Editor's Note: Many thanks to our friends at TASER International for equipping me with the TASER AXON Flex body-worn video camera and Evidence.com digital evidence management solution for secure video storage and retrieval.
During IACP 2012 in San Diego, I was able to spend a little time with the folks from AeroVironment — the company that makes the Raven and Wasp Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UASs) for the United States military — to get a quick précis of their new system being introduced to the American law enforcement market in the coming months.
The Qube is a rugged little UAS with an estimated flight endurance of about 40 minutes, and a range radius of around 1 kilometer (about a third of a mile). Specifically meant for first responders, the Qube fits in the trunk of a squad car, and can be assembled and ready for flight in less than five minutes.
Check out my brief interview with Roy Minson of AeroVironment.
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Doug Wyllie is Editor in Chief of PoliceOne, responsible for setting the editorial direction of the website and managing the planned editorial features by our roster of expert writers. An award-winning columnist — he is the 2014 Western Publishing Association "Maggie Award" winner in the category of Best Regularly Featured Digital Edition Column — Doug has authored more than 800 feature articles and tactical tips on a wide range of topics and trends that affect the law enforcement community. Doug is a member of International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), an Associate Member of the California Peace Officers' Association (CPOA), and a member of the Public Safety Writers Association (PSWA). Even in his "spare" time, he is active in his support for the law enforcement community, contributing his time and talents toward police-related charitable events as well as participating in force-on-force training, search-and-rescue training, and other scenario-based training designed to prepare cops for the fight they face every day on the street.
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