Unmanned Helicopter MQ-8B Fire Scout Flies off Coast Guard Ship for First Time

The MQ-8B Fire Scout performed precision take-off and landings during a demonstration on the Coast Guard Cutter, USCGC Bertholf (WMSL 750) near Los Angeles, Dec. 5, 2014. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Luke Clayton)

The U.S. Coast Guard, in conjunction with Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) and the U.S. Navy, flew the MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter off the national security cutter (NSC), USCGC Bertholf (WMSL-750), Dec. 5 off the coast of Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu.

A video can be viewed on YouTube at: http://bit.ly/1yTBDSO.

The MQ-8B Fire Scout was controlled and operated from a Fire Scout control station located on the Bertholf by Navy pilots and Coast Guard personnel.

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Why our drone future is for real — someday

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos wants to ship goods using unmanned aircraft. Some are skeptical, others nervous, but drones already are improving the way we live.

Henry Evans, a quadriplegic, can use a drone to explore even though he can't move his body. He controls it with an Oculus Rift virtual-reality headset.Henry Evans, a quadriplegic, can use a drone to explore. He controls it with an Oculus Rift virtual-reality headset.

In 2002, a stroke-like event turned Henry Evans into a quadriplegic, depriving him of almost all ability to move. Eleven years later, a remote-controlled aircraft has given the former Silicon Valley finance officer a new kind of mobility.

“I distinctly remember lying in bed, wanting to go outside, when it occurred to me that I didn’t need my whole body, just my retinas,” Evans recalls. He posted a note online asking for help, and he got it — in the form of a drone. “I flew around my vineyard, tried to land on a basketball hoop, inspected the solar panels on our roof and came in second in a pole-tagging contest. It was the ultimate exercise of free will.”

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Homebuilt Spy Drone Glides into International Spy Museum


A few years back, Air Force buddies Mike Tassey and Rich Perkins got bored, and – as they put it – that usually spells trouble. So the pair set out to test the limits of what’s technologically possible with a home-built drone. With a limited budget and the workspace of a small garage, we’d say they aced it. For a cost of only $6,190, the duo came up with this – the WASP (Wireless Aerial Surveillance Program), a drone capable of hacking into WiFi networks, eavesdropping on cell phone calls, as well as collecting troves of data … all wirelessly. And now the homemade hacker drone has made its way to Washington, D.C., for a spot of prime real estate at the International Spy Museum.

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Charges dropped against man who flew drone over crash scene

A man who was arrested this year after authorities said he refused to stop flying a camera-equipped, remote-controlled device over a crash scene had all the charges against him dismissed today.

But Kele Stanley didn’t get off entirely. As part of an agreement reached between his lawyer, Jon Paul Rion, and Marc Ross, the city of Springfield’s chief prosecutor, Stanley paid $500 to attend a one-day session about drone laws and regulations taught by a Clark State Community College professor.

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