Camera Drone Slams Into Turkey's Blue Mosque, Recovers, Moves On

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Camera wielding quad copters are becoming a major issue in many of the top tourist spots around the globe. The National Park Service has even outlawed unmanned aircraft within their domain as they were becoming a major annoyance to non-drone toting visitors.

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Damage caused by remote controlled aircraft to fragile historical structures and sites is also a major concern, as the operators of these vehicles are not necessarily insured, nor willing, to report the damage they cause when the slam into or fall on important stuff. Recently, Yellowstone's Grand Prismatic Spring was apparently damaged when a drone crashed into it.

As the government's unmanned technology continues to grow heavier, more widespread and more capable, so will drones on the civilian marketplace, which many worry will just add to their potential destruction, yet alone magnifying the ballooning security concerns they already cause.

Regardless of these issues, they do take some spectacular videos don't they?

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Tyler Rogoway is a defense journalist and photographer who maintains the website Foxtrot Alpha for Jalopnik.com You can reach Tyler with story ideas or direct comments regarding this or any other defense topic via the email address Tyler@Jalopnik.com

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revarthurbelling
revarthurbelling

Would you want to report that you ran a drone into a mosque? In Turkey? Me neither. Of course, I'm not a selfish asshole who wants to whiz by historical monuments with my RC helicopter/plane. And yes, THIS is why we can't have nice things.

I still don't get why these are called drones and not RC aircraft.