Woops! Police drone crashes into police…
May 13, 2013

The Montgomery County (Texas) Sheriff’s Office had a big day planned. After becoming the first department in the country with its own aerial drone ($300,000!), they were ready for a nice photo op. And then the drone crashed into a SWAT team.

The Examiner reports a painfully contrived police action-athon:

As the sheriff’s SWAT team suited up with lots of firepower and their armored vehicle known as the “Bearcat,” a prototype drone from Vanguard Defense Industries took off for pictures of all the police action. It was basically a photo opportunity, according to those in attendance.

"Lots of firepower" and a "Bearcat" sure sounds like a good photo op. OK, time to launch the $300,000 drone. Here we go. Launch the drone:

"[The] prototype drone was flying about 18-feet off the ground when it lost contact with the controller’s console on the ground. It’s designed to go into an auto shutdown mode…but when it was coming down the drone crashed into the SWAT team’s armored vehicle."

Not only did the drone fail, and not only did it crash, it literally crashed into the police. It’s no wonder we’re not able to find a video of this spectacular publicity failure. Luckily, the SWAT boys were safe in their Bearcat.

This would be a fine one-off blooper story if it weren’t for some upsetting implications. This is exactly why we have reason to raise multiple eyebrows at Congress, which wants to allow hundreds of similar drones to fly over US airspace. These drones are still a relatively young technology, relatively unproven, and relatively crash-prone. The odds of being hit by one are low, of course, but should a Texas-style UAV plummet ever happen in, say, a dense urban area, nobody would be laughing. Not all of us are driving around in Bearcats.

Source

  1. broadlybrazen reblogged this from note-a-bear
  2. eattentiondeficitdisorder reblogged this from dea-thgrips
  3. privileged-person reblogged this from thepeoplesrecord
  4. decimaldotalt reblogged this from dea-thgrips
  5. sicklycryptic reblogged this from hitemupstylee
  6. hitemupstylee reblogged this from dea-thgrips
  7. dea-thgrips reblogged this from thepeoplesrecord
  8. chicken-snack reblogged this from thepeoplesrecord and added:
    This is frightening
  9. crookedthinking95 reblogged this from thepeoplesrecord
  10. kutandpaste reblogged this from beccacanhazcat and added:
    Fuck this!
  11. thoseassholes reblogged this from thepeoplesrecord
  12. beccacanhazcat reblogged this from queerandpresentdanger
  13. cyberviking reblogged this from queerandpresentdanger
  14. redphilistine reblogged this from thepeoplesrecord
  15. queerandpresentdanger reblogged this from thepeoplesrecord
  16. existential-future reblogged this from cognitiveprimate
  17. fractalresilience reblogged this from thepeoplesrecord
  18. kuoing reblogged this from basedonwhatisee
  19. chiquitalucecita reblogged this from thepeoplesrecord
  20. pineapplexjuice reblogged this from vivanlosancestros
  21. silas216 reblogged this from thepeoplesrecord
  22. sheldon-targaryen reblogged this from thepeoplesrecord and added:
    Let’s just all hope that the drones continue flying into policemen
  23. vivanlosancestros reblogged this from note-a-bear
  24. basedonwhatisee reblogged this from note-a-bear
  25. theyalwayswantyoutoproveit reblogged this from thepeoplesrecord
  26. psychedeliceclectic reblogged this from thepeoplesrecord
  27. banyan reblogged this from thepeoplesrecord