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From Heli-Drones to Drone Boats: Inside the Drone Expo

Foreign military officers came to shop at the megaconference, including one country that's perpetually on America's case about drones.

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Bridget Johnson

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August 15, 2013 - 6:33 pm
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I found this Boeing heli-drone one of the most intriguing, though I’m not sure the guys behind the program had heard it called cute before. The Unmanned Little Bird H-6U can go for 10.6 hours with a 300-pound payload and a ceiling of 20,000 feet. The compact chopper is used for maritime operations, intelligence and surveillance, precision cargo resupply, precision weapons delivery, and as an unmanned component of a manned team.

Even though Little Bird is packing some heat here, the Boeing reps pitched less explosive uses to me, such as flying into a smoky wildland area to find hotspots during a wildfire when conditions would make it dangerous for manned helicopters to plunge into the region. It was one of many examples I came across at the show of businesses pointing out public safety potential of drones as privacy advocates are trying to enact safeguards in connection with government use.

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" Northrop Grumman held a UAV Innovation Challenge to find the smartest guys in the classroom and the top honors went to Emirates Robotics from Dubai Men’s Campus of the Emirates’ Higher Colleges of Technology."

And if that doesn't scare you, you aren't thinking.
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"This little guy will run in the $50,000 range and can assemble at home."


It can assemble at home? Cool! What can it assemble? Could you use it to make money with one of those" assemble products at home" get-rich-quick schemes?
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Cool article with interesting pictures, but they seem to be in every orientation but right side up! I thought every camera made nowadays had auto-detection of this ... But in any event, fixing it is the easiest thing in the world with any photo editor ...

David
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When the price comes down the narcos could use that boat to smuggle drugs. Drones tell no tales to law enforcement.
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Actually, they probably would, since the boat would have its programmed route stored ...
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