Police Drone Crashes into Police
2013-05-13 0:00

By Sam Biddle | Gizmodo



The Montgomery County (Texas) Sheriffís Office had a big day planned. After becoming the first department in the country with its own aerial drone ($300,000!), they were ready for a nice photo op. And then the drone crashed into a SWAT team.

The Examiner reports a painfully contrived police action-athon:

As the sheriffís SWAT team suited up with lots of firepower and their armored vehicle known as the "Bearcat," a prototype drone from Vanguard Defense Industries took off for pictures of all the police action. It was basically a photo opportunity, according to those in attendance.

"Lots of firepower" and a "Bearcat" sure sounds like a good photo op. OK, time to launch the $300,000 drone. Here we go. Launch the drone:

"[The] prototype drone was flying about 18-feet off the ground when it lost contact with the controllerís console on the ground. Itís designed to go into an auto shutdown mode...but when it was coming down the drone crashed into the SWAT teamís armored vehicle."

Not only did the drone fail, and not only did it crash, it literally crashed into the police. Itís no wonder weíre not able to find a video of this spectacular publicity failure. Luckily, the SWAT boys were safe in their Bearcat.

This would be a fine one-off blooper story if it werenít for some upsetting implications. This is exactly why we have reason to raise multiple eyebrows at Congress, which wants to allow hundreds of similar drones to fly over US airspace.

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Read the full article at: gizmodo.com



Interesting reader comment from the article:
(By Eryq)
"For anyone who has seen a large RC helicopter in motion... you will know that losing control of it for whatever reason is bad. VERY BAD. My neighbor has one. You know those battery-powered tools you can get, with the 18 volt batteries in them? Well his helo is *50 VOLTS.*

I am sure this drone is larger, heavier, more powerful, and has a larger wingspan. Several years ago in Houston, an instructor at an RC helicopter class was killed (nearly decapitated) when he lost control and it ran into him. So imagine the damage that could be caused by one of these larger and more powerful units. It would be like mounting cameras on lions and sending them out into the city, hoping for the best."





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