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    Gone to the Birds: China Has Lifelike ‘Dove’ Surveillance Drones



    "The People’s Republic of China has reported been deploying a new type of surveillance drone that can so closely imitate real birds that it fools them when they meet.



    The South China Morning Post reported Sunday on the "Dove" spy bird program, noting that sources told the Hong Kong-based publication that over 30 military and government agencies had used the flying machines.


    These drones don't use propellers to fly — they actually imitate the flapping movements of real birds in order to gain rise and descend and cruise through the clouds. The birds are propelled by a pair of crank-rockers driven by an electric motor. The wings can deform slightly when moving up and down, which together generates not only lift but also thrust to drive the drone forward. Software helps the drone avoid jerky movements, ensuring a smooth, realistic flight that also gives better quality camera footage.

    The drones replicate about 90 per cent of the movements of a real dove, an unnamed government source close to the program told SMCP, noting that the drone was extremely quiet and could not be heard from the ground.

    Each drone has a high-definition camera, GPS antenna, flight control system and satellite data link.

    The Dove program is part of a new initiative to try and replicate the engineering feats of Mother Nature both in order to maximize efficiency and also to avoid detection. These drones can reportedly evade radars, especially if fitted with real bird's feathers.

    SMCP noted the similarities between the drone's weight, size, and vitality with that of real birds.


    However, the drones still have their shortcomings. Song Bifeng, professor at Northwestern Polytechnical University in Xian, noted in an April interview with the Chinese academic journal Aeronautical Manufacturing Technology that the Dove still can't handle strong winds or long distances, can't fly in bad weather, and have no mechanism to prevent them from crashing into things. Their circuitry is also vulnerable to electromagnetic disruption — although the same is true of living, breathing birds.

    Song's associate, Yang Wenqing, an associate professor at the university, told SMCP the scale of the drones' use "is still small," but that it has "good potential for large-scale use in the future."


    Bird-like drones have long been a prize for designers. In China, a robotic bird about the size of an eagle, called "Tian Ying," was developed in 2012, SMCP noted.

    The Drive reported in April 2017 that a crowd-sourced "Bionic Bird" could "fool birds into believing the drone is an avian." It was reportedly capable of 10 eight-minute flights and had a 300-foot range.

    Or maybe simply flying a bird-like drone isn't enough to satisfy your avian fantasies and you want to *become* the bird yourself? the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne University in Switzerland has developed the FlyJacket, a system that lets you fly a drone with a virtual reality headset and exosuit, complete with wings, the Verge reported in April."


    https://sputniknews.com/science/2018...ke-Dove-Drone/



    I wonder how long before we have a "hawk" version ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TizMe View Post
    Some GPS controlled drones handle indoor flying better than others.
    I don't know about the Karma, but I'd never fly my Mavic inside.
    I have flown my Mavic indoors in ATT mode. It is fully manual and one small flick of the joystick and its ricochet off the walls and other items and likely a new set of props

    Honestly If I was going to show inside of a place I'd just use the GoPro and edit the vid to add it to the aerial one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsnub View Post
    Hick how do you like that gopro? I looked into it online and it has mixed reviews at best compared to the Mavics. How is it working for you?
    Hey Snub, FWIIW, GoPro scrapped the Karma drone so I wouldn't buy one as parts and repairs will not happen. I originally liked the idea of using my GoPro Hero 5 on a drone to keep it simple but it has suffered from lots and lots technical issues.

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    Pretty damn good Moscow drone footage.....


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    Very impressive cityscape. Thanks.

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    Today I took a 120km or so moto ride on my Yam R3. Nowadays I always bring along my GoPro and Mavic Pro Drone just in case. As I got near Soem Ngan I stopped as I saw a nice area where farmers were working the rice fields.

    Here is the vid. The Music clip quits about half way through. I'll figure that out later


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    Quote Originally Posted by JPPR2 View Post
    Today I took a 120km or so moto ride on my Yam R3.
    Good vid mate.

    Have you tried any video of the bike using the FollowMe or the ActiveTrack modes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TizMe View Post
    Good vid mate.

    Have you tried any video of the bike using the FollowMe or the ActiveTrack modes?
    Thanks Tiz. I figured out the music add on issue.

    As for the Mavic Pro and Active tracks, not on the moto. I drive waaaay to fast. HAHA

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    Here is small vid clip from my GoPro mounted on my R3 on the little get away where I took the Video.

    This little R3 is a fun little moto and with the Leo Vince GP Titanium exhaust and the PC5 I added. Not eye ball flattening but easy to flip around and nevcer get tired riding it.


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    ^Did the white car on the left at the end cause a twitch? Nice exhaust sound.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    ^Did the white car on the left at the end cause a twitch? Nice exhaust sound.
    Naaaah. I always watch the front wheels of cars on the side of the road.

    Thanks on the exhaust. I have some Map work to do to clean up a slight flat spot at about 7k rpm and a lean condition on a hard deceleration. Short of that it flies right along with really good stability.

    Side note. When I first played back the vid the double yellow line was wobbling. I thought my camera or mount were weird when in fact it was the Thai line road painters that might have a few drinks of Lao Khao...LOL.

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    Fishing for no nonsense, practical advice for licensing a branch office (Alaska = HQ) Ltd. Commercial Drone Company in Thighland (unique advertising for established businesses).


    Working on web presence,......still. *sigh*

    PMs welcome from potential share holders &/or interest in viewing "pilot" site (pun sorta intended).

    Will entertain ANY inquiries regardless of forum relationship.

    Yours truly will be the director.

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    PM sent!!


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    I'd love to have a DJI Inspire, it can accelerate from 0 to 50mph (80kph) in just 5 seconds.

    In all practicality it would get left at home most of the time though because of its size. The Mavic Pro is just so portable.

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    Yeah, so is the Karma

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    May have missed it, but whatever became of that new law / regulation where you're supposed to register yourself and/or your drone somewhere?

    Did that actually become a thing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TizMe View Post
    I'd love to have a DJI Inspire,
    Me too Tiz. Extremely nice drone.

    Quote Originally Posted by TizMe View Post
    The Mavic Pro is just so portable.
    Absolutely why I love my Mavic. It fits perfectly on the back of my Moto. Pull over. yank it out and I can be flying in less than 5 minutes

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    Quote Originally Posted by AntRobertson View Post
    May have missed it, but whatever became of that new law / regulation where you're supposed to register yourself and/or your drone somewhere?

    Did that actually become a thing?
    Yeah Ant all that is still in play albeit the big visibility part has fallen off a lot. I think it's due to 3 reasons.

    1) Idiots stopped flying by airports so they are not making the news anymore.

    2) The novelty of it for most that bought them has worn off and now they sit in people's closets as junk.

    3) Many afraid to fly in fear of being fined.

    I fly mine once or twice a week.

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    Ok cheers for that.

    Reason I ask is that I know someone who actually sold his rather than go through the rigmarole of registering etc. (although I suspect a little of your #2 was in play also) but then I never heard anything more about it.

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    I Just might register the spas, yea, after I sort the rest of this BS out.







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    Quote Originally Posted by AntRobertson View Post
    Ok cheers for that.

    Reason I ask is that I know someone who actually sold his rather than go through the rigmarole of registering etc. (although I suspect a little of your #2 was in play also) but then I never heard anything more about it.
    Silly to sell it actually. Its super easy to register them here. It took me 5 minutes at the local Gov building in Lampang. I suspect the govt had a problem with the volume that got registered and how to manage it. I asked my wife, "so if they are not entering the info in a database how would a cop know in say Rayong that I had registered my drone? The govt is not handing out Drone identification cards. I did take pictures of the forms submitted with the Govt stamp.

    I personally think the drone deal will be handled like all the other gov type stuff. If observed and someone actually notices or cares, it will be handled with "on the spot" fines and move on. Honestly when I fly my drone most folks are actually quite interested in it and I always show them. Keeps a positive situation instead of some Cloak and Dagger I am spying on you deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rusty Rebar View Post
    I wasn't wondering about how Bangood ships, I get stuff from them occasionally, it comes to my door.
    I was wondering if customs would interfere because its a drone and they brought in some rules about drones.
    Just to update, I did order the drone and customs did get involved. Now I got get some paper from the post office and bring it to customs.
    I have ordered stuff from Bangood several times, including a cheapo drone a couple of years ago and it all just showed up at my house. I wonder what the difference is? I wonder how much this will cost me?

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