MH370 search results: Nothing. Zero. Nada. Zip. Zilch

The black box has stopped pinging and it is probably lying on the sea floor at a depth that makes it pretty hard to locate. ?No debris. ?No floating luggage. ?No avgas?jet fuel slicks. ?Nothing.

A US Navy deep-sea autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) is scouring a remote stretch of the Indian Ocean floor for signs of the plane, which disappeared from radars on March 8 with 239 people on board and is believed to have crashed in the area.

After almost two months without a sign of wreckage, the current underwater search has been narrowed to a circular area with a radius of 10 km around the location in which one of four pings believed to have come from the black box recorders was detected on April 8, officials said.

“Provided the weather is favourable for launch and recovery of the AUV and we have a good run with the serviceability of the AUV, we should complete the search of the focused underwater area in five to seven days,” the Joint Agency Coordination Centre told Reuters in an email.

Officials did not indicate whether they were confident that this search area would yield any new information about the flight, nor did they state what steps they would take in the event that the underwater search were to prove fruitless.

And so we are left to speculate. ?Perhaps MH370 went down in one single piece? ?That would be the best outcome in terms of being able to locate the plane with side-scan radar.

But if it broke into thousands of little pieces, why aren’t we seeing anything on the surface at all?

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Help please, my livelihood might be under threat

Michael Field has taken a break from writing poorly researched pieces aboutFiji or whispering the same erroneous information into Karl du Fresne’s ear to write one of the most outrageously stupid articles I have seen in a long time.

The headline makes you think that we are under attack from Drones or that a massive accident has occurred as a result of drones.



Far from the alarmist headlines what ewe find upon reading the article is that it’s actually a story using the press to try and protect one blokes own interests. ?Worse he is using his media pals to do it making Michael Field a gun for hire advocating for legislative change to protect his mate.? Read more »

Israel downs Iranian drone

It looks like Israel has shot down an Iranian drone launched and controlled by Hezbollah. The IDF Youtube channel released this video:

An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was identified penetrating Israeli airspace this morning, and was intercepted by the IAF at approximately 10:00 AM.

IDF soldiers are currently searching the area where the drone was downed, in open areas in the northern Negev, to locate and identify the drone.



Drones for hunting? Ctd

? Popular Science

If ?hunters don’t use them then wowsers, tree huggers and animal rights activists will…the problem they?have?though is hunter have guns, and drones don;t fly so well when?multiple?holes are blasted in them:

An animal rights group stopped a planned pigeon shoot over the weekend, leaving the would-be marksmen to shoot down another target: The animal group?s?aerial drone.

A group called SHARK, SHowing Animals Respect and Kindness, went to Broxton Bridge Plantation near Ehrhardt, S.C., on Sunday to video a live pigeon shoot, according to the Times and Democrat of Orangeburg, S.C. The group lofted a small Mikrokopter drone and planned to tape the shoot. Law enforcement officers and an attorney tried to stop the drone from flying, according to the T&D. The group persisted, and apparently the shooters got back in their cars to leave, said Steve Hindi, president of SHARK.

The drone took off anyway, and then several shots rang out. One eventually struck the drone and it spiraled to the ground, to the dismay of the SHARK representatives who were filming it from the ground. The T&D has?video of it here.

Drones for hunting?

? NZ Herald

the Herald had an article about some conservationists using drones for their research.

Hunters will have them soon, with species recognition software. Be bloody handy for hunting quail in Central Otago. Or hunting that elusive 12 pointer.

The researchers hope to use the technology to monitor species such as Maui’s dolphin and sea bird populations, as well as mapping vegetation restoration and the landscape.

“Essentially, it has all the same controls as a full-sized aircraft,” said Professor Brooks.

“But because it’s flying without a pilot on board, you have to programme the on-board autopilot. Then we monitor it from the ground. The autopilot will fly for up to two hours by itself.”

Each flight is treated like a manned one – it has to go through all the standard checks and the Civil Aviation Authority must give permission for it to fly in the airspace.

“And what makes it even more different from a toy aircraft is the camera,” said Dr Bollard-Breen. “It’s a very, very special camera that takes both video and stills and is set up to monitor vegetation exactly the way we want it to.”