A Brief History Of Photographers On Mars

by CLAIRE O’NEILL

NASA/JPL-Caltech

This is one of the first images taken by NASA’s Curiosity rover, which landed on Mars early Monday. It was taken through a wide-angle lens on the left “eye” of a stereo pair of Hazard-Avoidance cameras. Larger color images from other cameras are expected later in the week when the rover’s mast, carrying high-resolution cameras, is deployed.

The new Mars rover, Curiosity, has only been on the ground for a few hours and is already dispatching photos. Those square, black-and-white landscape images complement those sent back by Curiosity’s predecessors, Spirit and Opportunity.

Although there was a lot of repetitive imagery that came back from those rovers, NASA pared it down. If you spend enough time sifting through the archives, a certain aesthetic starts to emerge: desolate, monochrome landscapes that almost look like film.

According to NASA, we can expect even better photos from Curiosity. The rover’s mast is equipped with two color cameras with telephoto lenses. They will provide “enough resolution to distinguish a basketball from a football at a distance of seven football fields.”

Before we get there, though, here’s an homage to the artists that came before Curiosity. Curiously, the planet almost looks like it could be Utah …

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  • NASA/JPL/Cornell

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  • NASA/JPL/Cornell

  • NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell/Texas A&M/SSI

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Great Ways to Give Back As a Federal Employee

Federal employees certainly give a lot of money to charities; there is no doubt about that. According to the records, they collectively gave $65.5 million in 2011 alone to the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). That campaign then gives the funds to over 4,400 charities around the nation. But many federal employees seek out additional ways to give back to their community, as well as to help those around the nation, beyond just contributing to the combined fund. Luckily, there are a lot of options available!

Getting Creative

Everyone has a special talent or something that they can do that can be a great source of giving back to their community. Whether it’s knowing more about seashells than others in your area, or being able to help drum up a buzz for an upcoming fundraising event, there is something that everyone can do. Think creatively about what you can do by using your skills and talents while engaging in your interests in order to get involved and give back. Being able to share with others, teaching a skill, or putting a skill to use helping is a great way to give back and also pass on knowledge to others.

Here are some additional ways that federal employees can give back:

  • Donate money. This of course is always a welcome option to any charity. Whether you give collectively to the CFC or not, charities can always use money to help further their cause. One word of caution in donating money, however, is to be selective with the groups that you are giving it to so that you ensure it is put to the intended use it was collected under.
  • Donate time. This is similar to the teaching mentioned above, but you would be doing whatever it is that the charity or group needed from you. It may not be in an area of your expertise, but it will probably be where they need the help the most. Giving of your time can mean more than simply dishing up food in the soup kitchen. You can help to promote a fundraiser, give a speech to raise money for charity, or help organize and run a fundraising event. There are many ways that you can donate some of your time in order to help give back to those in your community, or even across the nation.
  • Sponsor kids. There are children in every community who desperately want to play an instrument, play on a soccer team, or take gymnastics. These can be unaffordable activities for many families who are on a tight budget. Offer to sponsor several of them by picking up the tab for these activities. You will be making a world of difference in the child, and that may pay off dividends for the rest of their life, helping to make for a better community.
  • Scholarships. Students are always looking for help when it comes to paying for their college education. Set up a small scholarship program at your alma mater and help a student make it through college. Whether you set up the scholarship based on the college you went to, or the field you graduated in, or something completely different is up to you. The important thing is that you will be helping someone pay for college who may otherwise struggle to finish.
  • Supplies. Teachers are often short on supplies, taking money out of their own pocket to buy the extras they need. Pick up a few gift cards to an office supply store and drop them off at your local school. Suggest they draw names for them to give the cards away to the teachers, or simply slip them into their office mail boxes anonymously.
  • Make connections. Chances are you know people who could be of a tremendous help to those in need or to charities. Just making introductions and putting in a good word can help to create a relationship that will go on to help a charity. As you spend time networking, consider who you can introduce to whom that can help to further a cause.
  • Give stuff. A lot of charities, or even small local community groups, hold community garage sales in order to raise funds to further their activities. If you are cleaning out your garage, basement, or home, consider donating those used items to a group that can sell the items to raise money. This helps you get the unwanted items out of your home, and helps them raise the money they need.
  • Support businesses. Every chance you get, when given the choice, choose to support businesses in your local area, as well as across the nation. This may seem like a small gesture, but it actually carries a lot of weight, when you look at all the things you purchase over the course of a year. Keeping that money in your community, or in this country, will help to give back and strengthen a nation.
  • Support science. Several ways to help support scientific organizations have emerged over the last few years. Websites like ScienceLeapSciFund Challenge, and Petridish allow anyone to directly support scientific research projects that interest them.

Giving Back, Getting Back

There are many ways that federal employees can give back to their community and nation. Whether it’s helping a homeless person get lunch, donating to a shelter, or helping run a fundraiser to gather pet supplies for a location humane society, options abound. There are many things that can be done that go beyond the usual idea of writing a check.

There is no doubt that federal employees are a generous bunch of people. That is evident in how much funds are collectively being raised and given to charities each year. And while checks may help a charity in a big ways, some of these other ways to give back can be equally as effective. Plus, when you give something like your time, you will in turn get back a lot more. What you will experience in working with others for a common cause will bring you an internal feeling of satisfaction that a check simply can’t bring. It’s really a way in which you are giving back, but you tend to also get back!

Great Ways to Give Back As a Federal Employee

Federal employees certainly give a lot of money to charities; there is no doubt about that. According to the records, they collectively gave $65.5 million in 2011 alone to the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). That campaign then gives the funds to over 4,400 charities around the nation. But many federal employees seek out additional ways to give back to their community, as well as to help those around the nation, beyond just contributing to the combined fund. Luckily, there are a lot of options available!

Getting Creative

Everyone has a special talent or something that they can do that can be a great source of giving back to their community. Whether it’s knowing more about seashells than others in your area, or being able to help drum up a buzz for an upcoming fundraising event, there is something that everyone can do. Think creatively about what you can do by using your skills and talents while engaging in your interests in order to get involved and give back. Being able to share with others, teaching a skill, or putting a skill to use helping is a great way to give back and also pass on knowledge to others.

Here are some additional ways that federal employees can give back:

  • Donate money. This of course is always a welcome option to any charity. Whether you give collectively to the CFC or not, charities can always use money to help further their cause. One word of caution in donating money, however, is to be selective with the groups that you are giving it to so that you ensure it is put to the intended use it was collected under.
  • Donate time. This is similar to the teaching mentioned above, but you would be doing whatever it is that the charity or group needed from you. It may not be in an area of your expertise, but it will probably be where they need the help the most. Giving of your time can mean more than simply dishing up food in the soup kitchen. You can help to promote a fundraiser, give a speech to raise money for charity, or help organize and run a fundraising event. There are many ways that you can donate some of your time in order to help give back to those in your community, or even across the nation.
  • Sponsor kids. There are children in every community who desperately want to play an instrument, play on a soccer team, or take gymnastics. These can be unaffordable activities for many families who are on a tight budget. Offer to sponsor several of them by picking up the tab for these activities. You will be making a world of difference in the child, and that may pay off dividends for the rest of their life, helping to make for a better community.
  • Scholarships. Students are always looking for help when it comes to paying for their college education. Set up a small scholarship program at your alma mater and help a student make it through college. Whether you set up the scholarship based on the college you went to, or the field you graduated in, or something completely different is up to you. The important thing is that you will be helping someone pay for college who may otherwise struggle to finish.
  • Supplies. Teachers are often short on supplies, taking money out of their own pocket to buy the extras they need. Pick up a few gift cards to an office supply store and drop them off at your local school. Suggest they draw names for them to give the cards away to the teachers, or simply slip them into their office mail boxes anonymously.
  • Make connections. Chances are you know people who could be of a tremendous help to those in need or to charities. Just making introductions and putting in a good word can help to create a relationship that will go on to help a charity. As you spend time networking, consider who you can introduce to whom that can help to further a cause.
  • Give stuff. A lot of charities, or even small local community groups, hold community garage sales in order to raise funds to further their activities. If you are cleaning out your garage, basement, or home, consider donating those used items to a group that can sell the items to raise money. This helps you get the unwanted items out of your home, and helps them raise the money they need.
  • Support businesses. Every chance you get, when given the choice, choose to support businesses in your local area, as well as across the nation. This may seem like a small gesture, but it actually carries a lot of weight, when you look at all the things you purchase over the course of a year. Keeping that money in your community, or in this country, will help to give back and strengthen a nation.
  • Support science. Several ways to help support scientific organizations have emerged over the last few years. Websites like ScienceLeapSciFund Challenge, and Petridish allow anyone to directly support scientific research projects that interest them.

Giving Back, Getting Back

There are many ways that federal employees can give back to their community and nation. Whether it’s helping a homeless person get lunch, donating to a shelter, or helping run a fundraiser to gather pet supplies for a location humane society, options abound. There are many things that can be done that go beyond the usual idea of writing a check.

There is no doubt that federal employees are a generous bunch of people. That is evident in how much funds are collectively being raised and given to charities each year. And while checks may help a charity in a big ways, some of these other ways to give back can be equally as effective. Plus, when you give something like your time, you will in turn get back a lot more. What you will experience in working with others for a common cause will bring you an internal feeling of satisfaction that a check simply can’t bring. It’s really a way in which you are giving back, but you tend to also get back!

GOVERNOR BROWN ISSUES PROCLAMATION DECLARING SPACE DAY

PROCLAMATION BY THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA


WHEREAS, the challenge and the promise of outer space unites all of humanity in a shared sense of curiosity, hope and wonderment; and

WHEREAS, our quest to explore space has yielded innumerable advances in technology, engineering and every scientific field; and WHEREAS, California’s universities, research institutions and aerospace businesses have made the Golden State a world leader in space science and exploration; and 

WHEREAS, space satellites have brought us all closer together by enabling telecommunications and gathering remote-sensing imagery to map the entire surface of the earth; andWHEREAS, the recent mission of the Mars Science Laboratory, which has successfully landed the rover Curiosity on Mars, represents a significant step forward in our journey to the stars; and

WHEREAS, the leadership of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of California Institute of Technology has been central to the success of Curiosity’s mission; andWHEREAS, the new images of the Red Planet sent home by Curiosity and the technological genius inherent in the mission have captivated the world’s imagination and reinvigorated our commitment to reach for the stars;

NOW THEREFORE I, EDMUND G. BROWN JR., Governor of the State of California, do hereby proclaim August 22, 2012, as Space Day.IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of California to be affixed this 21st day of August 2012.

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EDMUND G. BROWN JR.
Governor of California
What it's like to land on Mars: The last 3 minurtes of the MSL's '7 minutes of terror' - in high resolution


The video starts as the heat shield drops away. You then see the lander slowing, and the mostly-horizontal motion becomes more and more vertical. You can see the dust cloud raised by the heat shield impact at 1:38 in the video, top center of the frame.

 

When the main chute deploys, you see the image sway, and then you see the effects of the Martian winds as the chute descends and drifts in a different direction from the initial ballistic descent.

In the last few seconds, the Sky Crane rockets kick on and churn up the Martian dust, which is so thick it eventually blocks the sun.

Full Duration MARDI Video of final Descent - YouTube:

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LAPD To Realtors: Please Stop Flying Drones Over California

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Real estate agents are known for being some of the most enthusiastic, spirited salespeople in the country.

But now the Los Angeles Police Department is saying they need to curb their latest sales tool:

Drones.

The L.A. Times’ Andrew Blankstein reports that the Department has issued a warning to realtors using drones to shoot aerial footage of homes to make sure they abide by federal aviation regulations.

Unmanned aircraft (excepting some model planes) cannot be operated in U.S airspace without specific permission, the Times says.

The drones are slightly different from the Predator aircraft deployed in war zones. These drones have been described as more “spider-like” (which sounds equally frightening). The image above gives a good flavor.

Read more: http://articles.businessinsider.com/2012-01-26/wall_street/30666023_1_drones-unmanned-aircraft-realtors#ixzz23owANMGp
Most Americans like TSA

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A majority of Americans approve of the Transportation Security Administration, according to a Gallup poll released Wednesday.

The survey found 54 percent of Americans think TSA is doing a good or excellent job. Eighty-five percent said the agency is at least “somewhat effective.”

Americans most familiar with the agency seem to like it the most, as 57 percent of those who have flown with in the last year approve TSA, compared to 52 percent of nonfliers.

The positive reviews come amid some bad press for the agency and calls to privatizeairport security.

The poll was conducted by phone July 9 through July 12, with a random sampling of 1,014 people. Gallup says the margin of error is plus or minus 4 percent.

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Most Americans like TSA

AP photo

A majority of Americans approve of the Transportation Security Administration, according to a Gallup poll released Wednesday.

The survey found 54 percent of Americans think TSA is doing a good or excellent job. Eighty-five percent said the agency is at least “somewhat effective.”

Americans most familiar with the agency seem to like it the most, as 57 percent of those who have flown with in the last year approve TSA, compared to 52 percent of nonfliers.

The positive reviews come amid some bad press for the agency and calls to privatizeairport security.

The poll was conducted by phone July 9 through July 12, with a random sampling of 1,014 people. Gallup says the margin of error is plus or minus 4 percent.

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A Brief History Of Photographers On Mars

by CLAIRE O’NEILL

NASA/JPL-Caltech

This is one of the first images taken by NASA’s Curiosity rover, which landed on Mars early Monday. It was taken through a wide-angle lens on the left “eye” of a stereo pair of Hazard-Avoidance cameras. Larger color images from other cameras are expected later in the week when the rover’s mast, carrying high-resolution cameras, is deployed.

The new Mars rover, Curiosity, has only been on the ground for a few hours and is already dispatching photos. Those square, black-and-white landscape images complement those sent back by Curiosity’s predecessors, Spirit and Opportunity.

Although there was a lot of repetitive imagery that came back from those rovers, NASA pared it down. If you spend enough time sifting through the archives, a certain aesthetic starts to emerge: desolate, monochrome landscapes that almost look like film.

According to NASA, we can expect even better photos from Curiosity. The rover’s mast is equipped with two color cameras with telephoto lenses. They will provide “enough resolution to distinguish a basketball from a football at a distance of seven football fields.”

Before we get there, though, here’s an homage to the artists that came before Curiosity. Curiously, the planet almost looks like it could be Utah …

  • NASA/JPL

  • NASA/JPL

  • NASA

  • NASA/JPL/Cornell

  • NASA/JPL

  • NASA/JPL

  • NASA/JPL

  • NASA/JPL/Cornell

  • NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell/Texas A&M/SSI

  • NASA/JPL-Caltech

  • NASA/JPL

  • NASA/JPL-Caltech

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Space milestone sparks high praise

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NASA Administrator Charles Bolden phones space station crew members Don Pettit, Joe Acaba and Andre Kuipers to congratulate them for capturing the Dragon. “You made history today,” Bolden said.

By Alan Boyle


Today’s first post-shuttle visit to the International Space Station by a U.S.-made spaceship won high-level praise from the White House, NASA Headquarters, Congress and other circles. Here’s a sampling of the reaction:

White House science adviser John Holdren:

"For the first time, a private American company has successfully launched a spacecraft into orbit and berthed it with the International Space Station — an achievement of historic scientific and technological significance and a key milepost in President Obama’s vision for America’s continued leadership in space. 

"That is exactly what the president had in mind when he laid out a fresh course for NASA to explore new scientific frontiers and take Americans ever deeper into our solar system whilerelying on private-sector innovators — working in the competitive free market — to ferry astronauts and cargo to low Earth orbit and the International Space Station. It’s essential we maintain such competition and fully support this burgeoning and capable industry to get U.S. astronauts back on American launch vehicles as soon as possible.

"I could not be prouder of our scientists and engineers — both government and private sector employees—who have contributed to this historic mission.   A passion for discovery and a sense for adventure have always driven this nation forward, and I join all Americans in watching what future possibilities are enabled by today’s great achievement."


NASA Administrator Charles Bolden:

"Today marks another critical step in the future of American spaceflight. Now that a U.S. company has proven its ability to resupply the space station, it opens a new frontier for commercial opportunities in space — and new job creation opportunities right here in the U.S. By handing off space station transportation to the private sector, NASA is freed up to carry out the really hard work of sending astronauts farther into the solar system than ever before. The Obama administration has set us on an ambitious path forward and the NASA and SpaceX teams are proving they are up to the task." 

Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin (quoted in White House reaction roundup):

"This week’s successful launch and delivery of logistics supplies to the International Space Station by a U.S. commercial space company reminds us that where the entrepreneurial interests of the private sector are aligned with NASA’s mission to explore, America wins.  Falcon 9’s maiden flight to ISS — and the other commercial space launches that lie ahead — represent the dawn of a new era in space exploration.  Nearly 43 years after we first walked on the moon, we have taken another step in demonstrating continued American leadership in space."

U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, ranking member of House Committee on Science, Space and Technology (quoted in a reaction roundup from House Democrats):

"If the promise of the International Space Station is to be achieved, it is essential that a reliable and cost-effective means to transport cargo to the ISS be available. Today’s successful berthing of SpaceX’s Dragon capsule to the ISS is an important step on the path to demonstrating operational commercial cargo transport support for the ISS. I want to congratulate NASA and SpaceX and their dedicated and talented employees on this significant accomplishment. I wish SpaceX and NASA continued success with this cargo demonstration flight and look forward to the successful return of the unmanned Dragon capsule.  I also look forward to Orbital’s own upcoming demonstration flight."

Michael Lopez-Alegria, president, Commercial Spaceflight Federation:

"Tomorrow the six astronauts currently aboard the International Space Station will open the hatches to the first visiting vehicle from a private company. Future commercial cargo deliveries under NASA’s COTS and CRS programs will ensure that the ISS continues to be a resource for America and its international partners.

"This is truly a momentous accomplishment for SpaceX and for the industry. The capabilities of the commercial space industry grow by the day, and America is well on its way to having a diverse, cost-effective and dependable space transportation system. The entire team at SpaceX should be commended for their commitment and skill, and thanked for their contribution to restoring U.S. access to the space station.

Commercial Space Flight Lifting Off

The opportunity to travel into space may be here sooner than many people thought according to a study the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Space Florida released today.  Based on a market forecast for reusable suborbital rockets, more than 10,000 commercial opportunities may be available in the next decade for a person to experience weightlessness through space travel and to see the curvature of the earth.  

Suborbital Reusable Vehicles (SRVs) are rockets designed to travel into space without achieving orbit.  To date, existing types of suborbital vehicles have taken hundreds of component and test flights.  Already, five new designs are being developed, with initial operations planned to begin in 2013 and 2014.  

The FAA is responsible for licensing, regulating and inspecting SRVs.  To help the industry, the FAA and other government agencies meet future SRV market demand, the “Ten Year Forecast of Suborbital Reusable Vehicles” analyzes emerging SRV markets and identifies drivers of growth.

The study includes three scenarios of demand for the SRV market based on modest, decreased and significant growth.  Looking at the most favorable “Growth Scenario,” the study finds the number of available seats would increase from 1,096 seats in the first year to 1,592 seats in the 10th year.  The study also indicates that over a 10-year period, SRV flights could bring in an estimated $300 million to more than $1.6 billion in economic impact.

Based on the market study, SRVs have the potential to offer more than just opportunities for space tourism.  Although the leading market is expected to be commercial human space flight, the study also shows that other potential markets include:  aerospace technologies testing and demonstrations; educational opportunities; basic applied research; media and entertainment; as well as, small satellite deployment.  In fact, one day SRVs may also help in earth imagery and point to point transportation.  

A fact sheet on the study is available at http://www.faa.gov/news/fact_sheets/news_story.cfm?newsId=13792

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Missiles, spy drones and warships: Here come the London Olympics

Spy drones are just the tip of the security iceberg for the UK as it readies itself for the greatest sporting show on earth. Taking the danger of terror seriously, London’s Olympic preparations are calling on all corners of the nation’s defenses. There will also be warships anchored on the Thames; attack helicopters on standby, and ground-to-air missiles ready to launch. All that, before you even get to the security on the ground. Such measures, however, may not only turn the capital into a city under siege, but simply prove to be ineffective. Spectators may know for whom they are rooting at the Olympics, but they will not know who is watching them while they are at it. With the possibility of surveillance drones circling the skies of London and police using spy cameras that will leave no place unwatched, privacy campaigners fear it is the start of a slippery slope. “I think it’ll be an absolute tragedy for Britain if the largest part of the Olympics legacy was a surveillance legacy, where we install all this equipment in the name of national security and when the Olympics are over we keep using it,” Nick Pickles, director for Big Brother Watch told RT. The capacity of London’s Olympic stadium is 80,000 people. Ground security for the Games will be enough to fill over 60 per cent of that. Inside Olympic venues there will be over 23,000 security guards and 7,500 military personnel.Outside the venues, another 6,000 troops and 12,000 police. The grand total just shy of 50,000. The spy in the sky has been piloted before in Britain by police forces, but it never took off again after one drone crashed into a river and the UK aviation authority denied granting the necessary licenses. Those licenses are the only legal requirement before this sort of surveillance at the Olympics becomes reality. A minor hurdle for what is already Britain’s biggest peacetime security operation, with the total cost topping $1.6 billion. “It is worrying that the security bill has increased so drastically from initial estimates,” says Emma Boon of the Taxpayers’ Alliance. “One of the reasons being given for this is the heightened risk of terrorism, which seemed incredible as an excuse at a time when the original estimates were made around the time of the London bombings, when London was considered to be a very high risk. It seems incredible they got the estimates so badly wrong in the first place and now taxpayers are facing an even bigger bill.” The budget has ballooned by 100 per cent because initial estimates were woefully inadequate. However, that still could not stop two fake bombs being sneaked in under the radar at the stadium’s dummy runs. Not exactly great value for money. London organizers have tried to play down fears London-2012 will be a city under siege, but with such a massive security operation, the traditional Olympic legacy of international friendship may not be the one that is actually left

UAV's For Goverment Use

Government applications for the Draganflyer X6 Helicopter include: Law Enforcement, Fire, Emergency Measures, Wildlife Management, Environment and Transportation.

  Law Enforcement Conservation Enforcement

We live in a free society which can often be dangerous. Conservation enforcement officials need the best technology to keep us safe, but often their budgets will not allow them to hire such advanced equipment. Not anymore.

The Draganflyer X6 helicopter is the perfect platform for surveying areas where hunting, poaching, or environmental offences might be occurring. Instead of hiring an expensive helicopter, or sending a human into a potentially dangerous situation, you can use the Draganflyer X6 helicopter to capture the video evidence you need.

The Draganflyer X6 helicopter is ultra portable. The entire unit will fold up and fit neatly inside a military grade carrying case. Flight times can be up to 20 minutes (without payload), guaranteeing that you don’t miss a shot. The Draganflyer X6 helicopter can be deployed in minutes, and fly out to the target area rapidly (up to half a kilometer away).

Due to its silent brushless motors, it won’t disturb the scene being surveyed. Choose from still, HD video, low light or FLIR cameras to suit the task being done.

Get outstanding aerial surveillance with the Draganflyer X6 helicopter. You can deploy, fly the mission, and get the pictures and video that your organization needs, and fly back with a fraction of the time and cost of using a conventional helicopter.

Crime Scene Investigation

One of the most important aspects of a crime investigation is the ability to obtain information from the crime scene. Whether investigating a homicide, assault, robbery, hostage taking, terrorist act, break and enter, willful damage, or traffic accident, crime scene information is vital. 

A crime scene dependant on its size and location in its original state may be difficult to preserve indefinitely. The crime scene size in itself may totally exist in an area as small as a restroom cubical or as large as an area covering many acres. The question then is, what is required to best preserve or record the information at a scene?

Many external factors may contribute to the degradation of a crime scene, such as movement of people and personnel at the scene, time of day, and or weather conditions. One of the most relied upon technologies for preservation of a crime scene is photography and videography. This allows for quick and accurate recording of the scene, before it has deteriorated or been compromised.

In some instances a few photographs or a short video can provide all that is required to complete the investigation. What about those investigations that are not so obvious? For those investigations all the information can only be obtained when the investigator has the whole picture, so to speak. It is not limited to a few close ups or one or two short videos, but requires numerous photos and videos from all angles. An aerial overview can complete scenes that may seem like a puzzle. They can show links to other evidence, routes traveled and dispersal of debris as a result of violent acts. All of this evidence recorded on photographs or video allows an investigator to examine that scene as often as required to help solve the crime. It is then also available as evidence for future proceedings.

Unfortunately obtaining aerial photography or videos can be time consuming, costly and does not always get the views desired by the investigator. New technology in remote control flying platforms puts aerial photography and videography at your fingertips. The Draganflyer X6 remote control, electric helicopter provides a stable aerial platform with cameras available to take high-resolution still photos, high definition video, low light video or infrared video. Now you can get an aerial view of a backyard or parking lot, park, farm or industrial area. Get the shots you want quickly and at a very reasonable cost.

Crowd Control

Whether dealing with a spontaneous victory celebration, protest, large outdoor public meeting or major outdoor event, proper crowd management can mean the difference between a peaceful event or chaos with destruction and injury. Even where a crowd has gotten out of control it is essential for management strategy, safety and investigation that current information is immediately available.

With a small profile, light weight and low noise level, the remote control, battery powered Draganflyer X6 helicopter is the piece of equipment you need. Safely acquire and record visual information that enables you to deal with crowd management strategies, acquire evidence and have a visual record of activities.

In daylight or darkness the Draganflyer X6 helicopter is compatible with and can be equipped to fit any one of the following systems: high resolution digital still camera, high definition video camera, low light black and white video or infrared camera system. Live feed from the appropriate camera system can give you vital current information such as crowd size, crowd movement, criminal acts, hazards and perpetrator identification. In addition it allows you to monitor aspects such as deployment and positioning of responding emergency personnel, bystanders and media. When equipped with multiple receivers and display terminals, the live feed can be viewed by team leaders, and at the command center.

With the event and activities recorded you will have valuable information available for review as evidence or as a valuable training tool. Don’t be stuck with limited recordings from ground level when you can get the big picture with the Draganflyer X6 helicopter.

Explosive Disposal Unit

The call to a suspicious package, improvised explosive device, bomb or explosives all have the potential of devastating consequences for personnel responding, people and property in the near vicinity. Being able to identify the subject article in a timely matter can be the difference between an absolute disaster and life continuing in an ordinary manner.

Once a package or article has been identified as the device in question and all civilians and non-operational personnel evacuated. It is vital to get as much information on the article or package as possible without endangering investigating personnel. For this purpose explosive disposal units may rely on a member dressed in a bomb suit to approach the article and glean as much information from close observation. This puts the member at extreme risk. Other teams dependent on availability use a ground based rover style robot with a camera. Dependant on the location of the article and the abilities of the robot, it may or may not be able to provide the necessary information you are after.

With an overall diameter of only 39 inches, a height of 10 inches you can fly the remote controlled Draganflyer X6 helicopter into position for photographs or video to get detailed observation you need, without endangering personnel. The extremely stable flight platform of the Draganflyer X6 helicopter along with the high resolution color camera, live feed, tilt and remote zoom control allows you to pick up the fine detail you need.

Further use the Draganflyer X6 helicopter to get an overview of the scene area. Determine hazard areas, placement of personnel, monitor and record area for investigative and security review.

Search and Rescue

Any time a person’s life is in jeopardy and requires search and rescue you can never have too many resources to help resolve the situation. Where the search and rescue involves areas such as rough terrain, marshes, swamp, tall grass, low bush or wooded areas, the need for a large number of personnel to respond in a short time may be beyond the scope of your resources. In instances where a hazardous environment such as steep hillside, rock outcrop, cliff or a high man made structure is involved there may be a need to assess routes and conditions before the rescue can begin.

To help in those situations the Draganflyer X6 helicopter can provide photographs and video that can be reviewed for clues and solutions. The remote controlled, battery operated helicopter can be mounted with one of four compatible cameras; a high resolution still camera (with remote zoom, shutter control and tilt), high definition video, low light black & white video or infrared camera. Live video feed to the operator or other observers can occur simultaneously. It has a small profile; (10 inches high and width of 39 inches including rotors) and low noise level (approximately 60 decibels). The Draganflyer X6 comes in a rugged military grade case, fully assembled for flight and with all of its components readily available.

Using photographs or the recorded video, the visual information obtained can be reviewed as many times as necessary. Portable and cost effective, day or night operation the Draganflyer X6 helicopter can help you have a successful search and rescue operation.

Traffic Congestion

Beginning or end of the work day traffic congestion is a fact of present day life. Most people expect it and plan for it to some degree. What if the congestion is occurring and it is not one of the beginning or end of day traffic issues. Perhaps a special event like a concert, sporting event, parade, protest march, accident or a major incident has caused a problem. Whatever the cause, when the congestion turns to a crawl or stands still, there is a need to be able to identify the problem and resolve it as soon as possible.

Part of the problem may be getting emergency personnel close enough to assess the situation to resolve the traffic issue. With the remote controlled Draganflyer X6 helicopter equipped with a high resolution still camera or high definition video camera pictures or video can be available in a matter of minutes. With the live feed video feature personnel can assess the situation accurately and make recommendations to reroute traffic and assist in resolving the situation as soon as possible. The view may also provide valuable information for emergency crews attempting to get to the scene or for the evacuation of injured parties.

With visual record of the incident available, reviewing the flow of traffic and the management of it is possible. The review may assist in finding a better solution to the problem: so similar incidents can be handled in a more effective manner.

Training

A picture says a thousand words." Whether you are training for: vehicle stops, building approach, street tactics, various tactical units procedures, security or investigation, let photographs or video assist you in explaining, what should be done, what is being done and or what needs to change.

While ground based video or photographs can provide information for improving procedures and tactics, it can often miss critical components of review that an aerial photograph or video can provide in giving you the big picture.

The Draganflyer X6 helicopter is remote controlled, battery operated and can be equipped with one of four available cameras; a high resolution still camera (with remote zoom, shutter control and tilt), high definition video, low light black & white video or infrared camera. The Draganflyer X6 has a range of approximately 500 meters and a maximum working altitude higher than you’ll want to fly. With its flight time of around 20 minutes (without payload) and live video feed to the operator or other observers you can be sure to get the information you need. It has a small profile; (10 inches high and width of 39 inches including rotors) and low noise level (approximately 60 decibels). The helicopter comes in a rugged military grade case, fully assembled for flight and with all of its components readily available.

The Draganflyer X6 helicopter is very easy to fly and provides an exceptionally stable aerial platform enabling you to get clear photographs and video day or night. Highly portable and able to be operated by one person, take it to any training location. The Draganflyer X6 helicopter can give you the added edge to put your training at a level that is second to none.

Criminal Intelligence

In trying to gather criminal intelligence on a single suspect, small unorganized group, small or large gang or organized crime syndicate there can never be too many tools at your disposal. Conducting a criminal investigation and getting close enough to suspects to gather information with or without their knowledge is challenging. Whether trying to identify persons, number of participants, vehicles, layouts of grounds, compounds or criminal activity, having the right tool to do the job can be the difference in completing an assignment as a success or failure.

The Draganflyer X6 helicopter may be the tool you have been looking for. The remote controlled, battery operated helicopter can be equipped with one of four available cameras; a high resolution still camera (with remote zoom, shutter control and tilt), high definition video, low light black and white video or infrared camera. The Draganflyer X6 has a range of approximately 500 meters and a maximum working altitude higher than you’ll want to fly. With its flight time of around 20 minutes (without payload) and live video feed to the operator or other observers you can be sure to get the information you need. It has a small profile; (10 inches high and width of 39 inches including rotors) and low noise level (approximately 60 decibels). The Draganflyer X6 comes in a rugged military grade case, fully assembled for flight, with all of its components readily available.

The Draganflyer X6 helicopter is very easy to fly and provides an extremely stable aerial platform enabling you to get clear photographs and video day or night. This is the right tool for the job!

Emergency Response Team

Response to a hostage taking or barricaded subject or other high-risk calls relies on accurate and timely information. Strategies and decisions made on accurate information in these instances can save lives and prevents injury. If you have ever been in a command centre during an incident or even in a training scenario you can picture the difficulties associated to creating an accurate diagram based solely on verbal information. Clarification may sometimes be required to determine the number of floors on a building the placement of entry and exit points just to name a few factors. In situations where a timely response can be crucial you may not have the luxury of time to otherwise confirm information that is coming in.

The Draganflyer X6 helicopter with its GPS assisted flight can give you a quiet, stable aerial platform to observe from. Whether you need; a 360° side view of a building or vehicle, an overhead view of: a building, the layout of a back yard, compound, parking lot, open area, bush or wooded area, the remote control Draganfly X6 helicopter can provide you live feed of current conditions from a set GPS hold position or from a moving position.

Even without using the GPS feature, the Draganflyer X6 is easy to fly providing a stable platform to use indoors. Obtain information in areas with sufficient clearance for flight such as long hallways with open doors, warehouse areas, mezzanines with multiple open floors, sport complexes, large open industrial complexes etc.

Using the high-resolution color still camera, you can take photographs based on live feed that you can rely on for accuracy. Land and download the pictures for immediate reference or to determine plans. Change the still camera for live feed and or recording from the DraganflyerX6 high definition video camera. You are not limited only to daylight, change to lowlight high definition black and white video or infrared video, for night or late evening use. Monitor situations and the placement of personnel for the most effective and safest positioning.

Using the Draganflyer X6 helicopter with multiple receivers and video devices the current information can be provided to the pilot, the command centre and to team member simultaneously. With the Draganflyer X6 helicopter, get the information you need to make crucial decisions that are pertinent to team members for safety and for successful resolutions of these dangerous incidents.

Major Crime

Picture the scene of a sudden death. It is summer and the victim is found by passersby next to a rural road just outside the city. The victim is observed a few hundred feet out into a dirt field. There are numerous footprints and tire tracks leading to and away from the victim for some distance. The footprints lead into a grassy area about 50 yards away from the road. Tire tracks appear from the grassy area to around the victim, and are also visible down the ditch for a short distance and onto the road.

What better choice to assist with your crime scene investigation than an aerial photograph and video of the complete area. With the Draganflyer X6 RC helicopter use it’s 12-megapixel still camera or high definition video you can be sure to get the complete picture as you first see it. Examine the pictures for further important evidence that may indicate the number of people or vehicles involved, where they came from and where they went. The photographs or video may show crucial evidence that has been thrown from the scene by a perpetrator or left by the victim. Combine the technology of digital photography and picture rectification software and determine distances, speed, and sizes of objects.

If the crime scene occurs in evening or night you are not shut down for pictures or video. With the Draganflyer X6 helicopter you can use the Low Light or FLIR camera to assist you in recording the scene. Once lighting permits you can again use the Draganflyer X6 helicopter with HD Video or the still camera to record the scene.

Traffic Accident Investigation

How often have you had to attend a serious traffic accident at rush hour on a major traffic route? It is not a simple job of attending to victims, picking up and removing broken vehicle pieces and clearing the scene. Especially where there is serious injury or death, a complete and thorough investigation is required. The need for accurate information and records to properly reconstruct and analyze the accident is crucial for your investigation.

The clean up cannot begin until the scene has been thoroughly examined, measurements taken, diagrams made and photographs taken. This can involve numerous personnel and take hours to complete, just to free the roadway to normal traffic. With pressures of backing up traffic, extended utilization of personnel and various parties requiring immediate information, it is possible for valuable information to be missed or overlooked.

Using a remote control Draganflyer X6 helicopter equipped with a high resolution still camera or high definition video camera, you can make sure to get a complete record of the scene including aerial photographs, video, and GPS coordinates. The aerial overview can provide information to help determine paths of vehicles, sequence of events and speed. These aerial records, when utilized with picture rectification software, can provide information for traffic accident analysis that helps explain most aspects of the scene. Further more your analysis is more easily explained when you can show direct correlations on an actual picture rather than a diagram.

In addition to providing an extremely stable platform for taking aerial pictures the Draganflyer X6 helicopter allows you to get the information you need in a timely manner. This means that traffic can be restored to normal flow sooner and additional personnel returned to their other duties.

Traffic Patrol Assistance

There is no doubt the greatest majority of police first responses are dealt with by uniformed street cops. Their response plan and action is based on experience and information acquired enroute from various sources and on scene observations. Depending on the nature of the call additional resources may be required to safely deal with and contain the situation. Members responding to calls such as: robberies, assaults, break and enters in progress, disturbances, suspicious persons, accidents, willful damage and other calls may benefit from an aerial overview.

Let us take an example of suspicious person on the roof of a large business complex. With the remote control Draganflyer X6 helicopter with one of its four available cameras mounted you can quickly fly it into position, and get a complete overhead view of the complex. Determine if the call is legitimate. With the Draganflyer X6 live feed capabilities, position the helicopter to take still photographs or video and have evidence of the suspect readily available. In addition to determining the legitimacy of the call, or obtaining a visual record, nobody has placed themselves in danger attempting to climb to the roof of the complex.

The Draganflyer X6 helicopter is not limited to daytime use. Mount one of the available cameras: high resolution still camera, high definition video, low light black & white video or infrared camera and have access to aerial views and recording both day and night.

A bonus of being able to respond with this capability is the time and resources saved. The Draganflyer X6 helicopter can be transported in its rugged military grade case, fully assembled and with all of its components readily available. From the time Draganflyer X6 helicopter arrives to the time you have an overhead view would take less than two minutes. One person can accomplish this all. Compare that to getting addition back up for perimeter and then finding your way to the top of the complex.

How many times have you been to any number of the types of calls mentioned above and could have benefited from an eye in the sky?

VIP Security

Providing security for heads of state or other designated VIPs can tax resources of a police agency. If numerous stops are scheduled in a short period and where the general public has close proximity to the VIP, this is especially true. At these public events, where there are higher vantage points available, personnel can more easily monitor crowds and identify potential threats. Even when the public events are over, issues of security for prolonged stays at any given location require continual scrutiny.

To give you the vantage point you need, the Draganflyer X6 helicopter can provide a solution. The remote controlled, battery operated helicopter can be mounted with one of four available cameras; a high resolution still camera (with remote zoom, shutter control and tilt), high definition video, low light black and white video or infrared camera. The Draganflyer X6 has a range of approximately 500 meters and a maximum working altitude higher than you’ll want to fly. With its flight time of around 20 minutes (without payload) and live video feed to the operator or other observers you can be sure to get the information you need. It has a small profile; (10 inches high and width of 39 inches including rotors) and low noise level (approximately 60 decibels). The helicopter comes in a rugged military grade case, fully assembled for flight and with all of its components readily available.

The Draganflyer X6 helicopter is very easy to fly and provides an extremely stable aerial platform enabling you to get clear photographs and video day or night. Highly portable and able to be operated by one person, the Draganflyer X6 helicopter can reduce the legwork of perimeter security.

Whether you need to monitor crowd activities or augment security monitoring of grounds outside of a facility or residence, the Draganflyer X6 helicopter can provide real time, live feed to personnel.

Emergency Measures Disaster Response

Whether you are dealing with disasters that have occurred naturally or a disaster caused by a manmade event, a quick response is critical for those in need. Being able to quickly get an overview of the extent of injuries, damage, existing and potential hazards along with access and exit points allows you to prioritize resources to start effectively managing the disaster site.

Using the remote controlled Draganfly X6 helicopter you can use one of the available cameras to get an overview in still photo or video form. Live feed to multiple video receivers allows for front line personnel and site managers to simultaneously view current information. The Draganflyer X6 helicopter can be equipped with a high resolution still camera, a high definition video camera, a high resolution black and white low light camera or a high resolution infra red camera. All the cameras provide live feed so you see what the camera is seeing. Record the images you need for further examination and review.

With the Draganflyer X6 helicopter assisting in providing overviews of the current situation in you can take the guess work out of what has occurred and what needs to be done. Manage the emergency site more effectively and assign priorities so help get to those who need it on time.

Fire Fire Damage Assessment

Even before the smoke has cleared people want to know the damage. Whether trying to assess the damage in general or trying to determine structural safety, physically moving through a fire scene may not be your best option. Hazardous fumes and a deteriorated structure may put personnel entering the scene in danger. An overhead view or side profile of the structure could assist in evaluating damage and hazards.

The remote controlled Draganflyer X6 helicopter can provide those views. With adequate room and good sight lines, even interior pictures and video may be possible without stepping a foot inside. The helicopter is battery operated and can be equipped with one of four optional cameras; a high resolution still camera (with remote zoom, shutter control and tilt), high definition video, low light black and white video or infrared camera. The helicopter’s size of only 10 inches high and width of 39 inches including rotors, enables it to move in very close quarters. Flight batteries have a flight time of around 20 minutes, per battery (without payload), and are easily changed so you can continue flying until you get all the visual records you need. Live video feed allows the operator and or others to observer simultaneously.

Let the Draganflyer X6 helicopter help you get an accurate assessment of the fire scene to determine hazards and even identify possible hot spots before your trucks are packed up.

Fire Scene Management

Any fire event has the potential of disastrous consequences not only for the victims, but also for the responders, persons in the immediate vicinity of the fire scene and in the path of smoke drift. Being able to get an overhead view of current fire conditions, positioning of personnel, identifying adjoining or nearby hazards and smoke or spark drift, can give fire personnel the upper hand in fighting the fire and preventing collateral damage.

The Draganflyer X6 remote controlled helicopter can get you that view. The helicopter is battery operated and can be equipped with one of four optional cameras; a high resolution still camera (with remote zoom, shutter control and tilt), high definition video, low light black and white video or infrared camera. The Draganflyer X6 has a range of approximately 500 meters and a maximum working altitude that is higher than you’ll want to fly. With its flight time of around 20 minutes (without payload) and live video feed to the operator and or other observers you can be sure to get the information you need. The helicopter comes in a rugged military grade case, fully assembled for flight and with all of its components readily available.

The Draganflyer X6 helicopter is very easy to fly and provides an exceptionally stable aerial platform enabling you to get clear photographs and video day or night.

Receiving information from personnel fighting the fire and being able to have an overhead view of the scene allows you to be more effective in identifying possible hazards. See how effective your current fighting strategy is and make changes as required. Move personnel out of potentially dangerous positions to prevent mishaps before they occur. Later you can review the photographs and video to confirm methods or see where changes could improve situations.

HAZMAT Operations

A HAZMAT operation, just the use of the term can bring fear to many people. For those whose task it is to deal with it, having the correct, most complete information can be a matter of life and death. To start the operation, knowing if hazardous materials are involved, type and quantity of material, condition of containers, and other environmental conditions are all relevant to successfully dealing with the incident.

To get you a visual account of much of the information that you may require the remote controlled Draganflyer X6 helicopter can deliver the information you need without putting anybody in jeopardy. The helicopter is battery operated and can be equipped with one of four optional cameras; a high resolution still camera (with remote zoom, shutter control and tilt), high definition video, low light black and white video or infrared camera. The helicopter’s size of only 10 inches high and width of 39 inches including rotors, enables it to move in very close quarters. Flight batteries have a flight time of around 20 minutes, per battery (without payload), and are easily changed so you can continue flying with minimal disruption. Live video feed allows the operator and or others to observe simultaneously.

In addition to getting the close up information required, get an overhead view of the affected area and help determine the spread of the hazardous material or plum of gas. Identify areas for evacuation, as well as safe entry and exit strategies for emergency personnel. The Draganflyer X6 helicopter can save you time, when every second counts.

Fire Investigation

What caused the fire, was it an accident, or was it arson? In addition to witness accounts you will need to know as much about the fire as possible, origin, speed and nature of spread, etc. Pictures and video of the fire occurring can give investigators clues to answer these questions. After the fire is out, the work of the fire investigator continues. As with any investigation being able to observe and record a scene prior to any deterioration is invaluable. External factors such as movement of personnel, weather conditions or crumbling structure, may contribute to the degradation of a scene. In addition the fire’s effects on the integrity of a structure may make it to hazardous to be in or around.

To give you the access you need, the remote controlled Draganflyer X6 helicopter with an array of camera options can allow you to get the information you want. The helicopter is battery operated and can be equipped with one of four optional cameras; a high resolution still camera (with remote zoom, shutter control and tilt), high definition video, low light black and white video or infrared camera. The helicopter’s size of only 10” high and width of 39” including rotors, enables it to move in very close quarters.

Start your investigation by recording a 360° view of the fire as it is occurring, from ground level to overhead elevations. Get a recording of the crowd, see who is watching and who could be a witness or suspect. Begin the post fire investigation by recording burn patterns, or see if the structure is safe to enter. Use the infrared camera to see if there is any hot spots that are of concern.

The Draganflyer X6 helicopter can help you with a successful investigation and help protect you at the same time.

Fire Training

A picture says a thousand words." Whether you are training for; fire response, emergency medical response, dangerous goods response, technical rescue or fire scene management, let photographs or video assist you in explaining, what should be done, what is being done and or what needs to change.

While ground based video or photographs can provide information for improving procedures and tactics, it can often miss critical components of review that an aerial photograph or video can provide in giving you the big picture.

The Draganflyer X6 remote controlled, battery operated helicopter can be equipped with one of four compatible cameras; a high resolution still camera (with remote zoom, shutter control and tilt), high definition video, low light black & white video or infrared camera. The Draganflyer X6 has a range of approximately 500 meters and a maximum working altitude higher than you’ll want to fly. With its flight time (without payload) of around 20 minutes and live video feed to the operator or other observers you can be sure to get the information you need. It has a small profile; (10 inches high and width of 39 inches including rotors) and low noise level (approximately 60 decibels). The helicopter comes in a rugged military grade case, fully assembled for flight and with all of its components readily available.

The Draganflyer X6 helicopter is very easy to fly and provides an exceptionally stable aerial platform enabling you to get clear photographs and video day or night. Highly portable and able to be operated by one person, take it to any training location. The Draganflyer X6 helicopter can give you the added edge to put your training at a level that is second to none.

UAV's For Goverment Use

Government applications for the Draganflyer X6 Helicopter include: Law Enforcement, Fire, Emergency Measures, Wildlife Management, Environment and Transportation.

  Law Enforcement Conservation Enforcement

We live in a free society which can often be dangerous. Conservation enforcement officials need the best technology to keep us safe, but often their budgets will not allow them to hire such advanced equipment. Not anymore.

The Draganflyer X6 helicopter is the perfect platform for surveying areas where hunting, poaching, or environmental offences might be occurring. Instead of hiring an expensive helicopter, or sending a human into a potentially dangerous situation, you can use the Draganflyer X6 helicopter to capture the video evidence you need.

The Draganflyer X6 helicopter is ultra portable. The entire unit will fold up and fit neatly inside a military grade carrying case. Flight times can be up to 20 minutes (without payload), guaranteeing that you don’t miss a shot. The Draganflyer X6 helicopter can be deployed in minutes, and fly out to the target area rapidly (up to half a kilometer away).

Due to its silent brushless motors, it won’t disturb the scene being surveyed. Choose from still, HD video, low light or FLIR cameras to suit the task being done.

Get outstanding aerial surveillance with the Draganflyer X6 helicopter. You can deploy, fly the mission, and get the pictures and video that your organization needs, and fly back with a fraction of the time and cost of using a conventional helicopter.

Crime Scene Investigation

One of the most important aspects of a crime investigation is the ability to obtain information from the crime scene. Whether investigating a homicide, assault, robbery, hostage taking, terrorist act, break and enter, willful damage, or traffic accident, crime scene information is vital. 

A crime scene dependant on its size and location in its original state may be difficult to preserve indefinitely. The crime scene size in itself may totally exist in an area as small as a restroom cubical or as large as an area covering many acres. The question then is, what is required to best preserve or record the information at a scene?

Many external factors may contribute to the degradation of a crime scene, such as movement of people and personnel at the scene, time of day, and or weather conditions. One of the most relied upon technologies for preservation of a crime scene is photography and videography. This allows for quick and accurate recording of the scene, before it has deteriorated or been compromised.

In some instances a few photographs or a short video can provide all that is required to complete the investigation. What about those investigations that are not so obvious? For those investigations all the information can only be obtained when the investigator has the whole picture, so to speak. It is not limited to a few close ups or one or two short videos, but requires numerous photos and videos from all angles. An aerial overview can complete scenes that may seem like a puzzle. They can show links to other evidence, routes traveled and dispersal of debris as a result of violent acts. All of this evidence recorded on photographs or video allows an investigator to examine that scene as often as required to help solve the crime. It is then also available as evidence for future proceedings.

Unfortunately obtaining aerial photography or videos can be time consuming, costly and does not always get the views desired by the investigator. New technology in remote control flying platforms puts aerial photography and videography at your fingertips. The Draganflyer X6 remote control, electric helicopter provides a stable aerial platform with cameras available to take high-resolution still photos, high definition video, low light video or infrared video. Now you can get an aerial view of a backyard or parking lot, park, farm or industrial area. Get the shots you want quickly and at a very reasonable cost.

Crowd Control

Whether dealing with a spontaneous victory celebration, protest, large outdoor public meeting or major outdoor event, proper crowd management can mean the difference between a peaceful event or chaos with destruction and injury. Even where a crowd has gotten out of control it is essential for management strategy, safety and investigation that current information is immediately available.

With a small profile, light weight and low noise level, the remote control, battery powered Draganflyer X6 helicopter is the piece of equipment you need. Safely acquire and record visual information that enables you to deal with crowd management strategies, acquire evidence and have a visual record of activities.

In daylight or darkness the Draganflyer X6 helicopter is compatible with and can be equipped to fit any one of the following systems: high resolution digital still camera, high definition video camera, low light black and white video or infrared camera system. Live feed from the appropriate camera system can give you vital current information such as crowd size, crowd movement, criminal acts, hazards and perpetrator identification. In addition it allows you to monitor aspects such as deployment and positioning of responding emergency personnel, bystanders and media. When equipped with multiple receivers and display terminals, the live feed can be viewed by team leaders, and at the command center.

With the event and activities recorded you will have valuable information available for review as evidence or as a valuable training tool. Don’t be stuck with limited recordings from ground level when you can get the big picture with the Draganflyer X6 helicopter.

Explosive Disposal Unit

The call to a suspicious package, improvised explosive device, bomb or explosives all have the potential of devastating consequences for personnel responding, people and property in the near vicinity. Being able to identify the subject article in a timely matter can be the difference between an absolute disaster and life continuing in an ordinary manner.

Once a package or article has been identified as the device in question and all civilians and non-operational personnel evacuated. It is vital to get as much information on the article or package as possible without endangering investigating personnel. For this purpose explosive disposal units may rely on a member dressed in a bomb suit to approach the article and glean as much information from close observation. This puts the member at extreme risk. Other teams dependent on availability use a ground based rover style robot with a camera. Dependant on the location of the article and the abilities of the robot, it may or may not be able to provide the necessary information you are after.

With an overall diameter of only 39 inches, a height of 10 inches you can fly the remote controlled Draganflyer X6 helicopter into position for photographs or video to get detailed observation you need, without endangering personnel. The extremely stable flight platform of the Draganflyer X6 helicopter along with the high resolution color camera, live feed, tilt and remote zoom control allows you to pick up the fine detail you need.

Further use the Draganflyer X6 helicopter to get an overview of the scene area. Determine hazard areas, placement of personnel, monitor and record area for investigative and security review.

Search and Rescue

Any time a person’s life is in jeopardy and requires search and rescue you can never have too many resources to help resolve the situation. Where the search and rescue involves areas such as rough terrain, marshes, swamp, tall grass, low bush or wooded areas, the need for a large number of personnel to respond in a short time may be beyond the scope of your resources. In instances where a hazardous environment such as steep hillside, rock outcrop, cliff or a high man made structure is involved there may be a need to assess routes and conditions before the rescue can begin.

To help in those situations the Draganflyer X6 helicopter can provide photographs and video that can be reviewed for clues and solutions. The remote controlled, battery operated helicopter can be mounted with one of four compatible cameras; a high resolution still camera (with remote zoom, shutter control and tilt), high definition video, low light black & white video or infrared camera. Live video feed to the operator or other observers can occur simultaneously. It has a small profile; (10 inches high and width of 39 inches including rotors) and low noise level (approximately 60 decibels). The Draganflyer X6 comes in a rugged military grade case, fully assembled for flight and with all of its components readily available.

Using photographs or the recorded video, the visual information obtained can be reviewed as many times as necessary. Portable and cost effective, day or night operation the Draganflyer X6 helicopter can help you have a successful search and rescue operation.

Traffic Congestion

Beginning or end of the work day traffic congestion is a fact of present day life. Most people expect it and plan for it to some degree. What if the congestion is occurring and it is not one of the beginning or end of day traffic issues. Perhaps a special event like a concert, sporting event, parade, protest march, accident or a major incident has caused a problem. Whatever the cause, when the congestion turns to a crawl or stands still, there is a need to be able to identify the problem and resolve it as soon as possible.

Part of the problem may be getting emergency personnel close enough to assess the situation to resolve the traffic issue. With the remote controlled Draganflyer X6 helicopter equipped with a high resolution still camera or high definition video camera pictures or video can be available in a matter of minutes. With the live feed video feature personnel can assess the situation accurately and make recommendations to reroute traffic and assist in resolving the situation as soon as possible. The view may also provide valuable information for emergency crews attempting to get to the scene or for the evacuation of injured parties.

With visual record of the incident available, reviewing the flow of traffic and the management of it is possible. The review may assist in finding a better solution to the problem: so similar incidents can be handled in a more effective manner.

Training

A picture says a thousand words." Whether you are training for: vehicle stops, building approach, street tactics, various tactical units procedures, security or investigation, let photographs or video assist you in explaining, what should be done, what is being done and or what needs to change.

While ground based video or photographs can provide information for improving procedures and tactics, it can often miss critical components of review that an aerial photograph or video can provide in giving you the big picture.

The Draganflyer X6 helicopter is remote controlled, battery operated and can be equipped with one of four available cameras; a high resolution still camera (with remote zoom, shutter control and tilt), high definition video, low light black & white video or infrared camera. The Draganflyer X6 has a range of approximately 500 meters and a maximum working altitude higher than you’ll want to fly. With its flight time of around 20 minutes (without payload) and live video feed to the operator or other observers you can be sure to get the information you need. It has a small profile; (10 inches high and width of 39 inches including rotors) and low noise level (approximately 60 decibels). The helicopter comes in a rugged military grade case, fully assembled for flight and with all of its components readily available.

The Draganflyer X6 helicopter is very easy to fly and provides an exceptionally stable aerial platform enabling you to get clear photographs and video day or night. Highly portable and able to be operated by one person, take it to any training location. The Draganflyer X6 helicopter can give you the added edge to put your training at a level that is second to none.

Criminal Intelligence

In trying to gather criminal intelligence on a single suspect, small unorganized group, small or large gang or organized crime syndicate there can never be too many tools at your disposal. Conducting a criminal investigation and getting close enough to suspects to gather information with or without their knowledge is challenging. Whether trying to identify persons, number of participants, vehicles, layouts of grounds, compounds or criminal activity, having the right tool to do the job can be the difference in completing an assignment as a success or failure.

The Draganflyer X6 helicopter may be the tool you have been looking for. The remote controlled, battery operated helicopter can be equipped with one of four available cameras; a high resolution still camera (with remote zoom, shutter control and tilt), high definition video, low light black and white video or infrared camera. The Draganflyer X6 has a range of approximately 500 meters and a maximum working altitude higher than you’ll want to fly. With its flight time of around 20 minutes (without payload) and live video feed to the operator or other observers you can be sure to get the information you need. It has a small profile; (10 inches high and width of 39 inches including rotors) and low noise level (approximately 60 decibels). The Draganflyer X6 comes in a rugged military grade case, fully assembled for flight, with all of its components readily available.

The Draganflyer X6 helicopter is very easy to fly and provides an extremely stable aerial platform enabling you to get clear photographs and video day or night. This is the right tool for the job!

Emergency Response Team

Response to a hostage taking or barricaded subject or other high-risk calls relies on accurate and timely information. Strategies and decisions made on accurate information in these instances can save lives and prevents injury. If you have ever been in a command centre during an incident or even in a training scenario you can picture the difficulties associated to creating an accurate diagram based solely on verbal information. Clarification may sometimes be required to determine the number of floors on a building the placement of entry and exit points just to name a few factors. In situations where a timely response can be crucial you may not have the luxury of time to otherwise confirm information that is coming in.

The Draganflyer X6 helicopter with its GPS assisted flight can give you a quiet, stable aerial platform to observe from. Whether you need; a 360° side view of a building or vehicle, an overhead view of: a building, the layout of a back yard, compound, parking lot, open area, bush or wooded area, the remote control Draganfly X6 helicopter can provide you live feed of current conditions from a set GPS hold position or from a moving position.

Even without using the GPS feature, the Draganflyer X6 is easy to fly providing a stable platform to use indoors. Obtain information in areas with sufficient clearance for flight such as long hallways with open doors, warehouse areas, mezzanines with multiple open floors, sport complexes, large open industrial complexes etc.

Using the high-resolution color still camera, you can take photographs based on live feed that you can rely on for accuracy. Land and download the pictures for immediate reference or to determine plans. Change the still camera for live feed and or recording from the DraganflyerX6 high definition video camera. You are not limited only to daylight, change to lowlight high definition black and white video or infrared video, for night or late evening use. Monitor situations and the placement of personnel for the most effective and safest positioning.

Using the Draganflyer X6 helicopter with multiple receivers and video devices the current information can be provided to the pilot, the command centre and to team member simultaneously. With the Draganflyer X6 helicopter, get the information you need to make crucial decisions that are pertinent to team members for safety and for successful resolutions of these dangerous incidents.

Major Crime

Picture the scene of a sudden death. It is summer and the victim is found by passersby next to a rural road just outside the city. The victim is observed a few hundred feet out into a dirt field. There are numerous footprints and tire tracks leading to and away from the victim for some distance. The footprints lead into a grassy area about 50 yards away from the road. Tire tracks appear from the grassy area to around the victim, and are also visible down the ditch for a short distance and onto the road.

What better choice to assist with your crime scene investigation than an aerial photograph and video of the complete area. With the Draganflyer X6 RC helicopter use it’s 12-megapixel still camera or high definition video you can be sure to get the complete picture as you first see it. Examine the pictures for further important evidence that may indicate the number of people or vehicles involved, where they came from and where they went. The photographs or video may show crucial evidence that has been thrown from the scene by a perpetrator or left by the victim. Combine the technology of digital photography and picture rectification software and determine distances, speed, and sizes of objects.

If the crime scene occurs in evening or night you are not shut down for pictures or video. With the Draganflyer X6 helicopter you can use the Low Light or FLIR camera to assist you in recording the scene. Once lighting permits you can again use the Draganflyer X6 helicopter with HD Video or the still camera to record the scene.

Traffic Accident Investigation

How often have you had to attend a serious traffic accident at rush hour on a major traffic route? It is not a simple job of attending to victims, picking up and removing broken vehicle pieces and clearing the scene. Especially where there is serious injury or death, a complete and thorough investigation is required. The need for accurate information and records to properly reconstruct and analyze the accident is crucial for your investigation.

The clean up cannot begin until the scene has been thoroughly examined, measurements taken, diagrams made and photographs taken. This can involve numerous personnel and take hours to complete, just to free the roadway to normal traffic. With pressures of backing up traffic, extended utilization of personnel and various parties requiring immediate information, it is possible for valuable information to be missed or overlooked.

Using a remote control Draganflyer X6 helicopter equipped with a high resolution still camera or high definition video camera, you can make sure to get a complete record of the scene including aerial photographs, video, and GPS coordinates. The aerial overview can provide information to help determine paths of vehicles, sequence of events and speed. These aerial records, when utilized with picture rectification software, can provide information for traffic accident analysis that helps explain most aspects of the scene. Further more your analysis is more easily explained when you can show direct correlations on an actual picture rather than a diagram.

In addition to providing an extremely stable platform for taking aerial pictures the Draganflyer X6 helicopter allows you to get the information you need in a timely manner. This means that traffic can be restored to normal flow sooner and additional personnel returned to their other duties.

Traffic Patrol Assistance

There is no doubt the greatest majority of police first responses are dealt with by uniformed street cops. Their response plan and action is based on experience and information acquired enroute from various sources and on scene observations. Depending on the nature of the call additional resources may be required to safely deal with and contain the situation. Members responding to calls such as: robberies, assaults, break and enters in progress, disturbances, suspicious persons, accidents, willful damage and other calls may benefit from an aerial overview.

Let us take an example of suspicious person on the roof of a large business complex. With the remote control Draganflyer X6 helicopter with one of its four available cameras mounted you can quickly fly it into position, and get a complete overhead view of the complex. Determine if the call is legitimate. With the Draganflyer X6 live feed capabilities, position the helicopter to take still photographs or video and have evidence of the suspect readily available. In addition to determining the legitimacy of the call, or obtaining a visual record, nobody has placed themselves in danger attempting to climb to the roof of the complex.

The Draganflyer X6 helicopter is not limited to daytime use. Mount one of the available cameras: high resolution still camera, high definition video, low light black & white video or infrared camera and have access to aerial views and recording both day and night.

A bonus of being able to respond with this capability is the time and resources saved. The Draganflyer X6 helicopter can be transported in its rugged military grade case, fully assembled and with all of its components readily available. From the time Draganflyer X6 helicopter arrives to the time you have an overhead view would take less than two minutes. One person can accomplish this all. Compare that to getting addition back up for perimeter and then finding your way to the top of the complex.

How many times have you been to any number of the types of calls mentioned above and could have benefited from an eye in the sky?

VIP Security

Providing security for heads of state or other designated VIPs can tax resources of a police agency. If numerous stops are scheduled in a short period and where the general public has close proximity to the VIP, this is especially true. At these public events, where there are higher vantage points available, personnel can more easily monitor crowds and identify potential threats. Even when the public events are over, issues of security for prolonged stays at any given location require continual scrutiny.

To give you the vantage point you need, the Draganflyer X6 helicopter can provide a solution. The remote controlled, battery operated helicopter can be mounted with one of four available cameras; a high resolution still camera (with remote zoom, shutter control and tilt), high definition video, low light black and white video or infrared camera. The Draganflyer X6 has a range of approximately 500 meters and a maximum working altitude higher than you’ll want to fly. With its flight time of around 20 minutes (without payload) and live video feed to the operator or other observers you can be sure to get the information you need. It has a small profile; (10 inches high and width of 39 inches including rotors) and low noise level (approximately 60 decibels). The helicopter comes in a rugged military grade case, fully assembled for flight and with all of its components readily available.

The Draganflyer X6 helicopter is very easy to fly and provides an extremely stable aerial platform enabling you to get clear photographs and video day or night. Highly portable and able to be operated by one person, the Draganflyer X6 helicopter can reduce the legwork of perimeter security.

Whether you need to monitor crowd activities or augment security monitoring of grounds outside of a facility or residence, the Draganflyer X6 helicopter can provide real time, live feed to personnel.

Emergency Measures Disaster Response

Whether you are dealing with disasters that have occurred naturally or a disaster caused by a manmade event, a quick response is critical for those in need. Being able to quickly get an overview of the extent of injuries, damage, existing and potential hazards along with access and exit points allows you to prioritize resources to start effectively managing the disaster site.

Using the remote controlled Draganfly X6 helicopter you can use one of the available cameras to get an overview in still photo or video form. Live feed to multiple video receivers allows for front line personnel and site managers to simultaneously view current information. The Draganflyer X6 helicopter can be equipped with a high resolution still camera, a high definition video camera, a high resolution black and white low light camera or a high resolution infra red camera. All the cameras provide live feed so you see what the camera is seeing. Record the images you need for further examination and review.

With the Draganflyer X6 helicopter assisting in providing overviews of the current situation in you can take the guess work out of what has occurred and what needs to be done. Manage the emergency site more effectively and assign priorities so help get to those who need it on time.

Fire Fire Damage Assessment

Even before the smoke has cleared people want to know the damage. Whether trying to assess the damage in general or trying to determine structural safety, physically moving through a fire scene may not be your best option. Hazardous fumes and a deteriorated structure may put personnel entering the scene in danger. An overhead view or side profile of the structure could assist in evaluating damage and hazards.

The remote controlled Draganflyer X6 helicopter can provide those views. With adequate room and good sight lines, even interior pictures and video may be possible without stepping a foot inside. The helicopter is battery operated and can be equipped with one of four optional cameras; a high resolution still camera (with remote zoom, shutter control and tilt), high definition video, low light black and white video or infrared camera. The helicopter’s size of only 10 inches high and width of 39 inches including rotors, enables it to move in very close quarters. Flight batteries have a flight time of around 20 minutes, per battery (without payload), and are easily changed so you can continue flying until you get all the visual records you need. Live video feed allows the operator and or others to observer simultaneously.

Let the Draganflyer X6 helicopter help you get an accurate assessment of the fire scene to determine hazards and even identify possible hot spots before your trucks are packed up.

Fire Scene Management

Any fire event has the potential of disastrous consequences not only for the victims, but also for the responders, persons in the immediate vicinity of the fire scene and in the path of smoke drift. Being able to get an overhead view of current fire conditions, positioning of personnel, identifying adjoining or nearby hazards and smoke or spark drift, can give fire personnel the upper hand in fighting the fire and preventing collateral damage.

The Draganflyer X6 remote controlled helicopter can get you that view. The helicopter is battery operated and can be equipped with one of four optional cameras; a high resolution still camera (with remote zoom, shutter control and tilt), high definition video, low light black and white video or infrared camera. The Draganflyer X6 has a range of approximately 500 meters and a maximum working altitude that is higher than you’ll want to fly. With its flight time of around 20 minutes (without payload) and live video feed to the operator and or other observers you can be sure to get the information you need. The helicopter comes in a rugged military grade case, fully assembled for flight and with all of its components readily available.

The Draganflyer X6 helicopter is very easy to fly and provides an exceptionally stable aerial platform enabling you to get clear photographs and video day or night.

Receiving information from personnel fighting the fire and being able to have an overhead view of the scene allows you to be more effective in identifying possible hazards. See how effective your current fighting strategy is and make changes as required. Move personnel out of potentially dangerous positions to prevent mishaps before they occur. Later you can review the photographs and video to confirm methods or see where changes could improve situations.

HAZMAT Operations

A HAZMAT operation, just the use of the term can bring fear to many people. For those whose task it is to deal with it, having the correct, most complete information can be a matter of life and death. To start the operation, knowing if hazardous materials are involved, type and quantity of material, condition of containers, and other environmental conditions are all relevant to successfully dealing with the incident.

To get you a visual account of much of the information that you may require the remote controlled Draganflyer X6 helicopter can deliver the information you need without putting anybody in jeopardy. The helicopter is battery operated and can be equipped with one of four optional cameras; a high resolution still camera (with remote zoom, shutter control and tilt), high definition video, low light black and white video or infrared camera. The helicopter’s size of only 10 inches high and width of 39 inches including rotors, enables it to move in very close quarters. Flight batteries have a flight time of around 20 minutes, per battery (without payload), and are easily changed so you can continue flying with minimal disruption. Live video feed allows the operator and or others to observe simultaneously.

In addition to getting the close up information required, get an overhead view of the affected area and help determine the spread of the hazardous material or plum of gas. Identify areas for evacuation, as well as safe entry and exit strategies for emergency personnel. The Draganflyer X6 helicopter can save you time, when every second counts.

Fire Investigation

What caused the fire, was it an accident, or was it arson? In addition to witness accounts you will need to know as much about the fire as possible, origin, speed and nature of spread, etc. Pictures and video of the fire occurring can give investigators clues to answer these questions. After the fire is out, the work of the fire investigator continues. As with any investigation being able to observe and record a scene prior to any deterioration is invaluable. External factors such as movement of personnel, weather conditions or crumbling structure, may contribute to the degradation of a scene. In addition the fire’s effects on the integrity of a structure may make it to hazardous to be in or around.

To give you the access you need, the remote controlled Draganflyer X6 helicopter with an array of camera options can allow you to get the information you want. The helicopter is battery operated and can be equipped with one of four optional cameras; a high resolution still camera (with remote zoom, shutter control and tilt), high definition video, low light black and white video or infrared camera. The helicopter’s size of only 10” high and width of 39” including rotors, enables it to move in very close quarters.

Start your investigation by recording a 360° view of the fire as it is occurring, from ground level to overhead elevations. Get a recording of the crowd, see who is watching and who could be a witness or suspect. Begin the post fire investigation by recording burn patterns, or see if the structure is safe to enter. Use the infrared camera to see if there is any hot spots that are of concern.

The Draganflyer X6 helicopter can help you with a successful investigation and help protect you at the same time.

Fire Training

A picture says a thousand words." Whether you are training for; fire response, emergency medical response, dangerous goods response, technical rescue or fire scene management, let photographs or video assist you in explaining, what should be done, what is being done and or what needs to change.

While ground based video or photographs can provide information for improving procedures and tactics, it can often miss critical components of review that an aerial photograph or video can provide in giving you the big picture.

The Draganflyer X6 remote controlled, battery operated helicopter can be equipped with one of four compatible cameras; a high resolution still camera (with remote zoom, shutter control and tilt), high definition video, low light black & white video or infrared camera. The Draganflyer X6 has a range of approximately 500 meters and a maximum working altitude higher than you’ll want to fly. With its flight time (without payload) of around 20 minutes and live video feed to the operator or other observers you can be sure to get the information you need. It has a small profile; (10 inches high and width of 39 inches including rotors) and low noise level (approximately 60 decibels). The helicopter comes in a rugged military grade case, fully assembled for flight and with all of its components readily available.

The Draganflyer X6 helicopter is very easy to fly and provides an exceptionally stable aerial platform enabling you to get clear photographs and video day or night. Highly portable and able to be operated by one person, take it to any training location. The Draganflyer X6 helicopter can give you the added edge to put your training at a level that is second to none.

House Approves Increase in Pension Contributions

The House voted Thursday to pass the Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act by a vote of 218-199. The legislation is one that would require additional contributions from federal workers towards their retirement plans.

If enacted, the legislation would require current federal employees to pay five percent more towards their retirement plans beginning in 2013 over the next five years. Federal employees hired in 2013 and beyond would be brought in under the new plan and be paying the extra five percent from the outset of their employment. Members of Congress would have to contribute an additional 8.5 percent to their retirement plans over the same five year period.

The proposed legislation also eliminates a current provision in the law that supplements the benefits of federal workers who are not subject to mandatory retirement, are covered under FERS and who retire before age 62 or the age at which their Social Security benefits can begin. It would apply to employees hired starting in 2013.

However, it is highly unlikely that the legislation would pass the Senate as it’s currently written. The White House is also on record as being opposed to it.

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) said in a statement, “Hardworking families deserve leaders who are willing to meet their legal and moral obligation to prioritize spending within a responsible budget. Earlier this year, the House passed a responsible budget. Today, the House passed a series of common-sense reforms that stop the abuse of public-assistance programs, restrain the bureaucracy’s growth, and eliminate wasteful and duplicative spending. The reforms passed today will reduce the deficit by more than 400 percent of the arbitrary sequester cuts they replace.” 

Federal unions came out against the proposal yesterday ahead of the vote in the House, and other groups such as the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) are on record as being against it as well.

NARFE president Joseph A. Beaudoin said in a statement, “It is unconscionable that nearly 30 percent of these savings is coming out of the pockets of federal workers, who individually have already sacrificed thousands of dollars to get our country’s finances back on track. Under this bill, a federal nurse who takes care of our veterans and earns $45,000 a year will have $200 less each month to buy groceries and pay the mortgage. If the House majority is opposed to taxing America’s middle class, they have a funny way of showing it.”

We will continue to keep you updated on any new information about this legislation as it becomes available.

House Approves Increase in Pension Contributions

The House voted Thursday to pass the Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act by a vote of 218-199. The legislation is one that would require additional contributions from federal workers towards their retirement plans.

If enacted, the legislation would require current federal employees to pay five percent more towards their retirement plans beginning in 2013 over the next five years. Federal employees hired in 2013 and beyond would be brought in under the new plan and be paying the extra five percent from the outset of their employment. Members of Congress would have to contribute an additional 8.5 percent to their retirement plans over the same five year period.

The proposed legislation also eliminates a current provision in the law that supplements the benefits of federal workers who are not subject to mandatory retirement, are covered under FERS and who retire before age 62 or the age at which their Social Security benefits can begin. It would apply to employees hired starting in 2013.

However, it is highly unlikely that the legislation would pass the Senate as it’s currently written. The White House is also on record as being opposed to it.

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) said in a statement, “Hardworking families deserve leaders who are willing to meet their legal and moral obligation to prioritize spending within a responsible budget. Earlier this year, the House passed a responsible budget. Today, the House passed a series of common-sense reforms that stop the abuse of public-assistance programs, restrain the bureaucracy’s growth, and eliminate wasteful and duplicative spending. The reforms passed today will reduce the deficit by more than 400 percent of the arbitrary sequester cuts they replace.” 

Federal unions came out against the proposal yesterday ahead of the vote in the House, and other groups such as the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) are on record as being against it as well.

NARFE president Joseph A. Beaudoin said in a statement, “It is unconscionable that nearly 30 percent of these savings is coming out of the pockets of federal workers, who individually have already sacrificed thousands of dollars to get our country’s finances back on track. Under this bill, a federal nurse who takes care of our veterans and earns $45,000 a year will have $200 less each month to buy groceries and pay the mortgage. If the House majority is opposed to taxing America’s middle class, they have a funny way of showing it.”

We will continue to keep you updated on any new information about this legislation as it becomes available.

Phased retirement plan falls out of defense bill

By Eric Yoder

The House has set aside a proposal to allow federal employees to phase into retirement, a plan some see as an innovative cost-saving measure that could also allow older staff members the opportunity to help train younger ones.

Rep. Stephen F. Lynch (D-Mass.) offered the proposal as an amendment to the defense spending bill, but the amendment was not among those accepted by the Rules Committee for consideration during House floor voting this week.

The plan, initially proposed by the Obama administration, would allow retirees to continue to work for the government part-time while receiving both a prorated annuity and a prorated salary.

The proposal has made progress on other avenues, however, having passed theSenate in March as an amendment to a transportation bill. In April the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee approved it as a freestanding bill with bipartisan support.

“I will continue to push for this TSP/phased retirement proposal to become law whether that is in the form of other legislation or as a stand-alone bill,” Lynch said in a statement. “The TSP lump sum transfer proposal is popular in the private sector and will bring parity for retiring federal workers.  The  phased retirement option is a very basic and commonsense feature that will save taxpayers millions and will allow us to retain our most skilled and experienced workers.”

Under the proposal, phased retirement would be offered at management’s discretion. Eligible retirees typically would work half-time, collecting half of the annuity they have accumulated plus half of the salary for the position. However, with agency approval they could work between 20 percent and 80 percent of the time, with both the annuity and the salary adjusted accordingly.

Currently, with some exceptions, federal retirees who return to work for the government receive their full annuity but have their salaries reduced by that amount.

Another part of the proposed amendment would have allowed employees who separate from the government for retirement or other reasons to invest in the Thrift Savings Plan the value of unused annual leave due to them.

That language also was part of the bill passed last month by the oversight committee, and further was included in a spending-cutting bill that passed the House last week, but that the Senate does not plan to consider.

Phased retirement plan falls out of defense bill

By Eric Yoder

The House has set aside a proposal to allow federal employees to phase into retirement, a plan some see as an innovative cost-saving measure that could also allow older staff members the opportunity to help train younger ones.

Rep. Stephen F. Lynch (D-Mass.) offered the proposal as an amendment to the defense spending bill, but the amendment was not among those accepted by the Rules Committee for consideration during House floor voting this week.

The plan, initially proposed by the Obama administration, would allow retirees to continue to work for the government part-time while receiving both a prorated annuity and a prorated salary.

The proposal has made progress on other avenues, however, having passed theSenate in March as an amendment to a transportation bill. In April the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee approved it as a freestanding bill with bipartisan support.

“I will continue to push for this TSP/phased retirement proposal to become law whether that is in the form of other legislation or as a stand-alone bill,” Lynch said in a statement. “The TSP lump sum transfer proposal is popular in the private sector and will bring parity for retiring federal workers.  The  phased retirement option is a very basic and commonsense feature that will save taxpayers millions and will allow us to retain our most skilled and experienced workers.”

Under the proposal, phased retirement would be offered at management’s discretion. Eligible retirees typically would work half-time, collecting half of the annuity they have accumulated plus half of the salary for the position. However, with agency approval they could work between 20 percent and 80 percent of the time, with both the annuity and the salary adjusted accordingly.

Currently, with some exceptions, federal retirees who return to work for the government receive their full annuity but have their salaries reduced by that amount.

Another part of the proposed amendment would have allowed employees who separate from the government for retirement or other reasons to invest in the Thrift Savings Plan the value of unused annual leave due to them.

That language also was part of the bill passed last month by the oversight committee, and further was included in a spending-cutting bill that passed the House last week, but that the Senate does not plan to consider.

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