War Games: Egg carton style UAVs launched by slingshots?
Allison Barrie takes a look at slingshot UAVs for America's heartland
- Duration 7:19
- Date Apr 20, 2012
Allison Barrie takes a look at slingshot UAVs for America's heartland
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And welcome back to foxnews.com.
Live and joining me on the set right now is Allison -- our military defense specialist always great to have you here think that -- and it's another story this week which will be posted on foxnews.com later today.
About civilian uses for a military application in this case drones or unmanned air vehicles as they are.
Officially known as and they are helping out with out water delivery environmental.
Benefits yeah I love this story for a couple of reasons in the besides OA's newest -- plug this thing there most birds -- -- -- they did it.
One is and I think it's a huge fan of the workings followers like to see these creative applications and traditional military technology exists anonymous -- -- -- -- seen as a media likes to call it.
With the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq but.
There's a lot of potential for home and use him as it stands it's very restricted.
If the US air -- you can get them authentication from FAA and is promised reviewed the NASA DHS -- expect that.
You know the a university actually can you talk state university apology -- -- her.
They fought hard and gotten authentication to you by their phone maybe plead out in the out in Utah and address -- key problem that they've got out there so.
Lynching -- -- -- -- and become kind environmental crusaders out there.
And yeah obviously it's an arid climate and water is a critical -- And they they thought there was a problem and they decided to tackle it and it's.
Another big -- which is another reason why did -- you know I love these stories in American ingenuity and writing a shoestring budget situation Patti -- and matching programs they're putting 150 K into these through.
You know it's self starter for -- -- 210 K for these guys.
I really love it the ingenuity after an inter -- went into this program so the benefit of using unmanned drone to fly over of the desert areas and the farm areas to figure out where there's there's going to be a need.
It's -- it's just it's cheaper than having to have pilots.
And taking pictures of setter on what are the benefits over.
Love that you -- raise the cost issues that.
You know the standard delivery for dated this sort of information on can be incredibly costly -- and you always have that issue with the satellites in terms of the timing that their overheads and you know get the -- -- necessary that frequently thinking you talked.
To every sixteen days which isn't necessarily fit for purpose for a lot of these studies and the conceded that they need to collect friends -- useful.
You know other -- -- he -- Friday yea he's perfect because it also gives you that the high -- is often that you might appeal to get on the satellites as well.
They -- inside from the water -- -- my just to touch on their accomplishments it.
It sounds like my -- much but they have managed to -- -- the water diversion for agriculture represents about 85% of the water -- out there when I understand.
And because of this this worked then don't they may be program capturing the data the used to cameras onboard that he told me you need -- And then he'd really been in -- into the tip into the process in the data because as you know -- in the big problem is actually capturing the -- it's like how do you process -- could have huge volumes that you can't use it it's not.
You can't serve piece it together what's the point -- but indeed they saw this water problem where they've managed to get several percentage points of water for the rest of the economy would.
Actually -- -- -- the huge amount of water.
Well like much but it really does and they've also been assisting in -- well and preservation.
You know throughout the country we've got these -- invasive predators from taking over local habitats and to be incredibly instruments on documenting -- -- that progress so.
It is it's interesting across the board they've got a lot of -- environments and applications which -- really was relieved to see so you mentioned that to take some training to learn how to interpret the data that comes and if so who conducts that training -- great question today -- it it's it's it's -- -- Nikkei is there's going to be a lot of who hot this is.
When it is controversial issues in in our business there's been a lot of talk of -- Iran you navy's newest there's been flooded and there are concerns for safety you know FDA has really been very strict about who is -- -- -- -- -- So via syndication program has its attention on his very did well it's what you'd expect so just the -- pilot has to serve.
Long flight hours and keep in training up to speed -- -- As does serve you made the operator right it got to submit plans for you how they're going to retire cart's image troubled parts -- they'd -- Are intact and -- functioning.
-- don't want courses you may be dropping out this guy he's -- there only several pounds but in some Levy's.
Can be quite heavy fantastic except.
I either way probably going to get knocked -- of those so that's -- a concern in FAA.
One of their big push back and deployment of you -- in US air space is in the they're concerned about the lack of lakes are sent to detect and avoid technology so that's basically -- -- -- saying waiting midair collisions.
And third of February had just this year some quietly at a house pass this bill which is.
Kind of forcing the hand investigating get with the program and open up wider use of -- -- he says.
Unexpectedly has -- -- and we turn into a more.
Sort of widely discussed in the -- because.
People will be concerned and it right no rights to these -- of ending the private companies can have drones up in the area you know where to be stopped you know right.
Obviously there's Claire I think there's really strong -- for security and you security deployments and right have been very useful for example on the border of Mexico.
But -- -- gonna draw a line in terms of commercial usage and you need visas should be very interesting well you especially because he said now you've got private company like an irrigation company or what I -- flying -- over your house.
And lo and they can see what's in your yard and all that -- -- -- and a privacy issues great point and that's another 1 that I am expecting going to see more widely debated it's.
It's seven and -- it's a whole new terrain for us and that the F he's -- a little slow to get the program may.
I was really an advocate for reasons for security purposes and I think here's a great example of some -- it's been.
The application traditions -- military technology is that he's Q.
Environmental purposes and how cool of that but.
We certainly straying into some these.
At and a good had a -- -- it does raise questions about privacy and house of the midair collisions and he's yeah incentives to safety and well for an intriguing.
Application though of military drones are Allison -- thank you as always and once again you can check out a later on today.
Her article is that it would be appearing on foxnews.com.
There's parts of it now and with that article.
You have some exclusive video yes as well guess.
So we'll have to wait for that article on the exclusive videos you don't want to miss that -- -- -- out there for usually flying egg carton says some people video and they can often -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Our war -- correspondent Allison -- thank you as always for joining me.