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15 minutes ago, MyPC8MyBrain said:

...pretty soon we will have new airspace layer with traffic controllers to monitor this new segment,

 

Of course - and they'll be government employees, one and all, with generous salaries, enviable benefits and un-sustainable pension obligations on their employer, who is actually us.

 

John

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ATTACK OF THE DRONES

 

"Fears ISIS could use drones for terror bombings in Britain as Government reveals they do same in Syria and Iraq..."

 

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/1519921/fears-isis-could-use-drones-for-terror-bombings-in-britain-as-government-reveals-they-do-same-in-syria-and-iraq/

 

It was just a matter of time.

 

John

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A stanza from a King Crimson song, Epitaph (appropriately) keeps going through my head these days:

 


Between the iron gates of fate
The seeds of time were sown
And watered by the deeds of those
Who know and who are known.
Knowledge is a deadly friend
If no one sets the rules.
The fate of all mankind I see
Is in the hands of fools.

 

I mean...in a post 9-11 environment No One blocked putting millions of Remote Viewing pilot-less vehicles on store shelves all around the world, some capable of carrying 10 lbs or more of C4???

 

..."Fools" seems charitable.
 

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The controls need to be on the deeds of men, and on materials and devices which have no innocent uses in the hands of citizens.  The idea of the government "blocking" truly useful things that are capable of misuse is folly because there are so many of them, and it flies in the face of the concept of human rights.  How much C4 can your boat hold, or your car?  Yes, there are limits on the use of useful things, and ought to be, but wholesale "blocking" of such things is neither just nor wise.

 

John

 

 

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If there is one thing I have learned so far it is that when the government wants to control any facet of our life they will create fear about the subject to get a certain portion of the population to cry out for regulation. 9.9 percent of the time it works.  

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I see a new article on this topic, noting that the time frame of Bezos' prediction of home delivery by Amazon drones has come and gone.  He said four to five years in 2013, I believe.

https://www.apnews.com/e0fcf74b9a9d46d1a7c57463cf6f668c

I note three old threads on this topic, including this one. The other two are...

Amazon delivery drones are coming...
https://mutleyshangar.com/forum/index.php?/topic/11729-amazon-delivery-drones-are-coming/&tab=comments#comment-98892

Amazon really UP to it this time...
https://mutleyshangar.com/forum/index.php?/topic/21904-amazon-really-up-to-it-this-time/&tab=comments#comment-165555

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https://apnews.com/91506a8d547a4c48be3cc7c6e357bc1c

They're now saying "...months...".  Color me skeptical, still. 

I'll be very interested to see where this ends up being offered and what the proclaimed limitations (markets covered, area coverage within each market, WX limitations, time of day coverage, customer procedures at the delivery site, cost, etc.) will be.  I particularly want to see the breadth of items available and the geographical coverage.  There have to be tens of thousands of items available on Amazon that meet the 5 lb. criteria but it will be interesting how many of those will qualify for 30 minute delivery and what the market coverage will be.  

ATC (by AI, in all probability) at the central warehouse where all the drones serving a 30 mile circle will have to come and go should be something to see too.  Each mission will be <= 1 hour so should be a pretty busy little heliport at times.  I expect package loading will be automated, not by ramp rats.

This must be a fairly hefty drone to lift five pounds of payload with a combat radius of 15 miles.  That's going to take some pretty powerful battery packs.  I can't see anything in the new image to give me any sense of scale, but it's interesting that 4 of 6 rotors are 3-bladed and the remaining 2 have only two blades.  I'm sure there's an engineering reason, but it's not obvious at this point.

I'm utterly unable to envision a path to profitability for this, but have to applaud the engineering if they can make it workable from a practical if not an economic perspective.  The hardest part, logistically and economically, in my estimation is always going to be the warehousing and the logistics train to support that unless the items available via this service is pretty limited, i.e. a few thousand SKUs.

John

 

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that would be interesting beehive for sure
as soon as the service available out here; ill have our drone video their drone delivering :D


 

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Found a great YouTube video of a guy who built a device to capture drones.  Not cheap and not something you could do in your own shop unless you're pretty well equipped.  I think the has > $250 just in pipe fittings but it's kind of neat to watch if not exactly practical for everyone.

 

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