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Unmanned Drones To Drop Avy Bombs!

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Great idea or not? :

News article in the local rag........

DOT testing unmanned drone
Remote-controlled chopper could be used for avalanche safety, search and rescue, law enforcement
By Joyce Campbell
An unmanned helicopter took off from Washington Pass, disappeared over the horizon and came back to a team of researchers. Mission accomplished.
"It did wonderfully," said Marty Schmoker, avalanche control supervisor for the North Central region of the Washington State Department of Transportation. In the recent test, the vehicle performed repeated visits to assigned targets, dropping simulated bombs that – if armed – could be used for avalanche control.
It could be used for surveillance, finding lost hikers and injured people, dropping supplies, flying the highway when closed, forest fires and possibly be used for avalanche control, according to Schmoker.
"We have no immediate plans, we’re just experimenting," he said. The DOT is the facilitator for the experiments, which are a joint effort by the Department of Transportation’s avalanche control team, the University of Washington and the U.S. Army Aviation Applied Technology Directorate.
Information from the recent experiment will be presented to the U.S. Border Patrol, the sheriff’s department and local search and rescue leaders, forest fire managers, the Drug Enforcement Agency, the DOT aviation department, avalanche control and other agencies interested in adapting the new technology to their operations.
The artificial intelligence aboard the drone can be programmed to do certain tasks, go over the horizon, take video, photos, drop a payload, return and land. Real-time photos and information can be beamed to a satellite and received on the ground.
The unmanned helicopter could be used in place of a manned helicopter and not risk the life of a pilot, said Schmoker. The smaller version would also cost less than the millions of dollars that a helicopter costs. He said the commercially available Yamaha helicopter is used in Japan for crop dusting.
"If this software works, it can be used in other vehicles," said Schmoker. Georgia Institute of Technology professors developed the software for the U.S. military and were interested in adapting it for other uses. Another test run of the machine may be planned for next spring.
"If it could fly in our most extreme environment, it should work in most environments," said Schmoker.
post #2 of 7
So if you see this thing coming over the ridge, Get the hell out of there
post #3 of 7
I think it's a good idea.
But then, I would. :

srsly - beats using military artillery or permanent installations. This can be done for under $5000 in mostly OTS parts.
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It would be nice to get instant airborne avi control on a SAR mission.
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Alternatively, they could just give hand charges to those guys in the wingsuits and let them hit the trigger zones as they cruise by.

: : :
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Originally Posted by razorslug View Post
So if you see this thing coming over the ridge, Get the hell out of there
...you're sure right on that one razorslug. Ya' think there's any subsystem aboard that recognizes via GPS plotting and FLIR that either a paid customer or any human being exists within the crosshairs....;-)
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:-):-)...too funny Bob ..;-)
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