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11 Apr 2012

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DIY GEOINT: Aerial Filming Done Using a Micro-UAV

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We always get excited about GEOINT technologies and applications making their way into the hands of the average consumer. From the rise of geo-location apps to now people using micro-UAVs to film pretty much everything, we dig it all. So, we had to showcase a video by Jamie Johnson, a rather skilled mountain biker, who uses a remote UAV and a Canon 550d to film some gnarly biking action. Be sure to check this out.

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27 Apr 2010

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CIA To Use “Micro-UAVs” — the Size of a Pizza Platter — To Minimize Civilian Casualties

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In an effort to minimize civilian casualties, the CIA is using smaller missiles and more advanced surveillance techniques to target suspected insurgents in Pakistan’s tribal areas. Some of these efforts, as highlighted by the Washington Post, include a 21-inch Small Smart Weapon that is roughly the diameter of a coffee cup with four different guidance systems that allow it to home in on targets as small as a single person, in complete darkness, as well as “Micro-UAVs.” These are un-manned surveillance drones that carry no weapons and can be roughly the size of a pizza platter. They are capable of monitoring potential targets at close range, for hours or days at a stretch. At night, they can be nearly impossible to detect. Wow. Little pizza platter-sized drones floating through the air – without anyone seeing them. Invisible GEOINT that causes more accuracy and decreases the likelihood for civilian casualties. Sounds like a step in the right direction. Read the full Washington Post article here.

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