September 11, 2018

When you think of a drone, you almost certainly think of a quadcopter or multicopter – with four or more propellers providing vertical lift from each corner and an on-board processor which keeps the machine broadly level.  These can move with surprising speed simply by leaning slightly off the horizontal so a small proportion of the […]

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A U.S. Air Force MQ-9 Reaper drone takes off from Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan March 9, 2016. PHOTO:REUTERS WASHINGTON DC: The Central Intelligence Agency of the United States is set to launch covert drone strikes against suspected Al-Qaeda and Islamic state militants from a base in northeastern Niger, the New York Times reported. Nigerian and US officials […]

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Drones are changing photography, but they’re also making it easier and cheaper to perform surveillance, monitor fields and crops, and inspect infrastructure. The problem is that most drones, even ones used in these commercial and industrial settings, wind up facing the same big problem: short battery life. California-based startup Impossible Aerospace says it’s figured out […]

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The New York Times reports that the CIA is expanding its presence at a recently established drone base at Dirkou, Niger, an oasis town in the Sahara that has a small airport. Over the past two years, the U.S. military has been building another drone base in Agadez, central Niger, to conduct reconnaissance. It will […]

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The U.S. Navy’s new MQ-25 Stingray aerial-refueling drone bears an uncanny resemblance to an experimental U.S. military plane from the late 1970s. And that similarity could point to the way for the Stingray’s potential evolution from a tanker into a stealthy surveillance and strike aircraft. On Aug. 30, the Navy awarded Boeing an $805-million contract […]

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The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency’s drone program in Africa is expanding and will target concentrations of al-Qaeda and ISIS in the Nigerian desert, the New York Times said Monday. RELATED:  ‘Bullying’: US Closes Palestinian Mission Office in Washington Just south of the Libyan border, a covert military base in Duque has been deploying fleets of […]

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