Remote Controlled Aircraft for Law Enforcement

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.