I think the PR folks are scrambling a bit after one of our local stations crashed HPD’s semi-secret UAV demo:

Houston is one of two cities chosen by the Federal Aviation Administration to test whether unmanned aircraft can be used safely in an urban environment, authorities said.

During the testing period, expected to run at least until next June, HPD and the Miami-Dade Police Department will help the FAA establish national flight guidelines, such as how the small aircraft can be deployed and what training is needed to operate them.

“At this point, the project is strictly on a research level,” Executive Assistant Chief Martha Montalvo said.

The UAV in the KPRC video looks pretty familiar. I’m almost positive that it’s the Insitu ScanEagle. Boeing had a hand in ScanEagle’s development and their site details some of the bird’s impressive capabilities.

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