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    Video: Pirate party crash lands drone on stage being used by German chancellor

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    German chancellor’s drone “attack” shows the threat of weaponized UAVs
    Dutch researchers warn that the next time, that drone could explode.

    by Sean Gallagher - Sept 18 2013, 5:49pm EDT

    Small unmanned air vehicles like this quadrocopter could be turned into swarms of exploding flying robots, and Dutch researchers say there's not much that can be done right now to stop them.
    Dkroetsch
    At a campaign rally in Dresden on September 15, a small quadrocopter flew within feet of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Defense Minister Thomas de Maiziere, hovering briefly in front of them before crashing into the stage practically at Merkel's feet. Merkel appeared to be amused by the "drone attack," but de Maiziere and others on the stage seemed a bit more unsettled by the robo-kamikaze.
    Enlarge / German Chancellor Angela Merkel smiles as a Parrot AR drone comes in for a crash landing during a Christian Democratic Party campaign event September 15.
    EPA
    The quadrocopter, a Parrot AR drone, was operated by a member of the German Pirate Party as a protest against government surveillance and the ongoing scandal over the Euro Hawk drone program—which failed because it could not get certified to fly in European airspace. In a statement, the deputy head of the Pirate Party, Markus Barenhoff, said, "The goal of the effort was to make Chancellor Merkel and Defense Minister de Maiziere realize what it's like to be subjugated to drone observation." The drone was harmless, aside from potential political collateral damage to Merkel's Christian Democratic Party, and the pilot of the drone was released after being briefly held by police. While Merkel smirked off the drone in Dresden, even a small explosive charge or grenade aboard a similar drone would have been catastrophic—and defending against such attacks is difficult at best. Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) researchers from TNO Defense Research, an organization in The Netherlands, recently showed the real risk of that sort of attack, demonstrating that terrorists and insurgents could effectively use current commercial and do-it-yourself drones as weapons in a number of scenarios, including one much like the Dresden event.
    http://arstechnica.com/information-t...aponized-uavs/



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    The hobbyist community is making surprisingly advanced software and controls for auto control drones. Not long ago I heard a business pitch to create a self guided quad copter to patrol property. After setting a few waypoints on a map or GPS coordinates you can just watch the video feed. A few grand for that sort of security is pretty neat. It will only get cheaper.
    “…let us teach them that all who draw breath are of equal worth, and that those who seek to press heel upon the throat of liberty, will fall to the cry of FREEDOM!!!” – Spartacus, War of the Damned

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    Pirate Party was less fun than expected.

    Genuine, willful, aggressive ignorance is the one sure way to tick me off. I wish I could say you were trolling. I know better, and it's just sad.

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    next up: glitter drones. Pie drones!



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