

French Railroad Company SNCF tests Quadcopters for inspection work

November 14, 2013 14:17 | By | Add a Comment

In a completely unexpected turn of events, SNCF joins the many businesses discovering mini UAVs for inspection work. In this case, SNCF commissioned the french inspection company Diades to use a custom built quadcopter for inspecting TGV railway bridges – without interrupting the train schedule.

More interestingly, the quadcopter in use is a custom construction using a geared brushless motor system and a heavy 4kg rigid frame, offering 20 minutes of flight time and a maximum range of just 200 meters, apparently. It does have a decidedly french look to it, at least.

Cost: 500 Euros. Just kidding, that’s the “running cost per hour”. Allegedly this thing costs over EUR 100.000.-

Considering that you can get a GPS-ready drone with similar flight times and complete autonomous functionality for a bit over USD 200 .- the SNCF drone is unlikely to take the world by storm.

Video and photos after the break.

Read more and comment

RC flying threatened by laws across the globe

RC flying threatened by laws across the globe

February 25, 2013 15:19 | By | 4 Comments

FPV and RC model flying as a hobby are under attack by new legislation which is being introduced around the globe right now. Read up on some examples and draft proposals after the break.

Read more and comment

“Black Hornet” mini-drone wows people who never taped a keychain cam to a RC helicopter

“Black Hornet” mini-drone wows people who never taped a keychain cam to a RC helicopter

February 5, 2013 20:20 | By | Add a Comment

Is it a toy? Is it a RC model? No, it’s a $200.000 drone for the military! Read on how these ebay toys suddenly look like even more of a steal.
Read more and comment