Hexa-copter found after failed attempt of delivering cell phones to inmates of a Brazilian penitentiary

http://noticias.uol.com.br/cotidiano/ultimas-noticias/2012/05/30/mi...

Says that roadside cleaning workers found a abandoned hexa-copter near a penitentiary (in  Presidente Venceslau, São Paulo state, Brazil), loaded with 3 cell phones with chargers and 3 saw blades (amateurs!). Probably was an attempt to deliver the cell phones to inmates (cell phones are very forbidden in Brazilian penitentiaries). Previous attempts involved pigeons with small backpacks, bows, arrows, and more.

No good news. I can already hear our precious politicians discoursing against hexacopters (and pigeons, and bows, and arrows,...).

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Comment by Ellison Chan on May 31, 2012 at 1:41pm

Did they really use a DJI Naza, or was that just a convenient picture you had?

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on May 31, 2012 at 2:07pm

I saw something just the other day with somebody trying to fly a small helicopter into a jail in the UK...  And so it begins.

When it's criminal to own an Arducopter, only criminals will have Arducopters!  ;)

Comment by ernani reis on May 31, 2012 at 2:56pm

was not a photo I had, photo is from the news.
Says also, that "had a small camera", probably a FPV setup.

Comment by Ellison Chan on May 31, 2012 at 4:07pm

Jason, I bet the attempt would not have failed it they were using APM. ;-)

When you've tried APM, you forget the rest of 'em.  Btw, I got my Naza flying properly.

Comment by Robert Sinclair on May 31, 2012 at 5:36pm

Wow that's got to be several hundred dollars worth of UAV equipment.  Why would someone throw that much money at something then just leave it at the side of the road...


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Comment by Randy on May 31, 2012 at 6:46pm

@Robert S,

     I'll bet they just couldn't find it.  No Return-to-launch functionality when they got into trouble perhaps.

     It begs the question, was this the first attempt?  Were they successful in previous attempts?  I guess only the criminals know.

Comment by ernani reis on May 31, 2012 at 7:52pm

probably a dead battery, they could have picked a base too far away or the day was too windy, or they were surprised, ditched and fled. many possible scenarios.


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Comment by Gary Mortimer on May 31, 2012 at 11:19pm

Its happened in the UK and the US already with standard RC heli's they are crashed into yards whatever is quickly taken and then the guards get the wreck. Hands up all those that now understand why regulations for UA flight are high on the agenda.

Comment by ikrase on June 1, 2012 at 12:22am

Also probably they fled the scene to not be arrested. 

Comment by Marooned on June 1, 2012 at 2:58am

Like a year or two ago I was wondering how many drones are flying across Mexico/US border with different cargo... Practically invisible by radars, fully automatic with GPS onboard. Perfect carriers without a trace who started it. I guess the "right guys" needs a system to track them down.

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