Drones

The State of Things
11:51 am
Mon November 3, 2014

From Navy Fighter Pilot to Drone Advocate, Meet Missy Cummings

Missy Cummings was one of the U.S. Navy's first female fighter pilots. She now directs the Humans and Autonomy Lab at Duke University.
Credit Missy Cummings

  

Although the word drone may at first evoke an image of a stealth killing machine, the work of Mary 'Missy' Cummings proves drones are much more than that initial thought. 

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Politics & Government
8:48 am
Wed October 1, 2014

New NC Laws On Coal Ash, Drones And Taxes Go Into Effect Today

Under a new NC law, an unmanned aircraft can’t be used for secret surveillance or to take pictures for mass circulation without the subjects’ permission.
Credit Chris Goldberg / Flickr/Creative Commons

A series of laws passed by the General Assembly this summer will go into effect today, affecting areas of construction, pollution and privacy. The variety in legislation reflects the broad reach of the state House and Senate this year.

Coal Ash

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Business & Economy
11:49 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Durham NC Man Among First To Test Paper Airplane Drone

The PowerUp 3.0
Credit PowerUp Toys

A Durham man is among the first in the country to test a new type of drone that can be made out folded paper. The device has a plastic propeller, an attached rudder, and is directed by an iPhone app.

The drone is called the PowerUp 3.0. It was created by Shai Goitein, a former Israeli Air Force pilot.

Goitein took his engineering idea to the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter last fall. He asked for $50,000 and received $1.2 million dollars.

Here's the original concept:

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The State of Things
12:18 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

From The Air Force To The Chair Force

A moment from Grounded, a one-woman show featuring Madeleine Lambert.
Credit Jon Haas

After an unexpected pregnancy, an F-16 pilot gets reassigned to a desk job: flying drones from an armchair in a windowless trailer in Nevada.

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The State of Things
12:12 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

How Easily Can Obama Close Guantanamo?

A Drone (MQ-9 Reaper)
Credit U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson / http://commons.wikimedia.org

Last week, President Obama laid out his strategy for a new phase in the war on terror.  He repeated his belief that Guantanamo Bay should be closed and cited the political reasons for his failure to do so until now. 

Obama also outlined a new policy that scales back the use of drones to kill suspected national security threats.  What are the laws and policies that President Obama faces? 

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Politics & Government
1:19 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Monroe Suspends Plan To Buy Drone

Aeyron Scout drone
Credit creative commons

City council members in Monroe have voted to suspend plans to purchase a drone.  The council voted unanimously last week to shelve the project.  

The city's police department said earlier this month it planned to purchase a drone for $42,000, which would be offset by funds from drug busts.  Mayor Pro Tem Lynn Keziah cited concerns about how the public would receive the project and conflicts with the local company involved.  The council agreed to discuss the issue at a later date.

The State of Things
11:44 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Why Drones Could Be Coming To A County Near You

A MQ-9 Reaper drone.
Credit U.S. Air Force photo by Paul Ridgeway

North Carolina is vying to host one of six national test sites for unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as drones.  The prospect of a burgeoning domestic drone industry in the state has some people excited.  But others are voicing concerns.

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The State of Things
11:56 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Is The Drone War Coming To North Carolina?

A Predator drone on a US Air Force base in 2011.
Credit US Air Force, via Wikipedia

As more domestic law enforcement agencies acquire drones, concerns are increasing about how the unmanned aerial vehicles will be used and regulated.

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