So everyone's buying a drone these days (but me LOL, I'm still droneless) but we also keep reading about the battle for the skies – and now it seems we're battling not only man, but nature!
I still have plenty of concerns about the future of drones… while things like filmmaking and TV news reporting and police/medical rescue use seem to make a lot of sense, I'm still bothered by the prospect of Amazon (and others) saying they're potentially going to start delivering packages with drones. I mean really, do we need birds knocking packages out of the sky? And what if that package hits someone in the head or causes car crashes etc.?
Time will tell but what do you think will be our future?
Is there a joke in there somewhere about wedgies? HA!
Wedge-tailed eagles do battle with mining giant's drones, knocking nine out of sky
Ten UAVs have been lost since South Africa's Gold Fields, the world's seventh-biggest gold producer, began operating the Trimble UX5 systems at its St Ives operations near Kambalda.
The original video
And what happened after:
One crashed as a result of human error, while nine have been taken down by wedge-tailed eagles, which are known to have wingspans more than twice that of the 1-metre-wide UAVs.
The UAVs are constructed from foam and carbon fibre, and fly at an altitude of about 125 metres, reaching speeds of up to 92km/h.
Razor-sharp talons have turned the wedge-tailed eagles into what St Ives Mine surveyor Rick Steven calls “the natural enemy of the UAV”.
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