Wed Dec 5, 2012, 08:18 PM
2on2u (1,843 posts)
Fears Confirmed: Domestic Drones 'Fly Regularly' in US Airspace
Watchdog publishes new flight map, 'takes surveillance to a whole new level'
- Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Digital watchdog the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) published several thousand pages of new drone license records on Wednesday confirming innumerable theorists' fears: that drones "regularly fly" in "national airspace all around the country."
The records, which were obtained by way of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), come from state and local law enforcement agencies, universities and—for the first time—three branches of the U.S. military: the Air Force, Marine Corps, and DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), the group writes on their Deeplinks blog.
>> According to a recent Gizmodo article, the Puma AE (“All Environment”) drone can land anywhere, “either in tight city streets or onto a water surface if the mission dictates, even after a near-vertical ‘deep stall’ final approach.” Another drone, Insitu’s ScanEagle, which the Air Force has flown near Virginia Beach, sports an “inertial-stabilized camera turret, allows for the tracking of a target of interest for extended periods of time, even when the target is moving and the aircraft nose is seldom pointed at the target.” Boeing’s A160 Hummingbird, which the Air Force has flown near Victorville, California, is capable of staying in the air for 16-24 hours at a time and carries a gigapixel camera and a “Forester foliage-penetration radar” system designed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
Perhaps the scariest is the technology carried by a Reaper drone the Air Force is flying near Lincoln, Nevada and in areas of California and Utah. This drone uses "Gorgon Stare" technology, which Wikipedia defines as “a spherical array of nine cameras attached to an aerial drone capable of capturing motion imagery of an entire city.” This imagery “can then be analyzed by humans or an artificial intelligence, such as the Mind's Eye project” being developed by DARPA.<<
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Fears Confirmed: Domestic Drones 'Fly Regularly' in US Airspace (Original post)
Response to Iggy (Reply #1)
Wed Dec 5, 2012, 08:22 PM
2on2u (1,843 posts)
2. I feel safer now, you? I think they like the "idea" of drones, another toy to play with when
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they could be out actually doing the work themselves.
Response to 2on2u (Original post)
Wed Dec 5, 2012, 09:37 PM
Selatius (20,441 posts)
6. This could become a major revenue generating source for cities and municipalities.
Imagine using a small number of drones with the "Gorgon Stare" technology to record the movement of vehicles in your town. You could then write tickets to everybody who didn't slow down at a yellow light and then mail them to the offenders. Major money could be had. You wouldn't have to maintain such a huge network of television cameras at each intersection now when you can have one Gorgon covering several city blocks tied to a recorded database that can be reviewed at any time for real-time violations. The possibilities are vast. It can even be used to follow individuals of interest.
With this technology, the circle can be completed. Prior to this, we could follow a person through their internet habits, their banking activity, their work history, and their telephone activity (e.g. warrantless wiretapping program). Now, with such technology as the Gorgon Stare, you could literally overlay the physical location of the individual on top of all the other data points that can be collected.
It's frightening how much technology has advanced.
Response to Selatius (Reply #6)
Wed Dec 5, 2012, 10:16 PM
DaniDubois (154 posts)
7. I'm sure this is already in the planning stage :(
And if this isn't bad enough, think of police controlling them and being able to shoot us through our kitchen windows from landing in our back yards. Swat drones killing 16 year old kids.