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What Really Killed Terrorist Mastermind Mohamed Atef?

William Arkin, recently of Gawker, has had a long career of attempting to tell some of the hardest stories there are tell, and his new book Unmanned: Drones, Data and the Illusion of Perfect Warfare is no different. In it, Arkin takes the reader on a voyage through the shadowy and often misunderstood world of unmanned… » 8/03/15 9:00pm Yesterday 9:00pm

A car and drones spinning around in a circle is a fantastic light show

Here’s a really cool video that’s a little bit trippy and a lot of bit fun. A car and a fleet of quadcopter drones are outfitted with lights and then made to dance and spin and move around while a camera captures them. It’s light painting but with a car and drones as the paintbrush. » 8/01/15 10:27am Saturday 10:27am

Can A Home Drone Kill You? The Mythbusters Test With A Chicken Says Yes

Tonight’s episode of Mythbusters, Flights of Fantasy features two very different types of flying machines: drones and a Lockheed U-2 spy plane. Show hosts Adam Savage and Jaime Hyneman took a couple of minutes to chat with us about the episode and the rest of the newly-rebooted season of the show. » 7/26/15 9:20am 7/26/15 9:20am

This Video Says Goodbye To The QF-4 Phantom Drone In Awesome Phashion

The F-4 Phantom has flown for U.S. forces for 55 years, serving for the last couple of decades strictly in the Full Scale Aerial Target (FSAT) drone role. A bittersweet mission that saw the optionally manned jets relegated to flying for a few hundred hours (some much less) before being obliterated during live-fire… » 7/08/15 2:19pm 7/08/15 2:19pm

Watch a F-16 shoot down a drone in the air

Here’s a video showing an F-16 shooting down a drone in the air and popping off flares in a live fire exercise. One day, the drones will probably start fighting back as revenge for all these training exercises but until that day comes, let us enjoy the amazing powerful flying machines controlled by humans that allows… » 7/01/15 9:13am 7/01/15 9:13am

Watch a 10-engine drone transform from a helicopter into a plane

NASA’s Greased Lightning GL-10 is a beast of a drone (it has 10 engines!) that’s the closest thing we have to a Transformer in real life. It can flip itself into a helicopter and then fly like an airplane and then revert back to helicopter mode. It’s awesome seeing the wings tilt back and forth as it changes gears.
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China Tries To Jam U.S. Global Hawks While Busy Developing Their Own

China has reportedly been trying to jam U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk flights flying over the increasingly volatile South China Sea. Meanwhile, they are busy perfecting their own High Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) unmanned aircraft, with new pictures of a twin fuselage design emerging on the internet. » 5/29/15 1:15pm 5/29/15 1:15pm

Russia's Huge "Robot" Firefighting Tank Is Being Put Into Army Service

Russia’s innovative “Special Firefighting Vehicle” is being thrust into operation with the Russian Army. It will supposedly go where no fire truck or human can and will be assigned missions including everything from search and rescue, to putting out fires at weapons depots, to creating fire-lines for forest fire… » 5/26/15 9:23am 5/26/15 9:23am

Is This Proof That The US Air Force Can Aerially Refuel Stealth Drones?

The RQ-170 Sentinel went from “Beast of Kandahar” enigma to Bin Laden-catching fame to crashing into Iranian hands, all in about half a decade. Since then, there have been few photos and little official talk as to its existence. Yet these pictures may prove that the RQ-170, or an enhanced version of it, is capable of… » 5/04/15 3:30pm 5/04/15 3:30pm

Watch this insanely fast drone fly at impossible speeds into the clouds

Holy crap. Once this drone decides to go, it just guns it like a warp speed rocket ship into the air. It’s so fast that I can’t believe it’s real. But Quadmovr has been showing iterations of its super fast drone for months now and everything else in the video seems to be moving at a normal speed so my God, this is… » 4/30/15 11:58am 4/30/15 11:58am

Snowgoose Is The Pentagon's Low-Cost Resupply Drone Of Dreams

In a scene right out of Call of Duty, your special forces unit is surrounded on a plateau deep in enemy territory and your ammo is running low. The area is hot with small arms fire, and even if a helicopter crew were to risk it, there are none available. Not to worry, a CQ-10 Snowgoose stuffed full of supplies is on… » 4/25/15 1:27pm 4/25/15 1:27pm

Why the CIA Is Allowed to Run America's Deadliest Drone War 

“As President and Commander-in-Chief, I take full responsibility for all our counterterrorism operations,” President Obama said at a press conference yesterday about killing an American and an Italian hostage in a US drone strike on Pakistan. What Obama failed to explain: Why the Central Intelligence Agency is allowed… » 4/24/15 3:31pm 4/24/15 3:31pm

Bask In The Awesome Of The Bat-Winged X-47B Sipping Gas From A Tanker

The Navy’s unmanned combat air vehicle demonstrator, the X-47B, not only plugged into a refueling basket trailing behind an Omega KC-707 tanker, but it also sipped gas from it for the first time. This historic mission is slated to be the X-47Bs last in what has been an incredibly successful test program with huge… » 4/22/15 10:00pm 4/22/15 10:00pm

X-47B Demonstrates Unmanned Aerial Refueling For The First Time

The Navy’s X-47B Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle demonstrator has added yet another huge feat to its long list of incredible accomplishments, which includes operating from an aircraft carrier. This time, it has demonstrated the first step in autonomous aerial refueling, plugging into a aerial refueling basket behind an … » 4/16/15 5:18pm 4/16/15 5:18pm

F-16 Pilots Lament Their Predator Drone Flying Fate In This Rap Video

The moral and social ambiguities of fighting a war from inside an air-conditioned trailer and what it means to be a combat pilot are hot issues again as the action drama Good Kill gets closer to widespread release. Yet these F-16-turned-Predator pilots took to their creative side to describe how much they hate their… » 4/11/15 11:50am 4/11/15 11:50am