Skip to comments.Big Brother flies into Valley with 'crime-fighting' eyes
Posted on 07/16/2009 7:11:50 AM PDT by BGHater
LANCASTER - In what they say is the first step toward a new era in law enforcement techniques, city officials are testing a small airplane mounting a high-tech surveillance camera to help fight crime.
The aerial surveillance system features high-definition video recording technology that is capable of viewing people or objects several miles away and whose images can later be magnified to identify the individuals, officials said.
"You never know when you are being watched or followed. It would be stupid to commit a crime. You see it with such detail," said Mayor R. Rex Parris, who took a ride last week in a camera-equipped airplane with pilot Dick Rutan.
"I have every hope that Lancaster will be the first city to deploy it. I've never been so excited about anything."
Such surveillance technology is used by the military, NASA and a limited number of other federal agencies, but Lancaster would be the first entity in the United States to use it for general public safety, officials said.
Parris asked Rutan, a Mojave Air and Space Port commissioner who is famous for piloting the Voyager aircraft around the world nonstop and unrefueled in 1986, for assistance in developing the concept of placing an "eye in the sky" over Lancaster.
At first, Rutan looked into deploying the camera on an unmanned aircraft to patrol the city's skies, but that proved to be too expensive and faced too many difficulties with Federal Aviation Administration regulations.
Using a conventional small plane "solves all kinds of problems," Rutan said. "It's a lot cheaper to have a pilot on board than a drone."
For the first demonstration flight last week, the camera was mounted on a Cessna Caravan, but Rutan is researching smaller general aviation aircraft for the aerial platform.
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We’re all saved now ....
You get the impression they’re working on the suppository cam, and it’s only a matter of time.
We’ll see how he jumps up and down then.
As for his wife, she must be a real cracker in bed.
What a complete and total waste of time and money. How well does it work in rain, snow, fog, sleet, hail? How well does it work at night? can it see through building, if not then you need 4 or five flying at once.
Maybe they should think about putting those cameras in party stores and banks so they can get some "good" videos. Those that I've seen on TV of crooks caught in the act leave a lot to be desired in terms of quality.....
One Nation, Under Surveillance....
Guns work too, and are cheaper.
I am dismayed that Dick Rutan would have had anything to do with this spying.