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Starring in Drone Dynasty

Stuart Koehl Wrote: Feb 18, 2013 9:10 AM
In addition, when it comes to free-wheeling surveillance, manned aircraft are much better than RPVs. The latter lack an effective wide field of regard sensor--using the RPVs sensors is like looking at the world through a straw, so an RPV must be cued to a specific area, which it can then surveil for extended periods. But a man in a helicopter can take in a wide area at a glance, and then train his high resolution sensors on anything that catches his fancy, including the busty blond sunbathing in her back yard. Which brings up another point: neither RPV nor manned aircraft sensors can see through walls, while persons in their back yards have no expectation of privacy--as anyone whose yard is overlooked by a second story window.
Stuart Koehl Wrote: Feb 18, 2013 1:09 PM
So, basically, yours is an aesthetic objection to remotely piloted vehicles.
Stuart Koehl Wrote: Feb 18, 2013 1:09 PM
If you are in public, it's not spying. You have no expectation of privacy in your backyard, or on the street, or in the woods or any other place. You also don't own the sky above your house, and anyone can use it to look down on you.
Auspex Wrote: Feb 18, 2013 12:38 PM
The difference is drones are cheaper to buy, operate and maintain than it is to hire a licensed pilot. That means you don't hire a licensed pilot to spy unless the information is worth at least what you are paying the pilot so spy on. Drones make it easy to spy on anyone anytime where before, it was a matter of financial feasibility.
evie10 Wrote: Feb 18, 2013 12:00 PM
who said anything against using them for a specific purpose base such as search and rescue? Spying is a completely different usage.
evie10 Wrote: Feb 18, 2013 11:59 AM
so, it is okay with you for the government to set up constant spying on the citizens without probable cause because it is cheap? Nice. Now go move to Russia or Cuba. We do not need this in America.
Stuart Koehl Wrote: Feb 18, 2013 10:56 AM
I don't know Jim, but unlike most of the people here, I do know unmanned air vehicle technology and its applications. I know what it can do, and what it can't do. Most of the things it can do are already done by manned platforms. Do you object to the police having helicopters? Be sure to let them know, the next time they're chasing a burglar through your neighborhood, or doing a medevac from a car crash on the interstate.

Most of the things that scare you the most, RPVs can't do.
Marie150 Wrote: Feb 18, 2013 10:24 AM
jim and stuart are very naive and trusting
Stuart Koehl Wrote: Feb 18, 2013 10:09 AM
I was amused to see that one of the "evil drones" a local police department wanted to buy was already on sale at Brookstone for $99.99. I'm sure the local cops paid a lot more for it, though.
jimwg2 Wrote: Feb 18, 2013 9:25 AM
Right on. Wish Katie and others understood these points instead of demonizing a technology that could relieve the Coast Guard tedious search and rescue stresses and the Forest Service to spot fires before they wipe out forests and neighborhoods. What Katie doesn't understand is Big Brother is already here in the form of Little Brother; anyone can buy mini-RVPs with cameras at hobby stores on TV and do the same -- and worst. High school boys literally fly pocket-sized "helicopters" into girls bathrooms now, so getting paranoid over the gov't thinking you're important enough to spend time looking at you is kind of the horse long out of the barn. Support regulated unarmed RVPs for Coast Guard, Border and Forest Services, please!
Stuart Koehl Wrote: Feb 18, 2013 9:12 AM
As regards safety, both the FAA and ICAO are working out the details of flying RPVs in restricted air space, and practical rules will eventually be published. But make no mistake, the age of the RPV is here, not just for police work, but for aerial surveying, resource management, crop dusting, medical evacuation, logging and resource extraction, cargo hauling and myriad other tasks now done by manned aircraft. Get over it, people, and deal.

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