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Drone flies over MANCI rec yard with inmates outside


Lou Whitmire

MANSFIELD – A drone flew over Mansfield Correctional Institution on Wednesday afternoon while inmates were outside in the recreation yard.

A spokeswoman at MANCI said the incident remains under investigation. No further details are being released at this time as to whether any contraband was dropped in the yard. However, the yard was cleared and a search conducted.

The Mansfield post of the Highway Patrol was contacted at 5:12 p.m. but did not respond to the incident the prison on Ohio 13 North, which occurred roughly after 3 p.m.

“We have had other instances of unmanned aerial systems breaching security,” said JoEllen Smith of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.  “The agency’s top security administrators are taking a broad approach to increase awareness and detection of unmanned aerial systems.”

Drones are more formally known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). Essentially, a drone is a flying robot.

The aircraft may be remotely controlled or can fly autonomously through software-controlled flight plans in their embedded systems working in conjunction with GPS. Drones have most often been associated with the military but they are also used for search and rescue, surveillance, traffic monitoring, weather monitoring and firefighting, among other things.

More recently, the unmanned aircraft have come into consideration for a number of commercial applications. In late 2013, Amazon announced a plan to use drones for delivery in the not-too-distant future.

Last year the Mansfield post of the Ohio Highway Patrol stepped up efforts to watch and catch criminals in the act of throwing contraband over a prison fence.

Lt. Chad Enderby, then commander of the patrol’s Mansfield post, in 2014 invited media to the patrol post at Interstate 71 and Ohio 13 to bring the issue to the public’s attention, asking people to report anyone or anything suspicious being thrown over the fences of Mansfield’s prisons — especially Richland Correctional Institution, because of its proximity to Ohio 545.

Enderby last year said the patrol had seen an increase of conveyances, or “fence throws,” at RiCI and Mansfield Correctional Institution, on Ohio 13 and Piper Road.

Contraband primarily is drugs, tobacco and cellphones for the most part. Prime days for the majority of fence throws are Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, Enderby said earlier.

The patrol is working hand-in-hand with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections and has increased perimeter patrols of the two institutions.

Facebook builds drone for internet access


By Dave LeeNorth America technology reporter

Facebook has built its own drone that will bring internet connectivity to remote parts of the world, the social network has announced.

The drone – which has a wingspan of a Boeing 737 – will operate as high as 90,000 feet in the air, and can stay airborne for 90 days at a time.

Facebook said the drones would be able to offer internet speeds of 10 gigabits a second.

They will be tested in the US later this year.

It was designed in the UK by Facebook’s aerospace team, said Jay Parikh, Facebook’s vice president of global engineering and infrastructure.

“Our goal is to accelerate the development of a new set of technologies that can drastically change the economics of deploying internet infrastructure,” Mr Parikh said.

“We are exploring a number of different approaches to this challenge, including aircraft, satellites and terrestrial solutions.

“Our intention is not to build networks and then operate them ourselves, but rather to quickly advance the state of these technologies to the point that they become viable solutions for operators and other partners to deploy.”


It is the social network’s latest initiative in its scheme, a project designed to bring connectivity to the developing world.

The strategy will help the network continue to grow users, a key requirement of keeping investors happy.

Mr Parikh said the drone’s technology should be regarded as a “significant breakthrough”.

“They’ve designed and lab-tested a laser that can deliver data at 10s of Gb per second – approximately 10x faster than the previous state-of-the-art in the industry – to a target the size of a dime from more than 10 miles away.

“We are now starting to test these lasers in real-world conditions.

“When finished, our laser communications system can be used to connect our aircraft with each other and with the ground, making it possible to create a stratospheric network that can extend to even the remotest regions of the world.”

However, Facebook’s expansion beyond its current markets has raised eyebrows, and accusations of cynical intentions. angered many in India’s technology community when it launched there, offering free mobile access to a small handful of sites, but not the internet as a whole.

Internet companies in the country said it was giving those free services an unfair advantage in the market, and noted that Facebook is able to track what users on the free service were doing.

Daniel Herbert of Rockaway Twp. gets aerial shots with his feet still on the ground



Making a business work goes a long way, as Daniel Herbert, a Rockaway Township resident and owner of Skygear Solutions, Inc. would know.

He has been a successful business owner since 2014. Herbert found his way here from Delaware and provided Rockaway Township with a glimpse of what his company is about at White Meadow Lake Festival Days recently.

“It’s been a long time since I felt like I lived in a real community of families all happy to coexist and enjoy a great summer weekend together,” Herbert said. “I am always looking for exposure for my business and I also enjoy providing a new view from the air to those who are uninitiated with this technology, so of course I brought some equipment with me to show off.”

His wife, Marina Kopylova, is his partner in ownership and also operates as chief marketing officer.

Herbert said that having already worked with radio controls as a hobby and with retail and marketing is what made going into this type of industry a natural progression.

He said that multirotor drones have quickly trended into the highest revenue-generating products for both consumer and professional sales.

“This stuff is just plain fun,” Herbert said.

The camera streams live HD video to him on the ground which he can watch while framing shots. It also records the video and photos onto a memory card that he can recover after it lands.

The drone takes video and photographs. Both are very high quality but not usable for “spying” on people. The camera does not have zoom capability and the aircraft is quite loud if it gets up close.

Herbert’s company provides aerial photography and videography services, along with individual and group flight training. They also host several events each year, attend legal panel discussions, security conferences, perform flight demonstrations, have product launches, and provide customer service.

He said that Skygear sells ready-to-fly drones from $29.99 to well over $10,000. They also offer custom solutions that can be specialized for law enforcement, fire companies, agricultural use, cinematography, or even drone racing.

“We believe that with such a new and poorly understood technology that a certain level of after-care is necessary for customer retention and further dissemination of our brand,” Herbert said. “Educating our customers is a priority. Ensuring that safety guidelines are followed as well as maintaining a certain common courtesy to the public is very helpful in preventing unwanted incidents.”

Several events that Skygear Solutions has already done this year include: hosting the Team Delaware leg of International Drone Day with over 300 attendees in March, covering the Newark National Little League season opener and providing aerial footage to the crowds and setting up multiple hands-on displays to hundreds of Little League age boys and girls, and attending the Summit Aviation Community Day in Middletown, Delaware.

Safe UAV Operations Around Low-Flying, Manned Aircraft


Its this weeks spot the group running scared campaign.

Let’s Be Fair About Sharing The Air…. Come on chaps really. What about get out the way you massive polluter?

Can you tell the National Agricultural Aviation Associations press release today has got my goat! I think primarily because they call unmanned systems UAV’s and anybody that is serious knows that term went out of fashion several years ago.

Also it sort of tells farmers that they know better and that they are safe hands.

I guess they are stuck between a rock and a hard place. For the association welcoming unmanned aircraft with open arms would be a good thing. Stacks of new members. I suspect there might be a similar if not larger amount of Ag drones out there already. For the current fee paying membership of NAAA this not a good thing.

I personally don’t think UAS are as much of a threat as surveys would suggest. The big numbers you hear have been extrapolated from a different country with a different need and scaled. They make no sense and were a sabre rattle from another dying association. Satellite data will replace what most folks are rushing to do right now.

The EU Copernicus project will map the entire planet every four days and hand out the data for free. Try doing that with a Phantom. Low res to start with but getting ever better. The real money will be in taking that free data and making it actionable. Then Mr Farmer might well use his local RPAS crop sprayer to do the job more efficiently in just the areas required.

Perhaps instead of sharing the air this could really read, Ag pilot transiting my farm get above 500′ and stay out of my way.

I think I am qualified to look at both sides, I am a licensed helicopter pilot and also don’t want to be hit by a Phantom in flight but I think crop dusters are overplaying their hand here.

To ensure that farmers are fully informed before making decisions to operate or contract with a UAV operator, NAAA encourages members to participate in our UAV Safety Education Campaign. The purpose of the campaign is to raise awareness, foster communication and prevent accidents between UAV operators and low-altitude manned aircraft.

The first public outreach tool in the UAV safety campaign is a specially designed “safety stuffer” that gives aerial applicators the means to make a simple yet bold statement. Use it to educate your customers about the safety concerns agricultural pilots have about hard-to-see UAVs, and to share NAAA’s recommendations for safe and responsible UAV operations in rural areas.

Similar to NAAA’s Wind Tower Safety Stuffers, the new UAV Safety Stuffers are designed to fit into a No. 10 envelope. You don’t have to advertise to get the message out. Simply slip an insert in along with the invoices you normally send to your aerial application customers.

The double-sided safety stuffers are printed on glossy, four-color paper and available in packs of 100. Best of all, the UAV Safety Stuffers are free to NAAA Operator Members. Non-members can get them, too, for $25 per 100-pack. NAAA encourages aerial applicators to order as many packets as they can reasonably use. We will continue to give them away to NAAA Operator Members while supplies last. (Additional postage fees may apply for large orders.)

Let’s Be Fair About Sharing The Air

The UAV Safety Stuffers build on the “Let’s Be Fair About Sharing The Air” campaign NAAA launched in 2010 to promote wind tower safety education.

Crop-sensing and aerial imaging stand at the top of many lists of the most popular uses of civilian UAVs. The fervor among farmers champing at the bit to purchase their own UAV to use for crop monitoring and other purposes has been well documented. What gets lost amid all the rosy projections for UAVs’ commercial uses is the safety concerns of pilots, and in particular the concerns of aerial applicators and other pilots operating near ground and the lower reaches of the airspace.

It’s up to everybody—NAAA, its state association partners and aerial applicators—to educate farmers, crop consultants, ag retailers and the public about safe and responsible UAV operations in rural areas. NAAA’s UAV safety stuffers are one component of that. Each ad ends with a simple plea to UAV operators: “Fly with care.” We invite you to get the conversation started in your area by using NAAA’s UAV Safety Stuffers.

Drone Competitors Take to the Skies as Part of Unmanned Challenge Hosted by Embry-Riddle at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh


EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015 attendees gained hands-on experience at the controls of unmanned flying machines as part of the Small Unmanned Aerospace System (sUAS) Challenge during this year’s fly-in at the 63rd annual Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) convention held July 20-26 in Oshkosh, Wis.

The sUAS Challenge, which featured an obstacle course for the unmanned flying vehicles commonly referred to as drones, was sponsored by EAA and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s aviation mobile interactive exhibit, the Embry-Riddle Experience.

“Not only were the challenges educational for the participants, they served as informative demonstrations for the thousands of fans there at Oshkosh of unmanned capabilities and technology,” said Embry-Riddle Worldwide Assistant Professor David Thirtyacre, who oversees the unmanned demonstrations and challenges for the Embry-Riddle Experience. “Our students get this hands-on experience every day, so it’s really exciting to bring that and what we do best to those who share our passion about aviation and the future of unmanned.”

The competition pitted more than 80 competitors ages 12 to 62 against each other daily with qualifying and elimination rounds resulting in four final competitors racing head-to-head each day. In addition to the daily competitions, more than 200 spectators gathered at the drone cage for “The Manufacturers Cage Match,” featuring professional pilots from UAS manufacturers and hobby stores. Embry-Riddle Daytona Beach, Fla., campus student Kendall Clutts finished first.

“As with traditional manned flight training, Embry-Riddle is positioning itself to provide the highest quality of sUAS flight training available once the FAA certification criteria are established. Our sUAS challenges are another example of our commitment to excellence in flight,” said Embry-Riddle Worldwide Dean of Aeronautics Dr. Ken Witcher. “We are committed to supporting the growing UAS industry through educational programs related to the design, operation, and application of this remarkable technology.”

The Dromida Ominus and Blade 180QX HD systems used in the competitions were supplied by Hobbico and Horizon Hobby LCC. Etched Memories provided the trophies.


Monday, July 20 – Nicholas Crofoot of St. Johns, Mich.

Tuesday, July 21 – Bjorn Vasenden of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott, Ariz., campus

Wednesday, July 22 – Daniel Wilewski of Poplar Grove, Ill.

Thursday, July 23 – Kyle Rickert of Antioch, Ill.

Friday, July 24 – Robin Mox of St Johns, Mich.

Saturday, July 25 – Kendall Clutts of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Fla., campus (NOTE: Clutts broke the course record with a 19.44-second qualifying run and swept the final round with three back-to-back victories).

About the Embry-Riddle Experience
The 53-foot trailer known as the Embry-Riddle Experience includes unmanned aircraft demonstrations, aviation and unmanned simulators, a virtual crash lab and degree information that demonstrates how Embry-Riddle students, staff and faculty are leading the way into the future of aerospace and aviation. Simulators in the Embry-Riddle Experience provide a variety of fixed-wing, rotary and multirotor aircraft models in realistic operational settings such as airfield and steep soaring slope locales in the bayou, desert and mountains. Another unique feature of the Embry-Riddle Experience is the Virtual Crash Lab (VLAB), which was developed in conjunction with the university’s Aircraft Accident Investigation curriculum and is designed to allow participants to interactively inspect a crashed commercial aircraft. Operators can move and survey the crash site, inspect the fuselage and debris and take photos with the use of Oculus Goggles. The Embry-Riddle Experience travels throughout the country to aviation and engineering shows as well as schools and special events. For more information on the Embry-Riddle Experience, go

About Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world’s largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace, is a nonprofit, independent institution offering more than 75 baccalaureate, master’s and Ph.D. degree programs in its colleges of Arts & Sciences, Aviation, Business, Engineering and Security & Intelligence. Embry-Riddle educates students at residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz., through the Worldwide Campus with more than 125 locations in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, and through online programs. The university is a major research center, seeking solutions to real-world problems in partnership with the aerospace industry, other universities and government agencies. For more information, visit, follow us on Twitter (@EmbryRiddle) and, and find expert videos at


D.A.: Operators Will Be Prosecuted For Murder If ‘Intentional Act Of A Drone’ Were To Cause Death


SAN BERNARDINO ( — Authorities in San Bernardino County issued a stern warning Wednesday for anyone caught flying an unmanned aerial vehicle over dangerous situations, such as wildfires.

“If an intentional act of a drone was to cause one of these wonderful men and women fighting fires to go down and be injured or worse scenario killed or another civilian on the ground, we will … we will prosecute you for murder,” San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos said.

The warnings come in wake of the North fire in the Cajon Pass, where firefighters had to break off their air attack because of drones.

“If we see one, we have to break off,” explained Capt. Ryan Hales of the U.S. Forest Service, detailing the evasive maneuvers he has to take when and if he sees a drone. Hales pilots a 90,000-pound plane used across the state to battle fires.

“To do an evasive maneuver at that speed, that low, it could present problems,” he said.

Officials also announced a total of $75,000 in rewards for information leading to the capture and conviction of anyone who flew drones above the massive fire, and two other recent fires.

“We don’t want to put our firefighters in harm’s way,” San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon said. “A collision between a drone and a firefighting aircraft could be devastating.”

CBS Los Angeles asked McMahon if they would consider shooting a drone out of the sky in a worst-case scenario. He said they would rule nothing out.

Amazon and Google aren’t the only ones with a delivery drone




In the race to develop a drone that delivers packages, don’t count out Workhorse, a truck maker based in Loveland, Ohio.

Workhorse isn’t as high profile as Amazon or Google, but on Tuesday it demonstrated an eight-rotor delivery drone designed to work with its electric trucks and use some of the same battery technology.

“Our concept is, you have a package-delivery drone that rides on top of a truck as the driver goes about his day, and helps to pick off outliers on his route to help cut down on the cost of delivery per package,” said Elliot Bokeno, a mechanical engineer with Workhorse, who demonstrated the drone at a conference at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley.

If a driver had four deliveries in one part of town but only one in another, the drone might be able to handle that single, less convenient delivery.

The technology combines autonomous and manual control.

GPS is used to determine the delivery location, and the drone flies there without any human input, Bokeno said. But when it gets to the address, a downward-pointing camera switches on and an operator at a remote center takes over.

The operator guides the drone down, making sure to avoid people and obstacles, and releases the package. The drone then resumes autonomous flight and makes its way back to the truck.

In tests, the drone has flown as fast at 55 mph and has a maximum flight time of 30 minutes. The company is working with Panasonic, which provides batteries for Workhorse’s electric vehicles, on more advanced battery technology that will increase flight times to 45 minutes.

Bokeno said his company has already talked to several package delivery companies about using its technology.

“It seems that Amazon, with their drones, has kick-started a revolution and some of the more traditional companies are scrambling to keep up,” he said.

There are other potential uses for the technology.

“With a 10 pound payload, you have a lot of scientific interest for carrying instruments to remote locations,” he said.

For now, tests of the technology over relatively short distances continue. Workhorse is collaborating with the University of Cincinnati and hopes to begin multi-mile delivery tests soon.

Texas Body Farm Researchers Use Corpses to Solve Crimes



SAN MARCOS — A drone flew over the sprawling hills of Freeman Ranch about two years ago, capturing a monochromatic photograph. The gray landscape was grass and dirt and the white spots denoted excessive vegetation. The black flecks were decomposing corpses.

It was exactly the picture that Daniel Wescott, a forensic anthropologist, and Gene Robinson, the owner of a search and rescue organization, were looking for to prove their suspicions that a plane equipped with the right technology could locate the dead.

“We just had one of those eureka moments,” said Robinson, who is based in Wimberley. “We can put these two things together and suddenly we have a forensic tool.”

The ranch is home to about 50 human corpses donated to the Forensic Anthropology Center at Texas State University, which uses them to conduct research that can help medical examiners identify bodies, rescuers find missing persons and law enforcement solve crimes.

Dead bodies are peppered across Texas State’s gated 26 acres on Freeman Ranch. Some are completely decayed down to bones loosely covered by tan, leathery skin, while more recent arrivals resemble the living except for the swollen flesh and colonies of flies laying eggs in facial orifices.

Wescott is the director of the center, known informally as a “body farm.” He helps design many of the research projects in the hopes that by controlling the conditions the body decomposes in — and knowing the biological facts of the person who died — the studies can offer insight on murders or unexplained deaths when much less information is available.

The drone flights are part of an ongoing study using near infrared imaging to detect corpses above and below the ground that are often not visible to the naked eye. The technology can also spot locations where a corpse was previously buried for up to two years after it has been removed.

“The search for clandestine bodies is a very time-consuming ordeal,” Wescott said. “Even then, a lot of times you can walk right by them and not realize that they’re there.”

Near infrared imaging picks up reflectance; as a corpse decays it releases carbon and nitrogen into the soil, decreasing the amount of light the soil reflects. At first, the influx of chemicals kills plants, but as it disperses into the area around the body it turns into a fertilizer causing extra vegetation, which reflects a lot of light.

The two extremes show up as black and white on the mostly gray near infrared imaging, giving anyone looking for a body, Robinson said, double the chances of finding of it.

The Texas State labs, which opened in 2008, are constantly churning out research. The placement and conditions of the bodies are purposeful; many are protected by metal-pole cages, but those that aren’t resemble a collection of scattered bones, pillaged by vultures and raccoons. Corpses are above and below ground as well as in both the sun and shade to compare the decay of each. Some bodies are wrapped tightly in tarp, part of a new study that will look at the rate of decay for a common modus operandi of disposal for murders.

The center grabbed national attention recently when it collected the remains of 80 undocumented immigrants who died after crossing the border. Found in a mass grave in Brooks County, the bodies were buried haphazardly, some covered only by trash bags and shopping bags.

Kate Spradley, a researcher and associate professor of anthropology at Texas State, leads a team working to identify the immigrants and send their remains home. The work is slow, and so far the team has confirmed three identities.