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Ballistics testing on consumer drones ???

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by MadMitch88, Dec 14, 2014.

  1. MadMitch88

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    Anyone know of a comprehensive and scientific test of ballistics on consumer drones such as the Phantom ??

    I was flying my P2V+ at my grandma's farm recently because I've got eyewitness reports there is a monster 12-point whitetail buck feeding on her property, as well as adjacent fields. My Dad is an avid hunter and he would love to bag this magnificent stag! I flew out about 1/2 mile to a nearby field next to her farm and did some scouting. As I was flying back home, I heard about 3 or 4 gunshots. I didnt make much of it, since this is small game hunting season in Ohio. Prolly just some kid trying to bag a couple squirrels for the dinner table, eh?

    However, after landing I noticed a strange scuff mark on the bottom of one the prop arms, and it made me think it could be a bullet mark? I always do a pre-flight inspection of my P2V+ to check for structural defects and I didnt see this scuff mark before takeoff. Now I'm starting to think a landowner or hunter took a shot at my bird !!

    So it got me wondering --- has anyone conducted a thorough ballistics test on consumer UAVs? I'm not an expert on firearms, but a 12-gauge blast will easily take down a Phantom at under 100 feet, but I think at 200 feet or above the pellets have a lot less velocity and energy and it wouldnt be enough to bring down my bird, although chipping off a part of a prop would make it fly "wacky" and could bring it down. I was flying at around 250 feet when I heard the gun shots so I'm thinking this guy did fire at my bird but it was able to take a hit from a couple BB's and keep on truckin' through those unfriendly skies.

    Please post a link to a scientific test if you know of one --- this could be rather important to those of us who fly in rural areas where rednecks with guns are all too common. :oops:

    This unfortunate incident may prompt me to install some kind of metal shielding on the underside of my bird, as well as look into metal props. Who makes metal props for a Phantom?
     
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    Shotgun BARELY brought that drone down from only 50 feet away.

    So it looks like my theory is correct --- fly above 200 feet and our birds are safe from idiots with guns --- soar with impunity, my friends.

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    I really hope we start seeing more of these anti-drone a-sholes dragged into court to face criminal charges and lawsuits over their despicable actions. It's amazing how many threads you read about Amazon drone delivery and lots of people flippantly bragging to "shoot down any drone that flies over my property". These idiots wouldn't fire their shotgun at a FedEx truck pulling into their driveway, so why do they think they have the right to shoot at a delivery drone (or any drone) flying over their land --- esp. a commerical drone that has no interest in taking a video of their fat, ugly wife in the backyard?

    NOBODY owns airspace over their property. Even the dumbest hicks in this country better start learning that simple rule, or else they gonna find themselves locked up for a few months! :D