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  • #16
    Amazon delivery drone=skeet shooting with prizes

    Frankly, I'm against drones flying over populated areas due to the nuisance/aggravation factor. I treasure my time outdoors in a natural environment. Part of that enjoyment has to do with the sounds of nature, birdsong, crickets chirping, wind rustling through the leaves of trees.
    The drones that I've seen, albeit small, medium or large, come with electric motors powering rotors that set up a high pitched whine that slices through and silences natural sound the closer it comes to one's area of auditory range.
    I'm sure that some other folks feel the same way. I think if it gets to be too annoying too often that there will be a movement to alleviate the problem at hand with the most expeditious means.
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    • #17
      Drones are the future. Agencies and companies are investing in them hand over fist.

      Ranchers use them to inspect fences and check the cattle (cheaper than burning gas), power companies use them to check power lines and pipelines...the list of uses is endless.

      They're green, too, so the tree-huggers should approve.

      The day is coming when they will deliver take-out food.

      They're too cost-effective not to use.

      They are much like the early automobiles: blamed for noise and smells, but inevitably a part of the landscape.
      Any man can hold his place when the bands play and women throw flowers; it is when the enemy presses close and metal shears through the ranks that one can acertain which are soldiers, and which are not.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by T. A. Gardner View Post
        I think buying some Estes rockets and an aluminum tube might be more sporting... Build your own SAM system...
        Well you know that many of the larger Estes motors (other brands do as well) use ammonia perchlorate, which is what they use in soiled rocket motors...

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        • #19
          You all understand that sooner or later there are going to be a lot of controls placed on drones. We won't be able to have hundreds of thousand of drone flying free in every direction and at every altitude with out daily pieces falling out of the sky with that still warm pizza.
          "Ask not what your country can do for you"

          Left wing, Right Wing same bird that they are killing.

          you’re entitled to your own opinion but not your own facts.

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          • #20
            "Domestic Drone" - a term synonymous with members of Congress.
            Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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            • #21
              Originally posted by Arnold J Rimmer View Post
              Drones are the future. Agencies and companies are investing in them hand over fist.

              Ranchers use them to inspect fences and check the cattle (cheaper than burning gas), power companies use them to check power lines and pipelines...the list of uses is endless.

              They're green, too, so the tree-huggers should approve.

              The day is coming when they will deliver take-out food.

              They're too cost-effective not to use.

              They are much like the early automobiles: blamed for noise and smells, but inevitably a part of the landscape.
              Actually, drones are not "green" since they require batteries - anathema to the Greenie-Wienies - and power to charge those batteries, you know...from fossil fuels and stuff.

              They are also highly intrusive and likely to get their operators into serious trouble.
              Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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              • #22
                Originally posted by Mountain Man View Post
                Actually, drones are not "green" since they require batteries - anathema to the Greenie-Wienies - and power to charge those batteries, you know...from fossil fuels and stuff.

                They are also highly intrusive and likely to get their operators into serious trouble.
                Good point on the first, not so much on the second.

                Case law from the ultralight craze is already being reaffirmed by the higher courts. The expectation of privacy from vertical observation currently only extends to government searches below 400'.

                And given that Google Earth and other programs routine photograph and make available vertical views there's little legal basis for an expectation of privacy at this late date.

                Once the FAA finalizes altitudes and licensing drones will be as much of the landscape as any other sort of aircraft.

                There's simply too much utility and economic potential in them. Right now the technology is still pretty basic, but it is expanding rapidly.

                You probably remember back when automobiles first came out and farmers would bury saws in the roadway because the cars scared their cattle; people will adjust now like they did back then.
                Any man can hold his place when the bands play and women throw flowers; it is when the enemy presses close and metal shears through the ranks that one can acertain which are soldiers, and which are not.

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