Saw this today:

It's interesting that the article leads with a photo of a hexacopter, calls it an octocopter, and the drone bounty being discussed would reward people for turning in "identifiable parts of an unmanned aerial vehicle whose markings and configuration are consistent with those used on any similar craft known to be owned or operated by the United States federal government".  So, presumably it's nothing to do with multi-rotors or hobbyist craft, but that's what they include a photo of?  Sigh.

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Comment by Thomas J Coyle III on July 17, 2013 at 2:23pm

And to think that this is the same state where Sparkfun holds the AVC!:-)



Comment by ikrase on July 17, 2013 at 2:31pm

This seems... absurd? They have a bounty for people to destroy and then steal Federal property, probably military or federal police property, probably while it's operating in the line of duty? I mean, not quite treasonous, but... 

Comment by HeliStorm on July 17, 2013 at 3:06pm
Yes, lets all shoot skyward at any perceived, "drone." Tbis seems safe.
Comment by HeliStorm on July 17, 2013 at 3:06pm
This...darn phone.
Comment by Oliver on July 17, 2013 at 3:33pm

Well, if any federal drones go missing over Podunk there the AF should send a couple of F-16s to look for them at Mach 2 and 500 ft. AGL. That would liven their silly little game right up. 

Comment by Jonathan Baker on July 17, 2013 at 6:02pm
I suggest a new flight mode for 3.1: Evade/Jink.
Comment by Tacocopter on July 17, 2013 at 6:38pm

Good luck hitting anything. According to the bill, the drone has to be below 1000 feet, and they get a total of three shots with a non-rifled barrel shotgun pellet. I can't see birdshot taking down any coaxial y6, x8 easily. The ladybird and hubsan fliers should be afraid, though. Very afraid.

Am I the only one that will pay the $25 for a drone hunting license if this passes? It will look great taped to my multi.

Comment by HeliStorm on July 17, 2013 at 6:52pm

Who wants in on my new venture? I buy cheap quads, the $30 kind from China, and charge guys $50 for 30 minutes of shooting at them. 

Comment by Tacocopter on July 17, 2013 at 7:00pm

Brilliant. Now we just need to get the Discovery channel season contract in place, I'm thinking for the name, "Big Drone Hunters", or "Droney Shoo Shoo".

Comment by HeliStorm on July 17, 2013 at 7:05pm

I like, "Big Drone Hunters." Let's do this!


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