AerospaceFan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2672 times:
The BBC reports that the Los Angeles Police Department plans to use model plane-sized surveillance aircraft to assist in its general duties. The planes are so small that they are nearly impossible to see from a typical distance.
These motorized, camera-equipped aircraft can be stored in a backpack and are launched by simply throwing them into the air.
It's all well and good that they want to use these tiny machines, but just wait until one crashes into a Hollywood limousine or, worse, is attacked by a local bird of prey. I can just imagine a couple of hawks tangling with one of these things during mating season!
DeltaSFO From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2488 posts, RR: 22
Reply 1, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2612 times:
Commander Heal is quick to point out that it is not their intention to launch 'big brother' style surveillance operations.
"There's no place in an urban environment that you can go to right now that you're not being looked at with a video camera and you have nothing to fear from your own government - you are being watched by your fellow citizens," he says.
That quote sounds like something straight out of a Soviet era news agency.
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