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College student receives government drone in the mail

UPS Delivers Government Drone Parts To College Student


A New York college student ordered some weightlifting equipment online and instead received parts of a government drone. Strangely enough, the box with the drone parts even had his name and address on it.

The student used image-sharing site Imgur to post some photos of what he assumed were drone parts in several different cases. Included with the parts was a small slip of paper saying "USA Federal Property Return to: NOAA Aircraft Operations Center."



Examiner says UPS was responsible for the mistake.

Apparently, there were eight boxes containing drone parts that were supposed to be delivered to the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary in Massachusetts. Seven of those boxes managed to arrive at the correct location, but the other one somehow got dropped off in New York.

What's perhaps even more unsettling - New York Daily News says the drone parts that were incorrectly delivered actually go to a Puma unmanned aerial system, which cost $350,000.

Aircraft systems producer AeroVironment says the drone, which is known as a Puma AE, is about 5 feet long and is launched by hand. For accurate surveillance, it often flies somewhere between 50 and 1,000 feet above the ground.

A writer for RT says the drone's versatility is what makes it attractive to the military and NOAA. The drone can apparently land either on the ground or in the water.

Although the drone was originally created by the U.S. Department of Defense for use in Iraq and Afghanistan, a NOAA spokesman told Boston Daily the organization is looking into "the potential use of unmanned systems for environmental observation purposes, such as marine life and seabird studies, oceanographic and atmospheric research and environmental damage assessments."

Since the student posted about the drone online, NOAA has been able to get in touch with him about retrieving the parts.

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GEORGE May 10 2014 at 12:28 AM

Wait till he gets a bill on his credit card for $350k.

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friedarodriguez1 May 09 2014 at 12:01 PM

So who got the weights?

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jgesselberty May 09 2014 at 12:00 PM

Probably packed and shipped by one of those efficient government employees that got a bonus this year for their "good" work.

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inkmaker59 jgesselberty May 09 2014 at 12:12 PM

It was UPS. Didn't u read the article?

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mstienlee inkmaker59 May 09 2014 at 1:39 PM

The Chinese Communists "no bic inrich" that own the U.S. and the Dems printed the label(s).

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sunon jgesselberty May 09 2014 at 12:29 PM

not the case. blame a private for-profit company which, with the convince of the congress, may end up delivering your mail. take one more minute to think about the fact that congress requires usps to fund employ benefits to 100%. unheard of with any company or government branch you can name.

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drodri8527 May 09 2014 at 11:54 AM

I just can't understand how something that sensitive is shipped via UPS. I would've thought that we have cargo airplanes and personnel to transport something like that. Do we ship airplanes and tanks and subs via UPS as well?

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Ashleigh May 09 2014 at 11:49 AM

Really NICE! How fking irresponsible all of this regime actually is. I believe this potentially endangers U.S. citizens. This regime needs to go. GET OUT! I would have destroyed it and never said a danm thing. What idiotic drones we have running this country. ...so pathetic that they have to use UPS. What a JOKE.

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joshdesmond Ashleigh May 09 2014 at 11:57 AM

Actually the joke is on you. The government has you right where they want you! Bickering about your opposite political party. Wake up and smell the drones.

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C to the J May 09 2014 at 11:43 AM

So the Federal government doesn't even use their own mail delivery system??
Nice...

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sunon C to the J May 09 2014 at 12:32 PM

why would they when, all the while, congress wants to dismantle it.

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BRUCE May 09 2014 at 11:29 AM

$350,000 U.S, government price
$189.95 at your local hobby shop

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ishrppa May 09 2014 at 11:24 AM

still didn't say how his name and address were on that particular package since that is not what he ordered in the first place - how in the world could the 1 lone package all of a sudden get his name and address put on there? Someone at UPS had to have personally gotten this guys name and address off of another package and put it on there - then what happened to the package he was suppose to get? Did that get sent to the gov't somewhere in the world? Left this story stranded like they usually do....

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schnooz1 May 09 2014 at 11:15 AM

Obama probably posted that personally.

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drodri8527 schnooz1 May 09 2014 at 11:46 AM

This package has been missing for 6 yrs. So it was W's mistake : ) Assuming you know who W is. George W Bush.

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sunon schnooz1 May 09 2014 at 12:34 PM

this is the first mention of the president. i wonder if schnooz1 was snoozing and got the wrong article . . .

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ezspin42 May 09 2014 at 10:57 AM

One word: Ebay!

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