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Mystery drones buzz nuclear sites in France

By T.K. Randall
November 2, 2014 · Comment icon 29 comments

Who is responsible for the mystery drone sightings ? Image Credit: Dkroetsch
Officials have launched an investigation after drones were sighted near seven nuclear power plants.
The unidentified aircraft appeared over several nuclear sites belonging to France's state-owned EDF power company between the 5th and 20th of October.

In addition to the obvious safety concerns it is also illegal in France to operate an aircraft within 5km of a nuclear power plant.
There were initial suspicions that Greenpeace might be responsible for the drones but the group has since denied any involvement.

Air force spokesman Col Jean-Pascal Breton has indicated that the drones are believed to be small commercially available devices that are not thought to pose a threat to the security of the plants.

France currently generates 75% of its energy through nuclear reactors at 19 sites but has announced plans to reduce its reliance on nuclear energy to 50% by the year 2025.

Source: BBC News | Comments (29)




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Comment icon #20 Posted by third_eye 10 years ago
Too late ~ DIY Drones ~ http://diydrones.com/
Comment icon #21 Posted by Atuke 10 years ago
With today's technology you can easily make your own and run it from your smartphone.
Comment icon #22 Posted by seeder 10 years ago
With today's technology you can easily make your own and run it from your smartphone. With technology 40 years ago (plus) you could make your own. before they were called drones, they were simply 'remote controlled craft'.... kids even had them! The RC helicopters were the ones that could hover, as per today's quad drones. Now I dont know if these sites show up on google satellite view/maps.... but that would seem the easiest way to 'observe' any site. Besides, it could just be something benign, like kids on a nearby estate.
Comment icon #23 Posted by Karasu 10 years ago
I live in the countryside and I shoot these things out of the sky for fun. I don't care who you are, or what your business is, you do not have my permission to do a drone flyover.
Comment icon #24 Posted by Michelle 10 years ago
the airspace is public use, depends how high the drone is. Though you will need a permit A lot of things are illegal in public spaces. It's all fun and games until it's used for spying on someone, being a peeping tom or harassment.
Comment icon #25 Posted by lightly 10 years ago
these things are going to cause all sorts of problems. In the old days , people flew remote control things WITHOUT cameras on board. Maybe that should be the general rule?
Comment icon #26 Posted by Oxo1 10 years ago
Two pieces of technology we could well do without, smartphones and drones, we have now crossed the Rubicon.
Comment icon #27 Posted by Codenwarra 10 years ago
With my modest wealth I could probably afford to buy one of these fully equipped and hardly notice the cost. These things are becoming commonplace and in a couple of years teenagers will be flying them about, if they are not already. The solution to intrusive drones? Anti-aircraft fire. Shotguns loaded with salt or sand might suffice for most of them. EDIT As it is I can easily strap a GoPro camera to the large kites which I already own.
Comment icon #28 Posted by Karasu 10 years ago
Two pieces of technology we could well do without, smartphones and drones, we have now crossed the Rubicon. Sad, but true.
Comment icon #29 Posted by Valdemar the Great 10 years ago
With technology 40 years ago (plus) you could make your own. before they were called drones, they were simply 'remote controlled craft'.... kids even had them! The RC helicopters were the ones that could hover, as per today's quad drones. Now I dont know if these sites show up on google satellite view/maps.... but that would seem the easiest way to 'observe' any site. Besides, it could just be something benign, like kids on a nearby estate. Yes, RC aircraft are hardly anything new, the reason they're getting so much attention now is probably because they're easier to use now and they're called... [More]


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