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21 February 2001 Low-cost inflatable lighter-than-air remote surveillance system
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Proceedings Volume 4232, Enabling Technologies for Law Enforcement and Security; (2001)
Event: Enabling Technologies for Law Enforcement, 2000, Boston, MA, United States
As the size, weight, and cost of miniature electronics have continued to decrease, the feasibility of developing portable, low-cost, unmanned surveillance systems has increased tremendously in recent years. Today, manufacturers are developing small, unmanned surveillance aircraft for both military and civilian applications. However, many military, paramilitary, and civilian applications require the surveillance platform to remain stationary over a given area for extended periods. Furthermore, most current unmanned surveillance aircraft are too large to be carried by the operators in the field and require special support equipment. This paper describes the preliminary design and analysis of a lighter-than-air vehicle based surveillance system that is lightweight, portable, and will allow extended station keeping over a desired position. This new system can be applied to military surveillance and reconnaissance, border patrol/law enforcement, search and rescue, surveying, and photographic mapping.
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Jason S. Kiddy, John B. Niemczuk, and Peter C. Chen "Low-cost inflatable lighter-than-air remote surveillance system", Proc. SPIE 4232, Enabling Technologies for Law Enforcement and Security, (21 February 2001);

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