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DRONES FOR ROOS?

By crappicker 23 May 2012 24

Animal lovers can use readily available technology in their struggles to protect roos against unwarranted cullings.

Remote controlled Hexacopters (http://hexacopters.com/) with videocamera are available off the shelf for about one grand.

With a reach up to a few kms they can survey most of Canberra’s nature reserves from their borders.

Video footage of roo killings may sway Canberrans against destruction of peaceful roo societies, our national symbol, and Youtube clips of joey decapitations may send ACT Tourism screaming to government.

Heavylift Hexacopter versions, or perhaps Dodecacopters, may be used to pipe loud distress sounds to unsuspecting kangaroo crowds that are in for the kill.

If that would fail, the copters may be used for smart bombing.

Dousing of their killer utes with butyric acid of Japanese whaler fame or persistent red paint, may deter even the hardiest of roo mercenaries.


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crappicker 1:56 pm 05 Jun 12

chewy14 said :

Perhaps the OP would like to purchase one of these?

http://www.news.com.au/weird-true-freaky/meet-orville-the-flying-dead-stuffed-cat/story-e6frflri-1226383126494

Many thanks chewy14 that is really funny and makes me feel proud of my Dutch extraction

Watson 12:09 pm 04 Jun 12

Aeek said :

DISAPPOINTED saw the headline and I can hand in a dead ‘roo and get a drone?

I think the headline suggests that you can hand in a drone and get a roo. My freezer’s not big enough though…

Watson 12:08 pm 04 Jun 12

Postalgeek said :

Sorry to be a killjoy, but I suspect those laughing about roo culls haven’t been on one.

In the past, the shooters we had on the farm generally required us to follow up behind with an iron bar to take care of the joeys in the pouches, or charged an additional penalty fee to do the job themselves.

It was (is) a task no-one enjoyed.

As if anyone here was suggesting that it is a pretty sight? Killing a joey with a blow to the back of the neck is still a whole lot more humane than letting them slowly starve to death. Or possibly allowing them to be rescued by ‘survival of the cuddliest’ activists who will fatten them up for the next cull.

Skidbladnir 11:46 am 24 May 12

Monday said :

FPSRussia has a idea…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNPJMk2fgJU

No recoil, perfect stability, and some very strange shadowcasting?
Sadly ’tis fake.
Or just skip to the end where he mentions that execution of concept is about 15 years away.

HenryBG 11:38 am 24 May 12

wildturkeycanoe said :

Let’s turn this right around and like Caractacus Potts suggested, have drones serve it up to the roos instead of hunters. This can be a R & D exercise for private contractors to test some medium scale UAVs armed with large calibre weapons. I can just imagine the geeks at the PC in the back of an unmarked black van. “Sighting target, acquiring vector data, stabilising….fire! Bogey has been eliminated, proceed to landing site Delta for re-supply and a pine scented air freshener.”

“CEASE FIR CEASE FIRE WHISKEY-FOXTROT CEASE FIRE – THOSE AREN’T ROOS – THOSE ARE CYCLISTS”

Disinformation 11:34 am 24 May 12

Hmm. Most hexacopters run the newer 2.4GHz radio gear which is very popular these days for avoiding frequency clash issues that were had on the 36MHz band set aside in Australia for R/C aircraft. I am betting that with a cheap 4 watt 2.4 GHz amp available online and accompanying 12dB directional yagi antenna, I can overwhelm the hexacopter rx comprehensively. This will either make it go to programmed failsafe and be uncontrollable or drop it like a rock. Either way the result would be the same. This solution would be virtually undetectable, long range, mobile, readily concealable, cheap, effective and put the blame for any damage squarely on the person operating the Hexacopter. Illegal? Yes, but the components are legal to own. Just not for the purposes of disrupting communications. The total time required for use could even be calculated based on height above ground level of the hexacopter and the acceleration of gravity.

Mind you, hexacopters being used to disrupt hunters in the USA have already been downed by the low tech method of shooting them with a shotgun.
Hexacopters used to spy on football training were taken out with a football.

Postalgeek 10:56 am 24 May 12

Sorry to be a killjoy, but I suspect those laughing about roo culls haven’t been on one.

In the past, the shooters we had on the farm generally required us to follow up behind with an iron bar to take care of the joeys in the pouches, or charged an additional penalty fee to do the job themselves.

It was (is) a task no-one enjoyed.

Monday 10:46 am 24 May 12

FPSRussia has a idea
Something like this?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNPJMk2fgJU

54-11 10:27 am 24 May 12

wildturkeycanoe said :

Let’s turn this right around and like Caractacus Potts suggested, have drones serve it up to the roos instead of hunters. This can be a R & D exercise for private contractors to test some medium scale UAVs armed with large calibre weapons. I can just imagine the geeks at the PC in the back of an unmarked black van. “Sighting target, acquiring vector data, stabilising….fire! Bogey has been eliminated, proceed to landing site Delta for re-supply and a pine scented air freshener.”

My thoughts entirely, wtc.

wildturkeycanoe 6:13 am 24 May 12

Let’s turn this right around and like Caractacus Potts suggested, have drones serve it up to the roos instead of hunters. This can be a R & D exercise for private contractors to test some medium scale UAVs armed with large calibre weapons. I can just imagine the geeks at the PC in the back of an unmarked black van. “Sighting target, acquiring vector data, stabilising….fire! Bogey has been eliminated, proceed to landing site Delta for re-supply and a pine scented air freshener.”

Skidbladnir 11:40 pm 23 May 12

Baldy said :

Really? I was considering getting one because they look like fun. Where can I find infomation on the restrictions placed on flying them?

And indeed, they are fun.
Talk to your local hobby\model shop for more information on private and recreational flights for a model suited to your skill level, but remember rule #1: Don’t fly what you can’t afford to crash.

Depending on the purpose for which you want to fly something (ie: if its no longer for private or recreational reasons, or outside a specific flight zone, or its outside operator-line-of-sight, or you’re doing ‘work’ with it such as chasing birds, filming for non-curious, privacy-invading, or promotional purposes, herding sheep\kangaroos, attacking government contractors) you’re subject to all kinds of CASA Regulations.
The tasks described by the stupid protester in the above stupid post re: performing work, flying in such a way to harass humans, dropping projectiles onto people would invoke CASA in a Fists of Righteous Fury\Wrath of God kind of way.
A CASA Spokeperson recently had this to say on the ABC.

But if you’re flying at one of the local fields, they’ll ensure you’re flying in accordance with the various MPAA recommended procedures.
MPAA fields aren’t the only place you can fly though, but CMAC who operate out of Symonston, have something of a stern reputation that seems to discourage new players who don’t care for getting wing certification and the like.

But if you’re southside and want a recommendation of people to talk to to get started on the hobby , Nitrodude in Kambah are quite straightforward, and the local groups have flight nights at Tuggeranong every so often.
All the usual warnings come with that recommendation: they may try to sell you something, you may enjoy it, and your first three or four crashes will be both spectacular and well-deserved learning experiences.

Aeek 11:01 pm 23 May 12

DISAPPOINTED saw the headline and I can hand in a dead ‘roo and get a drone?

dvaey 10:20 pm 23 May 12

Primal said :

Hexacopter vs rifle? My money’s on the rifle.

Seeing these shooters firing off into the air would probably be a worse outcome than seeing them shoot an actual kangaroo. (For the shooters anyway)

Baldy 10:10 pm 23 May 12

Skidbladnir said :

And the legislative response to executing your proposed methods would only punish those existing hobbyists who operate within the (frankly very tight) legal constraints put on UAVs in Australia, and prevent further growth of a harmless hobby.

Really? I was considering getting one because they look like fun. Where can I find infomation on the restrictions placed on flying them?

Caractacus Potts 8:06 pm 23 May 12

Or maybe ‘Drones vs roos’! Save money on shootists, just get a bunch of nerds dropping bombs on the suckers!

Primal 7:41 pm 23 May 12

Hexacopter vs rifle? My money’s on the rifle.

Diggety 7:29 pm 23 May 12

Ok. I have options:

Option #1:
– Shoot a roo
– Launch my dogfight RC plane.
– Knock your expensive piece of sh*t out of the sky.
– Shoot a roo.
– Find you, shove said expensive piece up you’re a*se.
– Shoot a roo.

OR

Option #2:
– Shoot a roo.
– Upload a clip of a kangaroo dying slowly of starvation and blame you.
– Shoot a roo.

Your choice, ROFLCOPTER.

Spectra 6:44 pm 23 May 12

Skidbladnir said :

… this is one of those shameless self-promotions for media profile, isn’t it?

That, or a thinly veiled ad for RC helicopters…I have to admit, I do have a certain inclination to buy one now…

Sandman 6:23 pm 23 May 12

And the activists wonder why they get treated like whacko’s.

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