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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Spy Drones Take Off into Olympic Sky

Monitoring Olympic Sky 2012
From the UK, video surveillance country number one in Europe and host of the Summer Olympics 2012, the Brittish Guardian reports about police plans to use spy drones for "routine" monitoring of antisocial motorists, protesters, agricultural thieves and fly-tippers, in a significant expansion of covert state surveillance. BAE Systems, 2nd largest global defence company based on 2009 revenues, is already adapting its military drones for a consortium of government agencies led by Kent police.
New German Microdrones Take Off
But BAE drones will not be alone. German microdrones GmbH, located in Buchen, has recently launched the new new md4-1000, a rotary wing based micro UAV. It can carry a most diverse range of imaging, video and other sensor systems. Check out the video below for a test flight.

The civilian market for unmanned aerial vehicles, UAVs, is expected to grow up to $2 billion over the next 10 years according to a UK Trade & Investment report. Market drivers are increased demand of aerial photography, surveillance, plant inspection, fire and rescue service, border control, police monitoring. 

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