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Marketplace Tech’s Drone Roundup

Molly Wood May 14, 2013
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Marketplace Tech’s Drone Roundup

Molly Wood May 14, 2013
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Web forums in the U.K. are buzzing about photos depicting a possible weaponized drone in China. Wired Magazine reports experts are pointing to the so called Li-Jian — or Sharp Sword — an Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle. A recent Pentagon report predicts the Chinese military will soon unveil new long-range drones.

Domestic drones are getting more attention from the government in New Jersey. State legislators want to restrict all drone use in the state unless there’s a terrorist attack. A more lenient bill is also being considered. It would allow firefighters and police to use unmanned aerial vehicles.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police are now saying a drone in Saskatchewan saved a life. An unnamed motorist who flipped his car at night in near-freezing temperatures was able to contact police, but couldn’t guide them to his location. A regular helicopter equipped with night vision was unable to help. Enter a Draganflyer drone. It pinpointed the man’s heat signature with its infrared camera, and emergency responders were able to get him to a hospital for treatment.

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