Unmanned aircraft to be tested in Oklahoma
OKLAHOMA CITY — The Department of Homeland Security has chosen Oklahoma to be one of the first states in the country to test unmanned aircraft.
They are working with a device called a “RAPTR.”
The RAPTR is an unmanned aircraft made by Tactical Electronics.
The RAPTR can weigh between 30-50 pounds and can fly for about an hour, depending on the weather.
It is equipped with cameras, can see in low light and has thermal imaging.
The RAPTR flies on an automatic pattern set up through GPS or can be flown manually.
Some police departments are using them in standoff situations.
Congress has ordered the FAA to create a plan allowing unmanned aircraft to safely use national air space.
Only licensed pilots are authorized to operate the RAPTR.