SPD holds drone show and tell

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on April 27, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Updated Friday, Apr 27 at 6:49 PM

Seattle Police are showing off the unmanned aerial vehicles (aka drones) they're testing, thanks to permission the department got from the FAA.

KING 5 News's Linda Brill reports that the SPD's drone is called the Dragonflyer X6.  It's just larger than a breadbox and weighs about 3 pounds. It has three cameras --still, video and infra red.

The Dragonflyer has a short battery life, SPD said. It can fly for about ten minutes before it needs a battery change.

This drone is not programmed to fly autonomously.  FAA rules require two people to operate it, and the FAA requires police to clear an area below where the drone is flying.

See also: Seattle Police say they don't plan to use drones for surveillance

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