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UAS for public safety promoted

Public safety agencies who have seen the effectiveness of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in war want them to snoop around your back yard,  There are already UAS patrolling the Mexican border.  Police also want them to be able to fly over and show pictures of a possible hostage scene, to look at traffic and for other kinds of surveilance.

Citizens groups are concerned that what we consider privacy will be gone.  

http://www.upi.com/Business_News/Security-Industry/2011/10/31/UAS-for-public-safety-agencies-debuts/... 

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UAS are made not only in the U.S. but also in Canada and increasingly in China.  As drones are used to scout forest fires and patrol our borders, government agencies want to use it to seek lost children, farmers may want to use it to spray crops and highway engineers want to check out roads in adverse conditions.

The problem is, the generation of UAS the FAA will approve is likely to be made in a foreign country.  I wonder what secret chips will be in the circuitboards?  Smiley Happy

http://newsok.com/lt.-gov.-todd-lamb-drone-boom-may-be-in-oklahomas-future/article/3619996 

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A Monatana company is betting on unmanned aircraft systems to be used commercially.

 

"These aircraft will transition from today’s military-centric role to one of performing cost-effective civilian applications such farming, wildlife management and wildfire command and control,” he said." 

 

http://www.dailyinterlake.com/news/local_montana/article_e1a71c58-04ed-11e1-8da4-001cc4c03286.html 

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Fly airplane with iPhone

This interesting embedded video shows the thinking and interaction between industry and academia that is likely to affect not only aviation but agriculture some day.  Remotely controlling sophisticated processes is obviously on the horizon in agriculture.

 

The embedded video is worth the watch if you want to see the thinking behind remote control.  This is not kids' stuff.

 

http://www.webpronews.com/flying-planes-with-an-iphone-2011-11 

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Japan Ministry of Defense bulds flying spere UAV

This fascinating video shows a UAV the Japanese Minstry of Defense built for about $1100 of off-the-shelf parts.  It flies in all directions, can go into buildings, hover and send back video or what is in it's view.  Could be handy for disaster missions or just checking out the hog barn.

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Australian UAS spraying crops

Australians are experimenting with tiny remote planes that they claim will spray crops without so much herbicide.  I'm not sure how that works, but somebody is working on it.

 

http://www.vision-systems.com/articles/2011/11/robot-vision-helps-guide-uav-for-crop-spraying.html 

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Counting birds from drone

Spaniards couldn't get close enough to count a flock of rare birds, so they put a camera in a small drone and flew it over the colony.  Worked fine.

http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2011/11/bird-counting-flying-robot/ 

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Cops wanty UAS

Police departments are listing the many ways they can use UAV.  Citizens are concerned about invasion of privacy.

http://www.theatlanticcities.com/technology/2011/11/drones-force/503/ 

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