Here at the Roswell Flight Test Crew, we pride ourselves on coming up with and testing novel applications for home-made drone aircraft - FPV multirotors in particular. However, our friend Steven in Lakemoor, Illinois - who recently won a shoulder patch in our first-ever Pop Quiz - sent me an e-mail this morning that highlighted an application that we had never even considered...
Specifically, delivering contraband (in the form of tobacco products) to inmates in the exercise yard at the Calhoun State Prison in Georgia. For dreaming up a completely novel application for this technology, the four-person crew that pulled off this caper gets solid "10" for ingenuity - but a zero for execution and foresight.
Unsurprisingly, officials noticed their DJI F-550 hexacopter loitering over the prison and immediately began a search of the area. They found the crew taking shelter in some nearby woods and arrested them on charges of attempting to deliver contraband - which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years, presumably in the Calhoun State Prison.
Guys... Next time, use a fixed-wing platform equipped with LRS. Of course, by the time you get to play with RC toys again, we'll be flying around nano-swarms by means of mental telepathy, so it's probably a moot point.
You can read the original report for yourself in the Washington Times by following this link.
To our friends here in the United States, have a very happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday... And, stay out of trouble!