Skip to comments.US Department of Homeland Security looking for (more than) a few good drones
Posted on 10/09/2012 2:47:19 AM PDT by gotribe
The US Department of Homeland Security this week issued a call for unmanned systems makers to participate in a program that will ultimately determine their safety and performance for use in first responder, law enforcement and border security situations.
In a twist that will certainly raise some eyebrows, the program's results of the ironically named program -- The Robotic Aircraft for Public Safety (RAPS) -- will remain unavailable to the public, which considering how involved the actual public may be with these drones is shall we say, unfortunate. Specifically the DHS says: "The information within each test report will be classified as For Official Use Only, and will not be shared with the general public. All company-restricted information will remain proprietary to the SUAS provider, and not shared publicly without explicit consent."
According to the DHS, the RAPS program will feature flight tests to evaluate unmanned systems "using key performance parameters under a wide variety of simulated but realistic and relevant real-world operational scenarios, such as law enforcement operations, search and rescue, and fire and hazardous material spill response." The drone vendors will provide technically mature, flight proven vehicles and their fully-integrated sensors for evaluation. Safety concerns will also be assessed such as the aircraft's capability for safe flight in the event of a loss of communications between the aircraft and the ground controller, DHS stated.
For our own safety, my ass. First they will only be for surveillance. Next they will add weaponry and advanced scanning systems and some pimple faced liberal weasel will be playing a video game with you being the target on his screen. Time to start building anti-aircraft weapons to shoot them down. Maybe even EMP them as well.
They will work in conjunction with the RFID chips that will become mandatory implants at birth.
Hey - look at the bright side. With RFID chip implants we would have known Obama’s real identity.
They should call it: Robotic Aircraft for Public and Environmental Safety. aka - RAPES
The most transparent administration ever...