FPV Drone Flying

One interest of mine (the theory of, not the actual doing of, yet) is first-person view (FPV) drone flying. I first heard about FPV Drone Flying from the Make magazine article Star Wars Pod Racing Using Drones where they likened it to flying speeder bikes through the forests on the moon of Endor.

My novel Drone Syndicate (working title) has FPV drone races. To get a feel of what these races are like, check out some of the following videos:

This one is great because it shows a drone flying with a car, and up to 55 mph. My favorite part is when the car and drone pass beneath an underpass (around 1:08) and the drone flying through the arm of an excavator (at 4:03).

This video is the best FPV footage from 2014, my favorite part is when the drone flies through a tunnel beneath a road (at 5:35).

Because everyone actually loves NASCAR because of the crashes, here’s a compilation of FPV race crashes:

And one more, FPV racing in a warehouse in Australia:


Hacker Killed by Drone was “Secret Weapon”

Sometimes true events come with better headlines than a fiction author can come up with. Case in point, this Wall Street Journal article:

Hacker Killed by Drone was “Secret Weapon”

Junaid Hussain was a British citizen who joined the Islamic State, becoming a chief in their ‘electronic army’.

He was killed by a drone strike to a car in which he was traveling.

ISIS considered him a secret weapon because of the technical skills he possessed, showing how digital warfare has become nearly as important as the physical kind.

Mr. Hussain drew attention from U.S. and British intelligence and military agencies in part because of his efforts to recruit and incite violence, said one U.S. official. His importance to Islamic State made him a legitimate target, the official said. “Leadership: That is what gets our attention.”

Hussain had hacked the email of an assistant to the then-Prime Minister of Britain and revealed personal information about Prime Minister Tony Blair. Eventually, Hussain fled to Syria and hooked up with the Islamic State. There he wrote malware and taught others how to hack, including revealing the personal details of a number of U.S. military personnel.