From Government Technology:
The idea is to enable the organization to deploy its drones to places its helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft could not otherwise easily reach. Because drones are not manned, they can fly missions without putting human life at risk in hazardous weather conditions, Bowie said.
As Bowie sees it, the FAA approval also will enhance the aerial imagery technology DEEMI uses on its fixed-wing aircraft, which is authorized to fly only at altitudes of 500 feet and up. The lower altitudes at which drones fly will mean better resolution.
The drones’ digital imagery will be live streamed, unlike with the airplane, which must land before sending data.
“It gives us better access to the data faster,” he said.
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