Unmanned drones set for QLD skies

Queensland police has announced plans to purchase and use unmanned drone aircraft for drug identification, traffic operations and anti-terror surveillance following a successful trial last year.

Drones have been trialled successfully in wars in Afghanistan and Iraq over the past decade and due to advancements in technology, surveillance drones can cost as little as $50,000 a unit, with a cost of just $30 per hour to run them. Compared with helicopters, which alone cost $500 an hour to operate, you can see why the Queensland and other governments around Australia are interested in drones.

The other main advantage of a drone is that unlike a normal plane or helicopter which is normally used in search and rescue, drones can operate for days or weeks without refuelling.

Would you feel safe knowing state and federal governments were operating drones over residential areas? 

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