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Houston Police Testing Unmanned Drone

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Uploaded on Jan 5, 2010

http://www.theytoldyou.com/2755/Houst...

Note: Apparently this is an old story from November, 2007, though it first came to my attention the day I posted the video.

Here's a link to the original story: http://www.click2houston.com/investig...

The Houston Police wanted to keep the tests secret, but the local NBC affiliate KPRC was able to capture footage of the launch of the aircraft and track it using their news helicopter.

Police helicopter pilots told the KPRC crew that the surrounding airspace was restricted and threatened the pilot with action from the FAA. When the FAA was contacted several times by the KPRC news crew they stated that there was no restriction.

HPD, Homeland Security and other guests watched the tests from an area ranch. The entrance of the ranch was blocked by police and the press was not allowed in.

The drone is equipped with surveillance hardware including cameras and can stay airborne for 15-24 hours without landing.

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