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Police drone crashes into police SWAT team

Posted on December 8th, 2012 at 13:23 by John Sinteur in category: News


In a recent investigative report by the Center for Responsive Politics and Hearst newspapers, the authors expressed concern that drones were being pushed into the domestic market before safety and ethics issues had been sufficiently addressed. Such fears played out when the first police department in the country to acquire an aerial drone crashed the $300,000 aircraft into its own SWAT team.

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  1. I’m not sure if this belongs to the Department of Irony Department, or the What Were They Thinking Department… :rolleyes:

    My grandson designs and builds RPV’s – both rotary and fixed wing aircraft, and the key is his software and control systems that will use GPS to auto-pilot the vehicle to a safe landing at a known good (safe) site when radio contact with ground control is lost (a common problem with radio controlled aircraft). After reading the article, apparently this is what happened, but the emergency shut-down apparently had not considered that a vehicle would be in the landing zone, and I don’t know if these craft just try to land, or try to land in a pre-planned spot.