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This is a media curation page for the PIRatE Lab's AARR Program.  We are developing practical, low cost programs to monitor resources in our coastal zone (the land near the ocean and the ocean near the land) with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs aka "drones") overhead and subtidal Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) .  Enjoy!!  
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The US government can’t use DJI drones — but here are five it just approved

The US government can’t use DJI drones — but here are five it just approved | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
Today, the DoD’s Defense Innovation Unit is announcing not one, not two, but five such drones that have been tested, approved, and are now formally available for government use — including two from formerly consumer-focused drone companies Skydio (based in California) and Parrot (based in France).
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Machine Gun Drones Are Proof That We Live in a Cyberpunk Dystopia

Machine Gun Drones Are Proof That We Live in a Cyberpunk Dystopia | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
The Songar drone is a regular unmanned aerial vehicle -- that just so happens to come with a mounted machine gun and 200 rounds of ammunition for riddling targets with bullets from the sky. Here's how it works, and how its aerial targeting capabilities could shape up on the battlefield.
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Set to be sold for military use by the end of 2019.
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College students may be building the army's next UAV

College students may be building the army's next UAV | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
The defense sector has long used university brainpower. Now the next generation of combat UAVs is being sourced from campus brainiacs.
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Free webinar: How can surveillance drones help secure oil fields against security threats?

Free webinar: How can surveillance drones help secure oil fields against security threats? | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
Surveillance drones can help secure oil fields against sabotage, theft and kidnapping which are persistent threats for major oil companies operating in remote and hostile areas...
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Drones hit 2 Saudi Aramco oil facilities, causes fires

Drone attacks claimed by Yemen's Houthi rebels have caused fires at two major facilities run by Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia's state-owned oil giant. Citing an...
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Saudi Arabia: major fire at world's largest oil refinery after drone attack

Drones attacked the world's largest oil processing facility in Saudi Arabia and a major oilfield operated by Saudi Aramco early on Saturday, the kingdom's in...
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Drones of Mass Destruction: Drone Swarms and the Future of Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Weapons

Drones of Mass Destruction: Drone Swarms and the Future of Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Weapons | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
Imagine swarms of undersea, surface, and aerial drones hunting submarines hidden in the vastness of the ocean. Or imagine hundreds of airborne drones
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Modern warfare seems to be evolving with drones as fast, if not faster than civilian use. The power and advantage that AI and UAVs will bring to the millitary use will be astonishing, saving the lives of many service men and women that in other circumstance would parish in active combat. The trade off however is that this same technology that is being perfected to protect and save lives, can be turned around to harm us as well. This begs the question on morality in which, do we allow AI to protect us?  Should we continue on to the path of weaponizing UAVs with various agents not limited to protictiles? The possibility of territorists groups arming a device with biological agents is not farfetch anymore, and the technology on miniturizing a nuclear weapon is advancing in other governments too . These are very concerning questions in my opinion, if we continue to develop this type of warfare technology. 
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PressTV-Reconnaissance drone found in Syria militant redoubt

PressTV-Reconnaissance drone found in Syria militant redoubt | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
Syrian government forces have discovered a reconnaissance drone and a large amount of munitions in the country’s southwestern province of Dara’a.
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3DR and Yuneec Announce Joint Venture Based on Dronecode Platform

3DR and Yuneec Announce Joint Venture Based on Dronecode Platform | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
The new venture, 3DR Government Services, offers a secure, complete UAS solution for U.S. government customers. Berkeley, Calif. – September 5th, 2018 – 3DR and Yuneec, two founding members of the Dronecode software consortium, today announced a U.S.-headquartered joint venture to bring products based on the Dronecode platform to market. The joint venture, which will …
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The U.S. Is Building a Drone Base in Niger That Will Cost More Than $280 Million by 2024

The U.S. Is Building a Drone Base in Niger That Will Cost More Than $280 Million by 2024 | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
Rogue Abram GHD 2.0
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Don't you hate it when people say "wow, what we could do with $280 million"...but man, what we could do with $280 million!
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California Air Guard Drone Helps Authorities Fight Carr Fire

California Air Guard Drone Helps Authorities Fight Carr Fire | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
A California Air National Guard team is serving as a reconnaissance and surveillance unit for response efforts to the Carr Fire in Northern California, providing up-to-date intelligence as service members and civilian firefighters battle the massive blaze.,
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Pentagon Bans Marines from Using COTS Quadcopters

Pentagon Bans Marines from Using COTS Quadcopters | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
The US Marine Corps has shelved several new, small drones – at least temporarily – amid a Pentagon ban and assessment on the cybersecurity of commercial, off-the-shelf, unmanned aerial systems, a service spokesman told USNI News. The USMC has been forced to ground COTS, it has been fielding to infantry units “until the DoD identifies …
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The Navy’s Next Jet May Have Its Own Drone

The Navy’s Next Jet May Have Its Own Drone | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
The next generation Growler electronic attack plane may carry a drone as part of its payload.
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Images of a Chinese UAV helicopter on a Chinese warship –

Images of a Chinese UAV helicopter on a Chinese warship – | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
An image of a Chinese helicopter drone has appeared online. https://twitter.com/RupprechtDeino/status/1278606836124524545 It appears to be for a Type 075 and Type 055 destroyer, the latter of which is a a class of stealth guided missile destroyers meant for the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy Surface Force. The 075 is an amphibious assault ship. The new…
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Are drone swarms the future of aerial warfare? | News | The Guardian

Are drone swarms the future of aerial warfare? | News | The Guardian | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
Technology of deploying drones in squadrons is in its infancy, but armed forces are investing millions in its development
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An Aussie couple is locked up in Iran after an illegal drone flight

An Aussie couple is locked up in Iran after an illegal drone flight | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
An Aussie couple has been locked up in Iran after an illegal drone flight earlier this year. The couple along with another woman is looking a
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London's Heathrow Airport appears to have worked out how to jam drone signals to stop climate-change protesters from shutting down its airspace

London's Heathrow Airport appears to have worked out how to jam drone signals to stop climate-change protesters from shutting down its airspace | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
A video posted by the campaign group Heathrow Pause shows activists about to launch drones near the West London airport. But when they try, none work.
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U.S. accuses Iran of launching drone strikes against Saudi Arabian oil plant

The U.S. is accusing Iran of an attack on Saudi Arabia's largest oil plants, after multiple drones bombed production fields. The attack destroyed the source ...
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U.S. Army wants a new 360-degree counter-drone system –

U.S. Army wants a new 360-degree counter-drone system – | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
The U.S. Army is looking for information on a 360-degree counter-drone system capable to detect unmanned aircraft systems weighing less than 20 pounds. The recently published post on the federal bu…
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New Photo May Reveal Russian Unmanned Strike Aircraft

New Photo May Reveal Russian Unmanned Strike Aircraft | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
A grainy picture that surfaced Jan. 23 on a Russian web site purportedly reveals the Sukhoi Okhotnik-B stealthy unmanned strike aircraft.
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Chinese armed drones now flying over Mideast battlefields. Here’s why they’re gaining on US drones

Chinese armed drones now flying over Mideast battlefields. Here’s why they’re gaining on US drones | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
U.S. sees pressure to loosen restrictions on its drones and their missions.
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The Pentagon’s latest budget is its largest counter-drone budget ever

The Pentagon’s latest budget is its largest counter-drone budget ever | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
To protect its force now and into the future, the Pentagon is set to fund nearly 100 counter-drone technology programs.
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Anti-drone tech is starting to get more robust legs underneath it.
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Venezuela attack shows drones can become assassins. Here's how they can be grounded

The attempt to assassinate Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduras with explosives-laden drones has put the spotlight on technology used to thwart drone attacks.
PIRatE Lab's curator insight, August 6, 2018 10:11 PM
Reality is hard to grasp in governments such as the information-free zones of #Venezuela and #Maduras but I'll given them the benefit of the doubt and say this might have happened.  Funny how much press this story is getting because it has the word "drone" in it.
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Congress looks to gut funding for the Corps’ futuristic sea drone

Congress looks to gut funding for the Corps’ futuristic sea drone | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
The Senate approved $100 million for the MUX drone in its version of the defense bill in June.
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Israel downs Iranian drone, strikes Syria; Israeli F-16 shot down - Israel News - Haaretz.com

Israel downs Iranian drone, strikes Syria; Israeli F-16 shot down - Israel News - Haaretz.com | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
One pilot in serious condition ■ Israel attacks Syrian, Iranian targets in fresh strike ■ Rocket sirens sound throughout northern Israel
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