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Birds Will Attack
Amazon´s Delivery Drones

Slate, by Nicholas Lund

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Posted By:pineledger, 12/6/2013 2:24:55 PM

Konstantin Kakaes had a lot of good evidence to work with for his article debunking the promise of Amazon’s drone deliveries. The FAA doesn’t allow autonomous flight. Drones are too small and unreliable. They’ll cost Amazon a fortune to maintain and oversee. Kakaes had so many facts in his favor, but he left out a big one: Birds are going to hate these drones.(Snip)The difference for Amazon’s drones is that the birds will be chasing them. Unseen to us, the skies are checkered with fiercely defended bird territories. Open-country raptors—hawks, eagles, kites, harriers, etc.—don’t take kindly to interlopers on their

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This article is filled with the most amazing links to videos of birds of many kinds attacking drones and radio-controlled gliders and planes.

Nature is awesome!!

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 12/6/2013 3:09:48 PM     (No. 9643341)

My main objection to drones delivering packages will be one of sky pollution. Considering how many packages Amazon delivers, the sight of all these drones overhead will be depressing by interfering with the enjoyment of nature´s beauty. Also, drone failure causing packages to rain from the sky isn´t a pleasant thought.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: snakeoil, 12/6/2013 3:13:14 PM     (No. 9643345)

If they deliver in my neighborhood, amazon is going to lose a lot of drones. Imagine what a 12 gauge shotgun would do to one. If there´s any copper in them there´s money to be made. They would be neat for pizza delivery.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: LouD, 12/6/2013 3:31:04 PM     (No. 9643372)

Either many radio control enthusiasts have carved out their own bird territories, or the raptors (and there are many) in my neighborhood just don´´t give a damn. As far as I know, bird attacks on model planes are few and far between.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: bdog, 12/6/2013 4:07:59 PM     (No. 9643400)

I have watched small sparrows chase crows, and crows chase hawks. I have never seen any of them make contact and for the most part, they simply ignore the chaser.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: mitzi, 12/6/2013 4:12:13 PM     (No. 9643408)

Maybe this is the reason Obama wants to kill off all the eagles ... ready to set loose his murder drones!

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Reply 6 - Posted by: f64, 12/6/2013 4:17:59 PM     (No. 9643415)

0P - article didn´t show a picture of a Roc attacking a windmill.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: ocjim, 12/6/2013 4:33:10 PM     (No. 9643432)

C´mon folks, Bezos is challenging his advanced projects teams with this toy, but he knows it´s unworkable, except in possibly controlled internal applications, e.g. quick warehouse to warehouse delivery updates. It was also an inspired way to get prime 60 Minutes air time and big buzz w/o having to discuss/divulge any real strategy.
´´Yea, Charlie, we´ll have to work the FAA rules a bit on this one...´´ LOL!

For a look at the real visionary Bezos, check out the 1999 version on the 60 Minutes look back.
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-jeff-bezos-of-1999-nerd-of-the-amazon/


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Reply 8 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 12/6/2013 4:49:10 PM     (No. 9643462)

A full spectrum, multi-platform 3-D "Printer" will produce your purchase in the future.

´Delivery´ will be distant memory.

...like waiting on the stage coach.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: thewarden, 12/6/2013 4:59:55 PM     (No. 9643473)

My 19 year old wants to fly drones--he has several hobby versions and has incredible natural talent and skill already. He gave this whole idea a thumbs down. I just don´t understand how this would work, do you?

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