High hopes for drones seeking clues of past crimes

Department 13 volunteers cutting-edge assistance to search for potential evidence in some of the ACT’s long-standing unsolved murders and disappearances. Like something out of a sci-fi film, the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology of Department 13 has the capability to assist in new ways in old investigations. This could include that of 20-year-old Keren Rowland,…
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The Legacy of Afghanistan Is A Future Of Drone Wars

From the perspective of history, the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan may be most significant as the driver of a step-change in drone warfare. In 2000, the U.S. Air Force and CIA did not have a single armed drone; by the end of 2001 drone strikes had become an important tactic against al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. Since…
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Fire From the Sky: The Afghan Taliban’s Drones

  The Taliban have been weaponizing commercially available drones into their arsenal for some time. SAYED KARAM, PAKTIA, AFGHANISTAN —  While the Taliban have since at least 2016 used camera-equipped commercial drones to film propaganda footage, it was, as far as it could be determined, only in early October 2020 that they began to use such…
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Fire at Saudi Arabia oil facility after drone attack

A drone assault on the world’s largest oil-export terminal in Saudi Arabi recently occurred, causing a fire and a brief spike in oil prices. In other reports, a missile was also launched but was intercepted. The incident marks a serious escalation in the country’s rebel attacks from the air. Approximately six drones struck the oil…
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Prisons struggle to swat drug-smuggling drones

Prison authorities are fighting off an aerial invasion by drones being used to smuggle drugs and other contraband into Victorian jails while the system has been in lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic. The airdrops, containing packages of pharmaceutical-grade narcotics and street drugs such as heroin, have kept the jailhouse drug market alive after a ban…
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Coronavirus: Funding for drone firms helping to deliver COVID-19 tests and supplies

As social distancing continues, drones can offer a safe and environmentally friendly solution for delivering medical supplies. Drone companies developing methods to deliver COVID-19 tests and personal protective equipment (PPE) to hospitals and rural communities are to receive a share of government funding. Twenty projects in the UK will benefit from the £7m package which…
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