Homeland Security sells a 3D printed drone for $1,100. Enter coordinates and it drops stuff "like in Hunger Games": photo Shane Bauer via Shane Bauer @shane_bauer, 7 September 2014
Untitled: photo via innersalts (Considerable Sacrificial Rituals)
Amazon employees look to the skies at the company’s secret Canadian drones site somewhere in British Columbia, only 2,000ft from the US border: photo by Ed Pilkington for The Guardian, 30 March 2015
Amazon tests delivery drones at secret Canada site after US frustration: Exclusive: Guardian gains access to unnamed British Columbia site where tech giant’s roboticists and engineers, stymied by American regulation, are now developing their unmanned domestic delivery service: Ed Pilkington, The Guardian, 30 March 2015
Amazon is testing its drone delivery service at a secret site in Canada, following repeated warnings by the e-commerce giant that it would go outside the US to bypass what it sees as the US federal government’s lethargic approach to the new technology.
The largest internet retailer in the world is keeping the location of its new test site closely guarded. What can be revealed is that the company’s formidable team of roboticists, software engineers, aeronautics experts and pioneers in remote sensing –- including a former Nasa astronaut and the designer of the wingtip of the Boeing 787 –- are now operating in British Columbia.
The end goal is to utilise what Amazon sees as a slice of virgin airspace –- above 200ft, where most buildings end, and below 500ft, where general aviation begins. Into that aerial slice the company plans to pour highly autonomous drones of less than 55lbs, flying through corridors 10 miles or longer at 50mph and carrying payloads of up to 5lbs that account for 86% of all the company’s packages.
Amazon has acquired a plot of open land lined by oak trees and firs, where it is conducting frequent experimental flights with the full blessing of the Canadian government. As if to underline the significance of the move, the test site is barely 2,000ft from the US border, which was clearly visible from where the Guardian stood on a recent visit.
The Guardian was invited to visit Amazon’s previously undisclosed Canadian drone test site, where it has been conducting outdoor flights for the past few months. For the duration of the visit, three plain-clothed security guards kept watch from the surrounding hills.
Amazon’s drone visionaries are taking the permissive culture on the Canadian side of the border and using it to fine-tune the essential features of what they hope will become a successful delivery-by-drone system. The Guardian witnessed tests of a hybrid drone that can take off and land vertically as well as fly horizontally.
Amazon said that by the time the FAA approved a licence to test-fly a prototype drone for its planned Prime Air service the aircraft was already obsolete: photo by Zuma/Rex via The Guardian, 24 March 2015
In Joe’s deli the old lady
greets me Sonny the man with
the rolls is my son, Sonny, how
are you today in the cold out? fine
and coffee too and Camels
a saucepan smells of eggs soft sour
Tanya.......the Barone Gallery
tomorrow.............the light broke
before I even got out of bed
and then it got put together again
you discard your jacket
sweatered into the afternoon
wait for me
...............I’m staying with you
Frank O'Hara (1926-1966): from Variations on Saturday, 10 December 1960, in Love Poems (Tentative Title), 1965
Camel Cigarettes ad, girl in pool: photo by Nickolas Muray (1892-1965), 1956 (George Eastman House)
A couple are seen in the middle of the Vancouver riot after the Canucks lost to the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup decider: photo by Rich Lam via The Guardian, 15 June 2011
The Halo Drop Drones vendor got nervous about us taking too detailed of pictures, in case we wanted to duplicate them: photo Shane Bauer via Shane Bauer @shane_bauer, 7 September 2014
A drone company is set up at an Urban Shield site, but the county is waiting for FAA permission to use them: photo Shane Bauer via Shane Bauer @shane_bauer, 7 September 2014
Lets do it Sweden #FuQCanada: image via Daniel James Hoeffel @Hoeffs_11, 21 February 2014