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Watch the skies - the private spy drones are coming

Friday, July 13, 2012 - 02:25

July 13 - Drones are moving off the battlefield and into everyday life, but some worry what will happen when anyone can afford a spy in the sky. Julian Satterthwaite reports from the Farnborough airshow.

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Drones are increasingly common sight in the skies of Afghanistan and the Middle East. When the CIA uses them to hunt down al-Qaeda and Taliban militants. -- -- unmanned aerial vehicles or UA vis these -- up big complicated at croft with price tags to match. But drones -- -- the battlefield to civilian life as they come down in fines and complexity of aborted -- That funny -- of new and unexpected -- into the world. It was more storms to now carry out quite sophisticated -- and -- you -- payloads normally it's the camera. The -- to fill me is typical of the new breed smaller and cheaper priced in the tens of thousands of dollars not millions. They're also quiet and easy to fly using GPS navigation and touch screen controls. To mr. -- manufacturers Althea aviation. He's got people setting you'll meet this -- flying. In line of sight then that 300 meters above the ground level not seen by at YouTube and he has an -- -- -- -- Municipal market the micro UA -- means little companies have a chance to stake their claim. But the big boys of the defense twelve all planning to assist on the sidelines. But he defense CEO Dennis mute -- We also see customers. Developing new roles for you ladies and not just defense and security measures but also looking at things like Border Patrol. Environmental monitoring monitoring. We've even had cases where there have been flood zones where no other vehicles to get into. Observe whether there were stranded people that needed to be rescued. But some say what might happen if the next generation of drones gets into the wrong hands. Resorts UAS training program manager -- -- says there are questions to -- also. The technology is good enough and our press testing could definitely use it over the media content from music and this will be discussion about. The the ethics the -- companion -- that they shouldn't. Safety questions also have to be addressed. But -- says the opportunities outweigh the risks. He's been lost but everything from inspecting damaged nuclear power stations to counting people remote homes. Ask for celebrities. You have been warned. What was thought this could be drugs what can you. It's not quite.

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Watch the skies - the private spy drones are coming

Friday, July 13, 2012 - 02:25