It hovers easily even in a stiff cross wind, can be equipped with a variety of cameras including thermal imaging, has a 1,500-foot ceiling and can navigate via global positioning satellites.
All the while its pilot remains firmly on the ground.
About the only thing it cannot do, which a regular helicopter can, is carry passengers — unless they weigh less than 1,200 grams.
Aegis Tactical is developing a prototype Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, or UAV, specifically designed for law enforcement, firefighters and other public safety officials. The Bradenton company is a rare provider of the devices — which are coming into vogue for law enforcement across the country as well as generating concerns about privacy from a host of camps — based in Southwest Florida.
Best known to the American public through the unmanned, weaponized aircraft that the U.S. military has been using for years against Al-Qaeda and other insurgents in Afghanistan and Pakistan, UAVs comes in all shapes and sizes.
The Aegis UAV can do 80 percent of what a real helicopter can do for less than what a department would pay for two hours of traditional flight time, the Bradenton company says.