A number of counties in North Dakota are involved in a project that combines law enforcement and research. The project, which will test small remote controlled air craft in a law enforcement setting, is headed up by Grand Forks deputy sheriff Al Frazier, who is also an assistant professor at the University of North Dakota.
The project will test a fixed wing air craft with 4 foot wing span, and a 3 foot helicopter.
The fixed wing model manufactured by AeroVironment, Inc., has an air time of over an hour and costs $175,000. The helicopter manufactured by Draganfly Innovations Inc., with a flight time of 30 minutes, carries a price tag of $45,000.
Both units are equipped with cameras capable of transmitting streaming video.
Both require a 2-man crew.