Drone Nation

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By 2025 the drone industry will employ 100,000 people and be worth $82 billion globally, according to the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International. That’s impressive considering that the Federal Aviation Administration has effectively grounded the commercial drone business in the U.S. for at least another two years while it studies the impact on safety and personal privacy of countless flying machines in the airways.

Security Drones
Deutsche Bahn, Germany’s railway company, will deploy a fleet of md4-1000 “quad copters” to police its train depots and maintenance yards to protect them from vandals and graffiti artists, a menace that inflicts $10 million in damages annually. Developed by Microdrones in Siegen, Germany, the drone is equipped with a high-resolution, infrared camera and operates in near silence. It can zip around DB property at heights of up to 500 feet and broadcast live footage of what it sees to security officers on the ground.

Catching Poachers
Security officers at India’s Kaziranga National Park recently announced they will operate camera-equipped, unmanned aerial vehicles to patrol the 480-square-kilometer (185-square-mile) reserve. With rhino horns fetching up to $65,000 per kilogram, the poaching problem has quickly spread across Asia and into Africa.

Better Than Goodyear?
In 2012, Rupert Murdoch’s Fox Sports Australia first flew an eight-propellered AUV equipped with an HD video camera around a stadium to broadcast a live cricket match. It did so again this year for rugby. As you can see from the video, the drone gets pretty close to the action—at one point, almost too close.

Drones for News Gathering
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has created the Drone Journalism Lab, and the University of Missouri is running a course called “drone journalism.” (Research institutions have an easier time getting FAA clearance for drone use than mere civilians or normal business operators.)

Protecting the Grapes
In Bordeaux, winemaker Château Luchey-Halde teamed with French aeronautical company Fly-n-Sense to deploy the Scancopter, a €15,000 camera-equipped UAV, to scan its vines regularly for the onset of disease. The Scancopter can fly as low as 1 cm off the ground to take images of the lower-hanging vines and several feet above to capture a detailed aerial view.

Killing Pests
Japanese farmers use Yamaha’s unmanned helicopter, the RMax, to spray precise coats of insecticides on crops. The upside is that less pesticide wafts into nearby fields. As of 2011, the tiny unmanned helicopters were spraying 30 percent of Japan’s rice paddies. Experts estimate that farmers will be the biggest users of drones.

Along the Pipeline
Last autumn, BP ran test flights of a patrol drone in Alaska’s Prudhoe Bay. It flew above and alongside miles of exposed pipeline to determine if there were any signs of vulnerabilities. It’s not easy to monitor the pipeline during the Arctic winter, but a low-flying unmanned drone doesn’t mind the cold and wind.

Special Delivery
The tacocopter was a hoax, but the promise of drone-powered “automated delivery services” is still getting serious attention. San Francisco's ReAllocate.org raised funds a year ago for Project: Blue Sky, which tested the use of aerial drones to make urgent deliveries (think medical supply drops) in harsh climates. Never mind that they tested it at last year’s Burning Man festival; it reportedly caught the eye of entrepreneurs Elon Musk and Google’s Sergey Brin.

For Sale by Drone
Tech-savvy real estate agents used drones to help them sell palatial listings until the feds shut them down. In Australia, though, if you have a mansion to sell, you usually hand the listing to an agent who knows both the market and the finer points of drone real estate photography.

Source: Bloomberg BusinessWeek

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Thu, 06/13/2013 - 12:09 | 3654295 BLOTTO
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When i played COD on Xbox, that was the 1st thing i shot down (UAV) with a rocket launcher.

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 12:17 | 3654324 nugjuice
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Welcome to the surveillance state. Please be advised conversations are recorded for quality assurance and training purposes.

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 12:41 | 3654412 iDealMeat
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What a bunch of bullshit this article is..   By 2025 everyone will already be catalog and monitored in real-time via they're implanted iChip.  And no one will give a shit..


Scratch that..  A small few who still believe in freedom and have kids outside the Matrix will be the justification for the Trillion $$ drone industry..


Gonna be fun to watch too..  They'll be 50 drones all competing for the "target".  Like ambulances today.

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 12:45 | 3654429 Manthong
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What a relief..

I was beginning to think I would never be recognized,

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 12:52 | 3654466 Monedas
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This smacks of the dreaded .... CRONY DRONISM .... we all feared !

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 12:55 | 3654477 Rick Blaine
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So, by "drone" we could literally be talking about a toy remote-controlled plane or helicopter (which have been readily available to the public for literally decades now) with a web cam or some shit duct taped to it????

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 13:27 | 3654581 kaiserhoff
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Where's my damn fly swatter, Leroy?  Leroy...  Good help these days.

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 13:30 | 3654593 krispkritter
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I'd be more worried about the EBT-drones that appear when the replenishment stops. And I anticipate that will be long before 2025.

Scope and Range!

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 13:34 | 3654604 Joe Davola
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Once again, Michael Crichton's prescience shows through:


Thu, 06/13/2013 - 13:51 | 3654660 Manthong
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In this case, Boob Biden had the basic thought train right, but that double barrel aspect needs to yield to a street sweep.

That is how CWis works  mini-guns yada yada..  moar is always better when fending off or scrubbing space.

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 15:22 | 3655099 Herd Redirectio...
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Israel, leading manufacturer of drones...

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 20:36 | 3656597 TwoShortPlanks
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Too many Drones in America and not nearly enough Worker Bees.

What do you think that adds up to?

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 13:37 | 3654612 LeisureSmith
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Learn how to throw a cast net. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOUkj2h2LjI

And you'll be drone-fishing like a pro.

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 17:24 | 3655771 A82EBA
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Thanks for the video, I gotta try that..looks easier

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 13:14 | 3654539 snr-moment
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Cheap junk ones already on sale at Barnes and Noble.  Includes camera.

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 13:28 | 3654587 kaiserhoff
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anthrax aerosol version extra.

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 12:48 | 3654436 smlbizman
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it also appears that a sister industry of shooting down drones will emerge........

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 13:16 | 3654544 cougar_w
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Drone Wars.

No. Seriously. I can easily see someone coming out with a heat-seeking signal-jamming search-n-destroy version of one of these for perimeter defense.

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 12:19 | 3654333 slaughterer
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Thu, 06/13/2013 - 12:24 | 3654354 doomandbloom
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Dont DRONE me BRO!

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 12:31 | 3654370 Joe Sixpack
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Drones are here to stay. Rather than cower in fear, get your own drone. .gov has guns, so should you. .gov has computers. So should you. .gov has drones... so should you. Also, there are counter measures, defenses againsst UAVs.



Thu, 06/13/2013 - 12:34 | 3654384 Pladizow
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"By 2025 the drone industry will employ 100,000...."

How many will it have killed by then and what % will be American? 

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 12:35 | 3654389 Joe Sixpack
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<<1% American.

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 12:20 | 3654338 BlueCollaredOne
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Secondary weapon should always be a shotty.  LRN to killstreak

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 12:10 | 3654297 10mm
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It's all fun and games till ones up your ass as a victim of mistaken identity.

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 12:19 | 3654336 firstdivision
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Banks should use drones with dildos attached to them.  That way they can fuck us 24/7

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 12:59 | 3654491 malikai
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They don't need drones to fuck us 24/7.

But everyone else does..

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 12:20 | 3654340 Awakened Sheeple
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We don't have to worry about mistaken identity. ZHers are first on the list.

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 13:47 | 3654652 LeisureSmith
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The RectumInspector2000 is there to ascertain your identity precisely so that you are not a victim of mistaken identity. Just spread your cheeks and let it do it's job.

RectumInspector2000...It's form the government and it's here to help.

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 12:11 | 3654299 medium giraffe
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DIY net gun.  All Your Drone Are Belong To Me.



Thu, 06/13/2013 - 14:00 | 3654691 Matt
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Effectiveness shooting at a moving target 500 feet above you?

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 15:34 | 3655168 zerozulu
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I wonder (in the NWO) why he has a netgun? Just shoot the fucker.

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 12:11 | 3654301 Seasmoke
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I am sure there are a lot of 2 legged pests.

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 12:31 | 3654372 Shell Game
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DNA is soo twentieth century.  Rise machines, rise...

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 12:12 | 3654302 TheEdelman
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Drone Technician job requirements:


Atleast one felony (conviction preferred).

Worked as an Merc within the past tens years.

Does not understand the meaning of "plausible deniability"


Thu, 06/13/2013 - 12:40 | 3654407 CrashisOptimistic
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See this is not how it plays out.

First, pilots are put out of work.  Both on board airplanes, and remote control types, because they will be autonomously programmed.

Then don't plan on repair tech jobs.  They will be cheaper than man hours.  If one breaks, you replace it.

All part of the process of destroying jobs.

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 12:12 | 3654303 francis_sawyer
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"By 2025 the drone industry..."


More 'analog' predicting horseshit by the same types who publish OMB 'projections'...

Here's a prediction:

"By 2025... 100,000 former 'drone' wannabees are picking thru garbage cans wondering what the hell went wrong with their "Orwellian I-Robot Utopia"...

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 12:21 | 3654343 kito
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i hope you are right FS, but what makes you sure of it?? how do we go from here to there (your "there")?................

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 12:35 | 3654387 Shell Game
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Something tells me the coming energy (oil/gas) and commodity (batteries, etc.) supply collapse will put a lot of 'plans' on hold...

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 12:38 | 3654398 kito
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i doubt that would be the catalyst................these drones are getting lighter, smaller and coupled with battery technology, would be very easy to keep in the air for extended periods of time..............................

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 13:00 | 3654492 Shell Game
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Calling bullshit.  Plastic = oil.  Battery tech currently is piss poor and will not break through in time.

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 14:04 | 3654706 Matt
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Batteries and vehicles made out of carbon. Who knows, maybe even the electric motors can be made of carbon. All printed at home using the litescribe function on your consumer DVD burner.



Thu, 06/13/2013 - 17:15 | 3655724 minosgal
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as long as the grid stays up, drones might fly along power lines and 'harvest' electromagnetic energy with a small induction coil.

Bet the power companies would just loooove that

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 12:40 | 3654411 Kirk2NCC1701
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Spock tells me that your gas-guzzling SUV will be 'on hold' long before these gas misers will.  It's you who's headed Into Darkness, not them.  Sorry.

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 12:52 | 3654454 Shell Game
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I welcome the darkness.  I doubt they do.  


By the way, was that post just a marketing ploy for your new movie coming out, Kirk?  ;)

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 13:09 | 3654522 francis_sawyer
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"i hope you are right FS, but what makes you sure of it?? how do we go from here to there (your "there")?"

Well, let me take a wild guess:

- End the Fed

- Stop printing $85 billion a month out of thin air to kick the "coupon can" forward

- recall all military bases, starting with these ones: http://howthehellshouldiknow-wallyworld.blogspot.com/2012/04/so-lets-sta...

- Elect Ron Paul as President [or Edward Snowden for that matter]

- Go on a Bilderberg, or Tri-Lat, or Club of Rome, or CFR witchhunt [that amounts to something]

- Piss in Poppy Bush's lobster bisque

Shit like that...

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 12:12 | 3654304 Anasteus
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By 2025 the drone industry will go to the trash dump of history together with the existing ponzi-oligarchic system.

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