10 Handheld Drone Fails

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UAVs like the Raven are worth thousands of dollars apiece. So the question is: do these troops need to work on their throw or could the UAVs use a redesign?

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  1. MecEngDvr
    MecEngDvr Mar 17, 2015

    Most of these appear to be operator error. Its a little misleading to question the reliability of the drone in the caption.

  2. LarryF58
    LarryF58 Mar 17, 2015

    Operator error? For the money being spent on them, there shouldn't be room for such simple operator errors. At that price, the drones should have an on-board computer and gyroscope to aid with smooth flight. You can buy a flying model aircraft at a local hobby shop for less than $200 that takes off and lands consistently without undue crashing. I think it's fair to say that those things are yet another example of military contractors overpricing commonly available items ridiculously, and then delivering a product that would be considered substandard if sold on the open market at a fraction of the cost.

  3. AFRet91
    AFRet91 Mar 18, 2015

    We have a local model airplane club with much better planes than any of that krap.

  4. Infantrymen032211
    Infantrymen032211 Mar 20, 2015

    The Raven is not the problem, I am a skilled raven operator myself and what the soldiers failed to do is follow classroom and field instructions on the proper launch of a RAVEN. when launching the raven you lob the uav without bending or twisting your wrist now there are two soldiers executing the launch one lobs the uav and the other "the controller" pulls back on the joy stick after the uav has left the launchers hand. the problem in this video is all of these operators failed to properly launch the uav either through applying too much force when launching the uav, by twisting there wrist causing the uav to skid or flip after launch, or in the controllers instance not pulling back on the stick after the uav has left the launchers hand.

  5. LarryF58
    LarryF58 Mar 23, 2015

    Infantrymen032211, my point was that if the Raven was worth the money spent on it, it wouldn't *require* special training and a team to get it into the air. Much less sophisticated model aircraft manage to take off just fine with only one person at the controls, and without any need for tossing. It's the fact that such an expensive craft has so many flaws in design that it's so easy to cause it to crash that I'm objecting to. I realize that there will be times when there won't be enough open ground for a wheeled take off, but even I could design a simple, light and easily portable catapult launch system for one. Additionally, there is no excuse for it not the have landing wheels for the times when there is plenty of open ground.

  6. Bubblehead238
    Bubblehead238 Mar 24, 2015


  7. 33792026
    33792026 Mar 24, 2015

    Any RC [Remote Control] pilot knows you do not have to hard hand launch. The prop can carry the plane. All one need do is to throw it easily and level to the ground. The pilot does the rest. The other possibility is that the drones are nose heavy and need to be balanced. In any event, the handlers appear to be at fault.

  8. 32705605
    32705605 Mar 25, 2015

    Why don't you launch them with a rubber band catapult ? Place a small hook on bottom of fuselage a few inches from the nose.. use about 20 ft. of rubber band material staked to the ground, attach about 10 ft of nylon cord to the rubber band.. Tie an eyelet in end of nylon cord,,place the eyelet over the nose hook, hold the glider/sail plane or propeller driven craft... by bottom near the rudder and walk backwards to stretch the band out.. release the glider and attach it climb..This is how I launched my home built balsa gliders back in 1945-46 in Norfolk Va beside the Naval Air Station....... ...

  9. usnvetarmydad
    usnvetarmydad Mar 25, 2015

    Most of those were thrown too hard and with a spin/twist that made it impossible for flight. These morons should not have been allowed to "play" with the expensive "toys". My Grandaughter got a styrofoam glider at an FRG event that should have been what these guys practiced their throws with. The comparisons with Model Airplanes and Clubs is unfair, as this drone and troops are neither. Also your $200 off the shelf plane would cost thousands once the military specs and procurement process was applied. Who really thinks the overpriced hammer or toilet seat was the whole story? Where do you think they hide the money for our black projects?

  10. 33793846
    33793846 Mar 25, 2015

    It appears that they need some basic Piloting skills as well!

    RIGGERRAY Mar 26, 2015

    As an RC aircraft pilot I ca say for sure that almost all of the "ISSUES" were operator induced. The pilots need a lot more training!

  12. wwklink
    wwklink Mar 28, 2015

    I wud help to know what you were doing... These BOZO's have never even pracdiced with a styrofoam glider much less a powered drone.... This crap has to do with lack of training,leadership responsibility, and just downright stupidity.... Is anyone shure that these guys are really on our side... ISIS don't even treat their goats like this!!!!

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