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Mar 26, 2020. 12 comments

This First-Person Drone Flight Is A Masterpiece Of Exhilaration

This First-Person Drone Flight Is A Masterpiece Of Exhilaration

If you’ve ever wished you could fly, really well, you will appreciate Johnny FPV’s super-fast rip around Abu Dhabi. This quick clip has a couple of incredible car shots, but the building and desert flyovers are frankly pretty unreal as well.

Johnny FPV is, as you might have guessed, a known entity in the drone video world and the work is next-level. You might have seen some of their...

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Kyle Mizokami Kyle Mizokami Nov 21, 2019. 18 comments

The Marines Want To Swarm Beaches With CRABS

The Marines Want To Swarm Beaches With CRABS
Foxtrot Alpha Tech and news from the world of modern defense.

When the robot uprising ends and the beaten remnants of humanity are put on trial, Exhibit A will be the day the Marines invented CRABS. CRABS, or Crawling Remotely-Operated Amphibious Breacher, will be autonomous robots designed to operate in the dangerous surf zone, under hostile fire, dismantling formidable beach defenses with...

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Kyle Mizokami Kyle Mizokami Sep 18, 2019. 23 comments

How Did Drones Take Out 5 Percent Of The World's Oil Supply?

How Did Drones Take Out 5 Percent Of The World's Oil Supply?
Foxtrot AlphaTech and news from the world of modern defense.  

On September 14, some as-yet officially unknown perpetrators launched a complex attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities. The attack was apparently carried out by drones, cruise missiles, or both. It cut Saudi Arabia’s oil exports by half, a big deal considering the country supplies 10 percent of all oil worldwide. Thanks to a...

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Kyle Mizokami Kyle Mizokami Jul 12, 2019. 13 comments

The Totally Unexpected Rise of the Seafood Drone Army

The Totally Unexpected Rise of the Seafood Drone Army
Foxtrot AlphaTech and news from the world of modern defense.  

Researchers in China are looking to Mother Nature for inspiration to design the next generation of drones. Specifically, drones shaped like squid and scallops that would mimic their means of locomotion, allowing some of them to even leap from the water and take flight.

A robotic army of seafood would be of great interest to the...

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Tyler Rogoway Tyler Rogoway Jun 18, 2019.

The Navy Wants To Fight Future Fires With This Gangly Android

The Navy Wants To Fight Future Fires With This Gangly Android

The Office of Naval Research has spent years developing a robot to take on every sailor's worst nightmare — fire aboard their vessel. The bipedal Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot (SAFFiR), has a human form so that it can navigate the tight spaces of a ship. One day it may lead damage teams into shipboard infernos or even get the Captain coffee.

Like so many other emerging...

Kyle Mizokami Kyle Mizokami May 18, 2019. 7 comments

The U.S. Navy’s Next Submarines Will Be Drone-Carrying Super Special Forces Boats

The U.S. Navy’s Next Submarines Will Be Drone-Carrying Super Special Forces Boats
Foxtrot AlphaTech and news from the world of modern defense.  

The Navy’s next tranche of attack submarines will control unmanned undersea vehicles and deploy SEAL commandos, according to U.S. Naval Institute News. The shift reflects the Navy’s broad shift towards big power warfare - think a low-grade war with China or Russia – where unmanned submarines would stalk enemy ships and SEAL...

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Kyle Mizokami Kyle Mizokami May 17, 2019. 23 comments

The CIA Has a Flying Knife Missile That Is as Awful as It Sounds

The CIA Has a Flying Knife Missile That Is as Awful as It Sounds
Foxtrot AlphaTech and news from the world of modern defense.  

The U.S. government has a new, unusual tool in its toolbox of death: a missile designed to kill people not with high explosives but with large, sword-like blades that kill by literally slicing them to pieces. The weapon, nicknamed “The Flying Ginsu” after a brand of kitchen knives advertised in late night infomercials, was...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Apr 27, 2019. 23 comments

Someone Got A New Kidney Delivered By A Drone

Someone Got A New Kidney Delivered By A Drone
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On the morning of Friday, April 19, the first ever organ to be delivered to a hospital by drone was successfully transplanted into a patient at the University of Maryland Medical Center, marking what could be a massively important step forward for medical services.

This is the result of three...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Apr 25, 2019. 18 comments

Racing's Most Advanced Camera-Equipped Drone Is Coming to Talladega

Racing's Most Advanced Camera-Equipped Drone Is Coming to Talladega

We here at Jalopnik have already firmly established that drone cams in racing are objectively Good . But NASCAR is stepping up the game for this weekend’s race at Talladega by introducing the Alta 8, the most advanced and terrifying-looking drone to be used as part of an on-air broadcast.

The Alta 8 is an absurd piece of machinery. It has a five-axis camera stabilization, which basically means...

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Jason Torchinsky Jason Torchinsky Apr 10, 2019. 21 comments

Google Is Set to Beat Amazon to Drone Deliveries

Google Is Set to Beat Amazon to Drone Deliveries

Amazon has been talking about drone deliveries for years now. It seems to be the one thing that Jeff Bezos truly wants, his Rosebud, if you will. That’s why it must really, really sting that rival company Google looks set to be the first to begin real, commercial drone delivery service. Wing, a drone delivery startup owned by Google parent company Alphabet, got approval from Australia’s...

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Raphael Orlove Raphael Orlove Apr 10, 2019. 20 comments

Formula Drift Has the Best Drone Work I've Seen in Ages

Formula Drift Has the Best Drone Work I've Seen in Ages
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Formula Drift is interesting in that it’s just a bunch of cars burning tires going sideways but it’s also the most unrestricted and creative top-level racing series in the country and the most innovative in how it broadcasts, including drone replays in the online livestream . Those shots are pretty low-res when live,...

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Kyle Mizokami Kyle Mizokami Mar 29, 2019. 23 comments

Russia’s Shotgun-Wielding Drone Is the Flying Nightmare You Didn’t Know You Had

Russia’s Shotgun-Wielding Drone Is the Flying Nightmare You Didn’t Know You Had
Foxtrot AlphaTech and news from the world of modern defense.  

One of Russia’s largest defense contractors has received a patent for, of all things, a shotgun-wielding flying drone. A video uploaded to YouTube shows the drone, which sounds like a chainsaw, blowing away flying targets before making a landing. Whatever bright days you thought lay ahead for humanity, the future is full of things...

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Justin T. Westbrook Justin T. Westbrook Dec 20, 2018. 19 comments

Drone Grounds Flights at Gatwick Airport in 'Deliberate Act' of Disruption: Police

Drone Grounds Flights at Gatwick Airport in 'Deliberate Act' of Disruption: Police

More than 750 flights in and out of Britain’s Gatwick airport have been disrupted or cancelled due to the frequent presence of drone flights over the airport, Sussex police are reporting. Authorities say the majority of more than 110,000 holiday travelers will be disrupted.

Local police reported industrial-style drones have been frequently flying over the Gatwick runway, shutting down...

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Raphael Orlove Raphael Orlove Nov 29, 2018. 16 comments

Audi and Airbus' Idea of the Future is Modular Drone Taxis

Audi and Airbus' Idea of the Future is Modular Drone Taxis

The idea is that you have one cabin that can be transferred from a flying drone to a driving car, completely autonomously. Involved in the project are Audi, Airbus, and Italdesign for the Tron-grade looks.

This is just a concept that Audi is showing off at a drone show—Drone Week in Amsterdam—and it’s just a miniature model, working in some degree. It flies, it connects, it drives away.

What...

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Jason Torchinsky Jason Torchinsky Nov 27, 2018.

A Drone Killed Another Drone in the Sky for the First Time

A Drone Killed Another Drone in the Sky for the First Time
Foxtrot AlphaTech and news from the world of modern defense.  

Late last year, but only revealed recently, there was a first that will likely one day be considered historic: robotic air-to-air combat was born, with a U.S. MQ-9 Reaper drone shooting down a smaller, target drone, all without humans physically involved. It’s likely this is just the first example of drone-on-drone violence in the...

Raphael Orlove Raphael Orlove Nov 21, 2018. 21 comments

This Guy Has to Be One of the Best Drone Pilots in The World

This Guy Has to Be One of the Best Drone Pilots in The World
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A few years ago I wrote about how YouTube opened up rallying to the world in a way that it never had before , taking the sport out of forests and onto screens everywhere. I didn’t expect the same of drones and drifting but here we are.

We Are In The Golden Age Of Rally Footage

Rallying is largely the same sport as it...

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Patrick George Patrick George Oct 10, 2018. 16 comments

This Drone-Shot 1,060 Horsepower Corvette Drift Video Is Bananas to Watch

This Drone-Shot 1,060 Horsepower Corvette Drift Video Is Bananas to Watch
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Do you sometimes get the feeling that things are bad and terrible all of the time? Well, they are. But! There are rays of hope and joy that break through the clouds of our misery on occasion. This drone-shot video of Formula Drift racer Matt Field’s 1,060 horsepower Corvette tearing up a mountain road is definitely...

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Ryan Felton Ryan Felton Aug 20, 2018. 22 comments

Feds Investigating What Happened With This Drone Nearly Colliding With a Helicopter

Feds Investigating What Happened With This Drone Nearly Colliding With a Helicopter
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The Federal Aviation Administration is looking into a near-collision involving a drone and a helicopter near Hollywood, Florida, according to multiple reports. And it came damn near close to contact.

A Drone Caused Serious Damage After Crashing Into An Army Helicopter Over Staten...

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Stef Schrader Stef Schrader Jun 01, 2018. 14 comments

Drones Chasing Drift Cars Through The Woods Is The Best Kind Of Madness

Drones Chasing Drift Cars Through The Woods Is The Best Kind Of Madness
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If you’re missing your daily dose of eye candy, the mad Latvian drift filmmakers at Robyworks—with the help of some drone racing friends—are here to help.

This track looks delightfully crazy in its own right with the way it snakes through the trees. Trying to keep up with...

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Michael Ballaban Michael Ballaban Mar 29, 2018. 14 comments

Watch This Government Drone Barf Out Thousands Of Irradiated Moths

Watch This Government Drone Barf Out Thousands Of Irradiated Moths

It’s really just a shorter clip from a longer video about the elimination of pink bollworms, a type of moth, that feed on cotton crops. And that’s kind of boring, to me! But instead just imagine your face positioned right behind that irradiated moth cannon, and then imagine all the nightmares you’ll have from that image.

You’re welcome.

The thinking behind the system is pretty...

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