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Boeing Tests Drone Capable of Unmanned Flight for Days

Drone designed to stay in the air for days

(Newser) - Drone technology took another leap on Friday, with Boeing's first test flight for the Phantom Eye, a huge, hydrogen-powered spy craft capable of staying airborne for days at a time. In its first test flight, the Eye only stayed aloft for about 28 minutes, however, circling around Edwards Air... More »

Iran: We're Copying US Spy Drone

Iran military claims to have reverse-engineered drone

(Newser) - A senior Iranian commander says the country has reverse-engineered an American spy drone captured by Tehran's armed forces last year and has begun building a copy. Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, who is chief of the aerospace division of the powerful Revolutionary Guards, was quoted today by the semi-official Mehr... More »

Satellites, Drones Spy on Europe's Farms

EU using eyes in the sky to spot subsidy fraud

(Newser) - Satellites and spy drones are scanning farmland in the European Union, and their findings can lead to something nearly as damaging as an air strike: a subsidy cut. The EU spends billions every year in farm subsidies, and eyes in the sky are increasingly being used as a tool to... More »

US Looks to Grant Drones Airspace—Next to Your Plane

Civilian law enforcement and others increasingly want flying robots

(Newser) - Drones aren't just for Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, or Somalia anymore—they're coming to the good old US of A. The Senate sent a bill to President Obama yesterday that would require the Federal Aviation Administration to come up with rules to safely regulate domestic drones, USA Today reports.... More »

Human Rights Groups Need Drones

They don't have to be just flying assassins

(Newser) - Drones have transformed warfare, but they're "not just for firing missiles in Pakistan," anti-genocide activists Andrew Sniderman and Mark Hanis argue in the New York Times . Their radical proposal: Human rights groups should be buying drones, and using them to keep an eye on brutal governments. Imagine... More »

Sorry, Kids: Iran Bans Barbie

But luckily, a replica of the downed US stealth drone will be on sale soon!

(Newser) - As the US tries to crack down on Iran , Iran is doing some cracking down of its own—on that oh-so-American symbol, the Barbie doll. The country's morality police have begun enforcing a Barbie ban issued in 1996. (Authorities blasted the doll's "destructive cultural and social consequences"... More »

29% of Drone Pilots Are Burned Out, Exhausted

Air Force points to three reasons for the stress

(Newser) - Drones may be unmanned, but they're not pilot-less, and many of those pilots are having a pretty rough time. NPR reports on a new Pentagon study, commissioned by the Air Force, that looks at the mental toll that fighting "remote-controlled war" takes, and the stats are somewhat disheartening.... More »

US Drone Crashes in Seychelles

Unmanned Reaper overshoots runway

(Newser) - Another American spy drone has crashed, but unlike the one in Iran , recovering this one posed no problem for the US military. The unmanned Reaper drone crashed at an airport in the Seychelles after a routine anti-piracy patrol over the Indian Ocean, the AP reports. Officials say the drone developed... More »

US to Iran: Give Us Back Our Drone, Please

But Obama, Clinton don't seem to be holding their breath

(Newser) - Red-faced American officials have requested that Iran return a crashed US drone —the one apparently paraded before Iranians and stripped of whatever secrets it was carrying. "We have asked for it back. We'll see how the Iranians respond," said President Obama in the first confirmation that... More »

Iran General: We're Not Returning Drone

US officials won't say whether drone shown on TV is American

(Newser) - Iran has no plans to give back the US drone it claims to have, according to top general Hossein Salami. "No nation welcomes other countries' spy drones in its territory, and no one sends back the spying equipment and its information back to the country of origin," Salami... More »

Iran Shows Off Downed Drone

US officials worried they'll be able to glean technology from it

(Newser) - Iran backed up its boast that it had downed a US spy drone by showing it off on state-run TV today, giving viewers a good long look at the aircraft while Revolutionary Guard Aerospace commander Amir Ali Hajizadeh cooed over it. "Military experts are well aware of how precious... More »

Crashed Drone Was Part of Fleet Spying on Iran

US considered a retrieval mission, but decided against it

(Newser) - The CIA drone that was lost in Iran over the weekend is part of a fleet that has been spying on Iran for years, US officials tell the AP . The US has a number of stealth aircraft at a base in Shindad, Afghanistan, as part of an effort to establish... More »

Crashed Drone Could Spill Our Secrets

Officials say it was on a CIA mission

(Newser) - The drone that crashed in Iran this weekend was on a CIA mission, US officials say , and some now fear that it may reveal US secrets to Tehran or its allies, China and Russia. The RQ-170 Sentinel drone—the same type used in the Osama bin Laden raid—features sophisticated... More »

US Cops Eye Drone Patrols

FAA preparing new rules to allow domestic use of drones

(Newser) - Meet your science-fiction future. Drones may soon be deployed over your sky, courtesy of your local police force. The Federal Aviation Administration is in the process of paving the way for use of the terror-busting devices on domestic soil, reports the Los Angeles Times . And it's not only police,... More »

US Expanding African Drone Network

New bases to target Islamic militants, pirates

(Newser) - The Obama administration is creating an expanded network of drone bases in Africa, which officials say will help the US target Islamic militants in Somalia and Yemen. A new drone base is being built in Ethiopia, and the US is already deploying drones over Somalia and Yemen from its base... More »

Big Brother Drones Are Watching ... Us

Spy planes being used to fight floods, fires

(Newser) - The same kind of unmanned spy drones used to track militants in the badlands of Afghanistan and Pakistan is finding a growing number of uses in the US. Predator drones, already used to patrol America's borders with Mexico and Canada, are being used to fight fires, survey flood damage,... More »

China Scrambling to Build Its Own Drones

The rest of the world is eager to catch up to US

(Newser) - The showstopper at this year’s Zhuhai air show in China doesn’t need a pilot. Visitors were shown a video of the WJ-600 drone finding and transmitting targeting info on something that looked suspiciously like a US aircraft carrier near an island that looked suspiciously like Taiwan, the Washington ... More »

New Drones Stalked bin Laden for Months

Flying at a high altitude, they were able to evade radar

(Newser) - For months prior to the May 2 raid that killed Osama bin Laden, the CIA was flying dozens of secret missions in Pakistani airspace using a new stealth drone to monitor his compound. The sophisticated aircraft, designed to fly at high altitudes, evaded radar detection and went beyond the bounds... More »

Colombia Has Been Using US Drones Since 2006

Planes have been used to fight drug traffickers, terrorists

(Newser) - US spy drones have been in the skies over Colombia scouting for drug traffickers and guerrillas since 2006, a newly released State Department cable reveals. The drones were initially sent out to “support hostage rescue efforts,” reads the cable from the then-ambassador to Colombia, “But it promises... More »

US Drones Quietly Spy on Mexico Drug Lords

Flights kept hush-hush because they're probably illegal

(Newser) - The Obama administration has begun sending high-altitude spy drones deep into Mexican territory to keep an eye on the movements of drug traffickers, the New York Times reports. The information is intended to be shared with Mexican law enforcement, and Felipe Calderón formally agreed to the flights in his... More »

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