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Trump on Drone: 'I Find It Hard to Believe It Was Intentional'

President says a rogue commander is likely to blame, rather than top leaders

(Newser) - Another day, another ratcheting up of the tension between the US and Iran. What's not in dispute is that Iran shot down an unmanned American drone over the Strait of Hormuz. Both sides disagree on a crucial point, however: Iran says the drone was over Iranian territory, while the... More »

Iran: Shooting Down Drone Sends 'Clear Message' to US

General says US drone shot down in Iranian airspace

(Newser) - An ominous development in the Middle East: Iran says it shot down an American "spy drone" Thursday, allegedly after the aircraft entered Iranian airspace. Iran's Revolutionary Guard says the drone was shot down over the Kouhmobarak district in the southern province of Hormozgan, near the Strait of Hormuz,... More »

This Is One of the Best Drone Deliveries Ever

In a first, a hospital receives a kidney needed for transplant

(Newser) - The University of Maryland Medical Center received a historic delivery at its Shock Trauma heliport last week: a human kidney, delivered by drone. The first-of-its-kind delivery was made by the LG-1,000, a 50-pound drone created by the university's School of Medicine specifically to transport organs, CBS Baltimore reports.... More »

'There Is No Better Proof to Deny Holocaust Denial'

Burial sites in countries where the Holocaust decimated Jewish populations mapped

(Newser) - A private organization that wants to preserve thousands of old Jewish cemeteries in Europe is using aerial drones to map burial sites in countries where the Holocaust decimated Jewish populations that existed before World War II. The European Jewish Cemeteries Initiative said Tuesday that teams of drone operators plan to... More »

Drone Shot Down as It Searched for Missing Dog

Long Island man was arrested over odd incident

(Newser) - A drone being used in the search for a missing dog ran into trouble Saturday in the form of a bullet. Police say Gerard Chasteen, 26, of Long Island, fired three shots from his yard to bring down the device as it was flying over his house. Missing Angels-Long Island... More »

More Drone Problems, This Time in Newark

Flights suspended at Newark Liberty International Airport after drones spotted nearby

(Newser) - Federal aviation authorities stopped flights from flying into and out of Newark Liberty International Airport due to reports of drones spotted above nearby Teterboro Airport, the AP reports. Multiple news reports cited the Federal Aviation Administration as saying drones were reported about 3,500 feet over Teterboro on Tuesday. Takeoffs... More »

Drone Closes World's 2nd Busiest Airport

London's Heathrow temporarily stops flights

(Newser) - London had another airport-drone mess on its hands Tuesday, but this time the problem was much bigger. Heathrow Airport stopped all departing flights for roughly an hour because of a drone sighting, reports the BBC . A rep for the airport described it as a "precautionary measure." Last month,... More »

Gatwick Cops: Some of Those Drones Could've Been Ours

Chief constable says that 'there could be some level of confusion'

(Newser) - Remember the drone sightings that shut down Gatwick Airport for 36 hours and required military intervention to reopen it ? Well, it's possible that some of those sightings were of Sussex Police surveillance drones, the department's chief constable now says. "We will have launched our own Sussex... More »

Gatwick Officially Out of Suspects in Drone Mess

British cops release man, woman who were being held

(Newser) - British police now have zero suspects in the drone plague that shut down Gatwick Airport after releasing a 47-year-old man and 54-year-old woman who had been arrested Friday and charged with "criminal use of drones." The pair, Sussex Police tell the BBC , cooperated fully and "are no... More »

2 Arrested After Gatwick Airport Drone Chaos

More specifically, a 47-year-old man and a 54-year-old woman

(Newser) - London's Gatwick Airport took strides toward running a full schedule Saturday as police questioned a man and a woman in connection with the drone intrusions that caused mayhem for tens of thousands of holiday travelers. Police said Saturday the suspects are a 47-year-old man and a 54-year-old woman from... More »

Military Deployed to Reopen Drone-Plagued Airport

UK transportation secretary calls disruption 'a new kind of attack'

(Newser) - After 36 hours of chaos caused by a rogue drone —or drones—flights resumed from London's Gatwick Airport early Friday, but the drone operator is still at large. Authorities at Gatwick say the runway was reopened and arrivals and departures resumed after the police and military introduced "... More »

Drone Sightings Cause Nightmare at UK Airport

London's Gatwick Airport has largely been shut since Wednesday night

(Newser) - It's not clear whether the motive was mischief or something more sinister, but somebody has managed to cause massive disruption at one of Europe's busiest airports by flying drones close to the runway. At least 10,000 passengers at London's Gatwick Airport were affected starting Wednesday night... More »

5 Years After Bezos Prediction, No Amazon Drones

It's not clear if plan will ever become reality

(Newser) - Jeff Bezos boldly predicted five years ago that drones would be carrying Amazon packages to people's doorsteps by now. Amazon customers are still waiting. And it's unclear when, if ever, this particular order by the company's founder and CEO will arrive. Bezos made billions of dollars by... More »

It's Not Pretty When a Drone Slams Into a Plane

Tests out of University of Dayton show what happens

(Newser) - In 2016, a drone came within 200 feet of a plane that was approaching LAX. Disaster was avoided, but what if a collision had occurred? Kevin Poormon with the University of Dayton Research Institute's impact physics division set out to find out. The answer he arrived at isn't... More »

Maduro: 'They Tried to Assassinate Me' With a Drone

Venezuelan leader blames drone strike on far-right plot

(Newser) - "This was an assassination attempt, they tried to assassinate me," Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said in blaming a drone attack Saturday on a far-right plot. As Reuters reports, an explosives-laden drone detonated at a military event in Caracas as Maduro was speaking, leaving the leftist leader unharmed but... More »

Is This the 'Next Generation Firework Show'?

Drones take over Fourth of July celebrations in dry states

(Newser) - The booms of fireworks were missing from various towns in drought-wracked states over the Fourth of July, but that doesn't mean there wasn't celebration in the skies. To avoid the risk of wildfires, towns in California, Colorado, and Arizona turned to drones for entertainment. In Carefree, Ariz., the... More »

Russians Go After US Drones in Syria With 'Fairly Easy' Tactic

They're reportedly jamming the drones' GPS signals

(Newser) - US military drones patrolling the skies over Syria have an operational issue: Russia is messing with them. Specifically, US officials tell NBC News , Russia is jamming their GPS signals, a tactic that seems to have started in earnest on smaller drones a few weeks ago after chemical attacks were suspected... More »

Russia's Postal Drone Program Hits a Literal Wall

First test of delivery system does not go well

(Newser) - Using drones to deliver the mail isn't a new idea, but it's a particularly relevant one in far-flung, snowy Russia. However, it's not one that's going seamlessly, reports Reuters . At a test in Siberia last week, a drone took off with the country's first special... More »

First a Drone, Then a 'Large-Scale Attack,' Then a Downed F-16

Israeli fighter jet shot down after Israel hits Syria in response to Iranian drone infiltration

(Newser) - The Israeli military shot down an Iranian drone it said infiltrated the country early Saturday before launching a "large-scale attack" on at least a dozen Iranian and Syrian targets inside Syria. Responding anti-aircraft fire led to the downing of an Israeli fighter jet, the AP reports. Israel said the... More »

They Were Being Pounded by Waves. Then the Drone Came

'Little Ripper' helped save 2 teen boys in rough surf off Australia

(Newser) - In what the deputy premier of New South Wales is calling a "historic" rescue, two teens were saved from choppy surf thanks to a drone that dropped an inflatable safety device to them—all as it recorded the rescue. The BBC reports that Aussie lifeguards were still testing how... More »

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