Tigers, Music, and Baseball

An odd combination, but a few stories that I found attention-grabbing today.  There is a more serious post in the making as well.

I’ve written about the use of UAS to prevent poaching, and two more preserves are joining the bandwagon.  The Periyar and Parambikulam tiger reserves in India will be obtaining UAS to conduct surveillance of the tigers in areas which are time-consuming or inaccessible to foot-patrols.   This story comes thanks to the Wildcat Sanctuary in Minnesota, which is also the source of the white tiger cub photo.

In other news, Enrique Iglesias hurt his hand during a concert.

At first, I thought this was a trendy t-shirt, but it is blood.
At first, I thought this was a trendy t-shirt, but it is blood.

According to a spokesman: “During the show a drone is used to get crowd shots and some nights Enrique grabs the drone to give the audience a Point of View shot. Something went wrong and he had an accident,” the statement read. “He decided to go on and continued playing for 30 minutes while the bleeding continued throughout the show.”  This wasn’t a rogue drone, but one that was part of the presentation, he didn’t seem too hurt, and the show continued.


In a not-so-sanctioned event, a drone operator was using his drone over a Phillies game this weekend.

Toronto Blue Jays v Philadelphia Phillies
This is the Phillie Phanatic, their mascot and star of a children’s book series, at the beginning of a game against the Blue Jays. The base image is credited to Yahoo and used under the Fair Use Doctrine. My photo skills are in natural photography and am not great with photoshopping in images, but couldn’t resist this one.

He was confronted by both police and Phillies security.  One should note that he was asked to erase the data because it contained intellectual property.  This is another consideration of imaging with drones – make sure you’re not recording something that is protected IP!  Citizen’s Bank Park is in a restricted Class B airspace since it is near Philadelphia International Airport, and the FAA prohibits UAS near stadiums while professional sporting events, including MLB games, are in progress.

A VFR for Philadelphia around PHL. Note the two black squares to the right of the airport and labeled “stadiums.” One is for the Eagles, the other for the Phillies. Both are well within the circle for Class B airspace that starts at the surface.