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The Montgomery County sheriff’s office in Texas had planned a big photo opportunity with their newly acquired surveillance drone. It all went horrible wrong when, according to the Examiner, “[The] prototype drone was flying about 18 feet off the ground [and] it lost contact with the controller’s console on the ground. It’s designed to go into an auto shutdown mode … but when it was coming down, the drone crashed into the SWAT team’s armored vehicle.” (The SWAT team had suited up, armored vehicle on hand, for the purpose of the photo.)
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story mistakenly stated the drone crash happened this week. The incident took place a number of months ago, but remains an important reminder of safety issues pertaining to domestic drones
* The ShadowHawk® is substantially safer than a full sized helicopter since a UAS can easily auto rotate to the ground in a controlled landing even with a complete failure of the main engine. Although full size helicopters may be able to perform this function with a highly skilled pilot, it often results in significant damage to the aircraft as well as injury to the pilot.
* ShadowHawks® can fly safely at low altitudes to provide a variety of inspection functions such as; pipelines, IEDs, railways, etc.
Originally posted by zonetripper2065
Its a shame.............
that no one was grievously injured
Originally posted by Trexter Ziam
This is old news. It's not the OP's fault because even his or her source article had a current date on it! It happened last March 2012.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story mistakenly stated the drone crash happened this week. The incident took place a number of months ago, but remains an important reminder of safety issues pertaining to domestic drones.