1st Drone in Nevada Test Program Crashes in Demo


The FAA has given permission for Nevada to authorize unmanned aerial vehicles to fly. Today there was a ceremony to watch a demonstration flight. During the hand launch the craft did a wing tip stall and landed very rough on its nose a.k.a. crash. 

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Comment by Tiziano Fiorenzani on December 20, 2014 at 12:55am

Every time facing cameras we got same result.... very frustrating. Is seems to me a bad launch, better to use a catapult, more reliable

Comment by Vladimir "Lazy" Khudyakov on December 20, 2014 at 1:49am

Bad plane, not a launch...

Comment by keeyen pang on December 20, 2014 at 3:48am

Looks like the UAV is under power. 

Comment by Acorn on December 20, 2014 at 4:48am
And the rest of us who know how to fly can't get permission.
Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on December 20, 2014 at 6:19am

Yep.  Maybe if they'd been able to test before the test, they wouldn't have crashed.  That plane does look underpowered and heavy.  Doesn't seem like it was even close to flying.

Comment by Gary Mortimer on December 20, 2014 at 6:20am

You can fly if you get an N number like them. (Or not in this case) Bit lower with the nose and it might have worked. Thick trainer type aerofoil on the machine as well I note. I don't think I have seen it anywhere else. Somebody must know who makes it.

Comment by R. D. Starwalt on December 20, 2014 at 7:08am

Yes, the drones are to be feared...if you are in the launch path!

I think almost every other news story showed show a crash/failure. At some point the general public will get over the media based hysteria that has been induced for the last three years.

No need for flying restrictions on objects that don't fly...poor thing was not even close to flight speed.

The news announcer said '...dubbed Magpie...' THIS site says...

The agency is issuing a Test Site Special Airworthiness Certificate to "Magpie," a drone built by the company Sensurion.

Sensurion's website.  They are based in Minnesota.


Comment by Muhammad Al-Rawi on December 20, 2014 at 7:32am
Never never NEVER publicize maidens. Make sure things work before you show them off.
Comment by Muhammad Al-Rawi on December 20, 2014 at 7:38am
Watching it a few more times, it looks like the motor stopped once he threw it.

Comment by Thomas J Coyle III on December 20, 2014 at 8:36am

This is a further confirmation of the old adage: Measure twice, cut once!




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