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A European magpie chasing a model plane.
Friday, December 6, 2013

Another drawback to delivery drones? Birds will attack them

Amazon recently got a lot of free publicity - pay no attention to the tax-dodger behind the curtain; look at this shiny thing! - when Jeff Bezos speculated about package-delivery drones.

It'll probably never make economic sense, but an excellent Slate piece (here) points out another obstacle to the whole idea: Birds.

Birds, it seems, have a long history of harrassing and attacking flying vehicles. And we're not talking just about territorial raptors; non meat-eaters get into the action, too. You've probably seen flocks of crows or little sparrow-ish birds harrassing larger birds - they'll do the same thing to a package drone.

This isn't just speculation. The Slate piece has some great links to videos of birds attacking RC helicopters, gliders, and drones. Very entertaining stuff.

UPS drivers of the world, your jobs are safe: Red-tailed hawks will see to that!