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Response to GeorgeGist (Reply #35)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 11:17 AM

39. Nice RC model. What's its payload do you think?

People have been flying RC planes for many, many years. Some even carry cameras. It's a fun hobby, but I really can't afford it.

See, that technology has been around since the 1970s. More recently, wireless video cameras have been added to the stuff people can put on those RC models. But, here's the deal: Those inexpensive models have to be flown by an operator who can see them in flight from the ground. They're not much use for other types of operation.

UAV's that can be operated remotely by an operator who can't see the plane require much more in the way of electronics and controls. They have to have high-end GPS, live navigation cameras that can stream video for the operator. That can use cell phone technology, though. When you get into the category of equipment that would be useful to police, your $350 won't go very far.

What you're showing is an RC model of a military UAV. That's not what we're talking about here. You might be able to spy on your neighbor with that, but that would probably piss the neighbor off, so I wouldn't advise it.

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