Written by: TechAnon
Advancing technology and human’s undying fascination with flight have always been a driving force for anything from kids toys to space travel. In coming times you may be be hard pressed to find a public park or other open space that does not contain some sort of man-made flying contraption. Kites, gliders, RC planes and now multi-prop “drones” with cameras.
Without getting into all the “to do” or the politics and rights of those who own these little gems it seems that mother nature has started to implement her own air defenses per se. In a video published by rt.com. Watch the video here:
Software developer Christopher Schmidt is spending some time in Cambridge, Massachusetts with his quad copter taking some video footage of the surrounding area . He’s flying along, minding his own business and out of the top corner of the video comes a young Red Tail hawk, in perfect attack pattern. Seeing the impending collision Chris immediately dropped his throttle in hopes of minimizing injury to the hawk and crossed his fingers. It’s kind of startling if you watch the video on a large screen, especially when the slomo starts. You see…talons and then the tumble to the ground.
I’m sure this incident is only one of hundreds around the country and the world. This past year University of Maryland Robotics had similar issues with a research project (coincidentally funded by the US Army) called “robo-raven”. This lil fella is one of the most accurate and real-life, functioning, Radio controlled reproductions of a bird and in June of 2013, a hawk tried to eat it. Take THAT! secretly funded project!
Is mother nature trying to tell us something?
Today, the internet is littered with videos of wildlife attacking drones and their owners. Hawks, Eagles, Blackbirds… even land animals. How far do we go to protect either side? What do you deem more valuable; your equipment or the wildlife?