As Major League Baseball’s top players took the field at the All-Star Game in Minneapolis in July, a covert radar system scanned the sky above the 40,000-seat stadium for what security experts said was an emerging threat to public safety: drones.
We’ve all been there before. It’s late at night, you’ve had a couple cocktails, and you want to pull out the ol’ drone for a spin. You know, night piloting. Then, before you know it, a tree jumps right into your quadcopter’s path, and it has crashed onto a nearby lawn in the dark.
The owner of a small drone that crashed at the White House earlier this week is blaming technical problems with the DJI Phantom quadcopter for the apparent mishap, though the creator of the device says it’s “highly unlikely” the device malfunctioned.
Early Monday morning, the drone’s owner, who asked not to be identified, says his friend was operating the quadcopter inside his apartment which is located within 10 blocks of the White House.
The owner, who says he was not at his friend’s apartment at the time, explains it was the unfortunate decision to fly the drone outside the apartment window that initially led to the embarrassing run-in with the U.S. Secret Service. But a glitch with the quadcopter’s controls, known as a “flyaway” to drone operators, is also to blame, the owner added. Moments after the drone was flying outside of the building, it inexplicably zoomed off in an easterly direction toward the White House, the owner said.
North America’s largest consumer drone manufacturer is on a mission to take learning and scientific exploration to new heights. 3D Robotics (3DR) today launched its new DroneEDU program, offering free and discounted drone hardware, along with sponsorships, classroom support and partnerships, to assist students, teachers and schools in deploying unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for advanced learning and exploration in STEM disciplines.