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megimoo
01-23-2011, 06:46 PM
.AUSTIN - The suspect's house, just west of this city, sat on a hilltop at the end of a steep, exposed driveway. Agents with the Texas Department of Public Safety believed the man inside had a large stash of drugs and a cache of weapons, including high-caliber rifles.
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As dawn broke, a SWAT team waiting to execute a search warrant wanted a last-minute aerial sweep of the property, in part to check for unseen dangers. But there was a problem: The department's aircraft section feared that if it put up a helicopter, the suspect might try to shoot it down.

So the Texas agents did what no state or local law enforcement agency had done before in a high-risk operation: They launched a drone. A bird-size device called a Wasp floated hundreds of feet into the sky and instantly beamed live video to agents on the ground. The SWAT team stormed the house and arrested the suspect.
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But by 2013, the FAA expects to have formulated new rules that would allow police across the country to routinely fly lightweight, unarmed drones up to 400 feet above the ground - high enough for them to be largely invisible eyes in the sky.Such technology could allow police to record the activities of the public below with high-resolution, infrared and thermal-imaging cameras.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/22/AR2011012204111.html

fettpett
01-23-2011, 07:44 PM
Sounds like an awesome tool for LEO, help protect them and suspects

megimoo
01-23-2011, 08:10 PM
Sounds like an awesome tool for LEO, help protect them and suspects
"LEO" ?

Rockntractor
01-23-2011, 08:14 PM
"LEO" ?

Lewd English occupants!:D

djones520
01-23-2011, 08:15 PM
Law Enforcement Officers

Rockntractor
01-23-2011, 08:17 PM
Law Enforcement Officers

You're no fun!:D

megimoo
01-23-2011, 08:30 PM
Sounds like an awesome tool for LEO, help protect them and suspects
One problem is some Gung ho police departments will start hanging mini SAW"s on the larger UAV'S and blow some little old lady out of her rocking chair by mistake some night while on a drug raid !

fettpett
01-23-2011, 09:54 PM
One problem is some Gung ho police departments will start hanging mini SAW"s on the larger UAV'S and blow some little old lady out of her rocking chair by mistake some night while on a drug raid !

i dont support the arming of the UAV's, just using them to recon

Wei Wu Wei
01-23-2011, 11:14 PM
eye is the sky all the time.

Rockntractor
01-23-2011, 11:17 PM
eye is the sky all the time.

I was looking at satellite footage from google earth, it was dated march 2010 and i found myself on my tractor putting a culvert in.

Wei Wu Wei
01-23-2011, 11:21 PM
awesome find

Rockntractor
01-23-2011, 11:32 PM
awesome find

I was adding GPS coordinates to the oil leases for when I call trucks out to pick up oil or order repair crews, detail has really improved since they started google earth, it is handy but I'm not so sure I like this.

megimoo
01-23-2011, 11:46 PM
I was adding GPS coordinates to the oil leases for when I call trucks out to pick up oil or order repair crews, detail has really improved since they started google earth, it is handy but I'm not so sure I like this.They'll be able to watch your work in real time.Your cell phone gives off your GPS location when it is interrogated by a silent ring.An GPS guided UAV can go to that location and relay video back to watch what you are working on .

Starbuck
01-24-2011, 12:12 AM
That's nuthin....

One time in West Texas I stood on a tuna can, looked North, and saw the back of my head.