Martin reports: "Last weekend (27./28.11.2010) someone broke into the University of Bergen, Norway and stole three Paparazzi-equipped autonomous aircrafts/systems for atmospheric research based on the Multiplex Funjet. The break-in was very precisely targeted to only the systems that had been used in many measurement campaigns. Any information about the disposition of this equipment (e.g. suspicious offer for sale) is highly appreciated.

More detailed descriptions at the site of the Norwegian RC club:"

Video from one of the UAVs on an arctic mission:

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Comment by Ron Jacobs on November 29, 2010 at 5:01pm
That is just so totally not nice. Go get/build your own UAV, you guys. Geez.
Comment by Ron Jacobs on November 29, 2010 at 6:31pm
Hey can we as a community help rebuild their inventory? Donations.
Replacement equipment? They are doing such valuable work with cool tools that we also work with...
Comment by Matt Fisher on November 29, 2010 at 7:50pm
"The break-in was very precisely targeted to only the systems that had been used in many measurement campaigns."

So they only took the planes with integrated systems, nothing else in the entire room?
Comment by T.D. Gonzales on November 29, 2010 at 8:28pm
I think the only thing more annoying is random vandalism. At least when someone steals something they are going to sell it for 10% but if they just destroy it for the fun of it... Someone decided it would be funny to see if they could break a window on every car on my friends street about 6mo ago.

Sorry to hear about the theft. Maybe throwing some security on the systems would be nice, but since their embedded and easy to program it is kind of pointless.
Comment by Russkel on November 30, 2010 at 3:24am
Arrrg that's horrible. I hope those responsible get what they deserve.
Comment by Ørjan Kvalheim Lønningen on November 30, 2010 at 3:43am
oh, hey I live in bergen ...
I shall keep my eyes open

Comment by Mark Colwell on November 30, 2010 at 3:54am
I code in my name & email & phone# in APM, also in uBlox, so it can be recalled for proof of ownership. Hope you find the culprits soon. I worry when I transport my systems that this could happen.
Comment by Martin Mueller on December 1, 2010 at 10:09am
Thanks for all the positive feedback. The university - as a public body - does not have an insurance but there are talks with the university/faculty to allow the geophysical institute to rebuild the planes. If all goes well the impact on the next planned flights in early 2011 will be manageable.

The aircrafts were stored in a lab that had a lot of other valuable technical equipment that was not touched. It confused me to hear that Steve Joyce of had a similar incident in Sweden last summer. Two of their UAV systems were stolen from his house with other valuable equipment also untouched. Not sure if that is directly related but at least remarkable.
Comment by Russkel on December 1, 2010 at 2:25pm
How interesting. Sounds like reselling the stolen goods was not the point behind it.. which would suggest a much more nefarious use. Organised crime, perhaps? Now what use would a UAV be to them... Drug running? Smuggling stuff over a border?
Comment by T.D. Gonzales on December 1, 2010 at 2:33pm
Na it's probably some government checking out new ideas for UAV development. Next time you see them they will be flying around with some rockets taped on and a really cool unit logo painted on the tail.


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