A Surprising Use for Hobby Drone

A surprising but dangerous use for a hobby drone found its way into the imagination of a disgruntled Japanese man: to make a political statement. He got attention from authorities but not what he set out for.


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A man was arrested Saturday in Fukui Prefecture for allegedly flying the drone found earlier this week on the roof of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s official residence, investigators said. Yasuo Yamamoto, 40, of the city of Obama, presented himself to the Fukui Prefectural Police on Friday evening and said he landed the drone on the rooftop of the prime minister’s office to protest the government’s nuclear energy policy. – Read more here:

The small drone found Wednesday had traces of radiation and triggered fears of potential terrorist attacks using unmanned aerial devices, police said. No one was injured and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was traveling at the time. – Read more here:

This was and until today the main concern of the US government regarding hobby drones: the potential use of hobbyist drones as weapons of terror or assassination. In a  DHS “summit” held early in the year and attended by officials from the US military, the Department of Homeland Security, and t e FAA  gathered to discuss this issue. The conference was open to civilians, but explicitly closed to the press.[…]But the most striking visual aid was on an exhibit table outside the auditorium, where a buffet of low-cost drones had been converted into simulated flying bombs. One quadcopter, strapped to 3 pounds of inert explosive, was a DJI Phantom 2. – Read more here:

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