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UAV's Assess New Orleans Katrina Damage

Posted 11 Sep 2005 at 13:43 UTC by The Swirling Brain Share This

The Navy has lent 10 Evolution and 5 Silver Fox UAVs to help asses Katrina storm damage in New Orleans. The planes have been taking turns this week flying from the New Orleans Naval Air Station and relaying photos of the devastation below but are mostly being used to assess damage to oil and gas distribution, dikes, berms and other local infrastructure. The battery-powered Evolution planes can stay aloft for two hours and are circling at a low altitude of around 500 to 1,000 feet. At this low altitude it can capture finely detailed images with their miniature cameras and infrared cameras.

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