Impossible Aerospace built a drone last year which is essentially the Tesla of drones. The US-1 quadcopter can fly up to two hours per charge.
A model with a fitted FLIR camera was flown above the Denny’s restaurant in Campbell, California which was part of the armed gunman standoff. On February 8th, a man started his day with a cup of coffee at 5AM. Later this man pulled a gun on an employee. Police used a bomb-sniffing robot as well as the drone to assist with the situation.
The Impossible Aerospace US-1 flew for 45 minutes while using its FLIR thermal camera in addition to a normal camera to assist monitoring the building from above. SWAT teams used tear gas to try and flush out the suspect. The drone’s camera spotted tear gas escaping through a kitchen vent, instead of getting the suspect to leave the building.
From this feedback, SWAT decided to use even more tear gas. When the suspect finally surrendered, it was believed to be due to the tear gas used.
Police Captain Gary Berg stated after the incident:
“The use of the US-1 drone helped us optimize the safety of our officers and the community while providing valuable information to the command post through the live video feed.”
The Impossible Aerospace US-1 drone starts at $7,500 without any cameras.
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