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Starring in Drone Dynasty

Chestertonfan Wrote: Feb 18, 2013 10:08 AM
The EPA already uses drones. Friends of mine who ranch in Wyoming, relatives near Leadville Colorado a and other friends in South Dakota have all seen drones on a regular basis going over their herds, land, etc. standard drones can stay in the air for 24-36 hours. Through a company whose Board I am on, I can tell you that there are "drones" the size of butterflies for special missions. Sounds like tinfoil hat stuff, but they actually exist.
Stuart Koehl Wrote: Feb 18, 2013 10:15 AM
The EPA is using a couple of Predators on an experimental basis. They do not fly routine missions, because (as I noted) there are no rules in place as yet for flying manned and unmanned aircraft in controlled airspace. But RPVs have proven extremely useful in land management, by allowing the monitoring of erosion, drought conditions, fire, plant diseases, and even the amount of grazing done in specific areas. There is nothing sinister about this--the BLM and Forest Service already do this, but with manned aircraft. The difference between a manned aircraft and an RPV is an RPV can stay up for a much longer period, therefore cover either a wider area, or study a smaller area in detail over time. RPVs are also a lot cheaper to fly per hr.

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