posted on Nov, 8 2010 @ 02:58 PM
reply to post by Big Raging Loner
A kid that worked in my mechanic shop bought a remote control helicopter and mounted a little camera on it and flies it in his neighborhood to spy on
the kids he suspected were messing with his stuff. Took him all of $300 and an afternoon of tweaking.
So......to hear that "universities" are working to "develop" such a thing sounds a little exaggerated. No offense to OP.
There are 100's of model airplanes and model helicopters that are the size of a pizza box, and there are very little restrictions on flying them,
although there is a lot of liability in doing so. They are pretty powerful, and they can cause severe personal or property damage. Flying one over a
busy street or residential area seems pretty risky to me, but I can see why someone would want to do so with those big paparazzi paydays! Imagine a
pic of Lady Gaga standing up to take a pea off her deck!! BIG MONEY!!
There is also the issue of airspace. Private property has a claim to a certain amount of airspace, and then the local authorities have space above
that, and then the FAA controls space beyond that. It seems trespassing, and invasion of privacy would apply unless the little craft could get some
significant altitude, and that type of power and altitude would come with even more restrictions, flying ability, and liability for the size and power
of the craft.
Plus, if I were a star, I would make sure to have at least one Jethro with a shotgun around. A good bird gun with a full choke could down their
camera pretty quickly!!