Kansas City Week in Review – DRONES IN KANSAS

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DID YOU KNOW THAT AT KANSAS CITYSTATE UNIVERSITY YOU CAN NOW   GRADUATE WITH A DEGREE INDRONES?YEP, K-STATE IS ONE OF THE FIRST   SCHOOLS IN THE NATION TO OFFER ABACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN UNMANNEDAIRCRAFT SYSTEMS.

  WHILE MANY OF US THINK OF DRONESAS JUST THE LATEST STEALTHWEAPON, THOSE WHO MAKE THE   AERIAL DEVICES SAY THEY COULDSOON BE HUGE COMMERCIAL MONEYMAKERS, BUT VIDEO OF HELLFIRE   MISSILE STRIKES IN THE NEWS THISWEEK THAT THE F.

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IS USINGDRONES FOR DOMESTIC SURVEILLANCE   HERE IN THE UNITED STATES ISCOMPLICATING THE INDUSTRY.

ON KCPT'S THE LOCAL SHOW LAST   NIGHT, KCPT SPECIALCORRESPONDENT SAM ZEFF TOOK USINSIDE THE K-STATE DRONE   PROGRAM.

HERE ANSWER — HERE'S ANEXCERPT.

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LET'S JUST GET THIS PART OF THESTORY OUT AND AWAY RIGHT NOW.

  ADMIT IT, THIS IS HOW YOU THINKOF DRONES OR AS PEOPLE IN THEDRONE BUSINESS LIKE TO CALL   THEM, UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES.

AND EVEN THOUGH WEAPONNIZEDDRONES GET THE MOST ATTENTION,   THE WORLD IS QUICKLY FINDINGWAYS TO COMMERCIALIZE THEM.

A GUY IN AUSTRALIA USES DRONES   TO SELL REAL ESTATE.

FED EX HAS FANTASIES OF USING ADRONE SIMILAR TO THIS ONE TO   MOVE PACKAGES.

AND YOU PROBABLY SAW THIS,DOMINOS LITTLE PR STUNT IN THE   UK USING A DRONE TO DELIVERPIZZA.

BUT THE MOST IMMEDIATE DRONE   APPLICATIONS MIGHT BE RIGHT HEREIN KANSAS AND MISSOURI.

WE'RE ON I-70 HEADING   WESTBOUND JUST OUTSIDE OFABILENE, AND WE'RE ON OUR WAY TOSALINA, WHICH IS ARGUABLY THE   EPICENTER FOR DRONE RESEARCH INTHE MIDWEST.

FOR ABOUT $1,500, WE'LL HAVE   AN AIRCRAFT THAT CAN PLI — FLYAND DO AGRICULTURE RESEARCH.

IN ABOUT AN HOUR'S WORTH OF   FLYING, CAN FLY ABOUT 800 TO1,000 ACRES.

THIS IS THE UNMANNED AERIAL   VEHICLE LAB AT THE K-STATE IS ASHRINE — SALINA CAMPUS ON THEOLD HISTORIC SMOKY HILL AIR   FORCE BASE.

WE'RE GOING A TOUR FROM THEPROGRAM MANAGER MARK BLANKS.

  KANSAS STATE HAS BEEN TEACHINGAVIATION FOR YEARS AND WAS ONEOF THE FIRST UNIVERSITIES TO GET   INTO DRONES.

THEY BELIEVE THE FIRST LARGECOMMERCIAL USE WILL BE IN   AGRICULTURE.

WE CAN TELL IF THE PLANT ISRECEIVING ADEQUATE NOURISHMENT,   IF IT'S RECEIVING ADEQUATEMOISTURE, IF THE PLANT ISSTRESSED IN ANY WAY DUE TO PESTS   OR DISEASE.

IN THE UPPER WEST CORNERHERE, WE SEE THE ALTITUDE OF THE   AIRCRAFT, IT LOOKS LIKE ATRADITIONAL MANNED PLANE.

GREEN IS THE HORIZON.

  IT ALSO TELLS US AIR SPEED,ALTITUDE OF THE DIRECTION IT'SFLYING.

  HERE IS THE THING THAT ISBOTH REALLY COOL AND JUST ALITTLE SCARY.

  ALL OF THESE DRONES CAN BE FLOWNWITH A LAPTOP, AND IN SOMECASES, A TABLET.

  THE PILOT WILL PLOT A COURSE ONTHE MAP AND THEN, WELL, LOOK ATTHIS, THE DRONE CAN BE LAUNCHED   OFF THE TOP OF A CAR OR THERE ISA CATAPULT THAT CAN INSTANTLYGETTING IT GOING 40 MILES AN   HOUR.

THIS MAY LOOK LIKE NOTHING MORETHAN MODEL AIRPLANES, BUT IT'S   THE CUTTING EDGE IN DRONETECHNOLOGY.

YOU CAN SEE SAM'S FULL REPORT   ON DRONES ON THE REBROADCAST OFTHE LOCAL SHOW SUNDAY EVENING AT5:30.

  SAM, WHAT HAPPENED TO THOSEBILLS BOTH IN KANSAS ANDMISSOURI THAT WOULD HAVE   PREVENTED ANY DRONES BEING USEDFOR DOMESTIC SURVEILLANCE INKANSAS OR MISSOURI WITHOUT A   SEARCH WARRANT? NEITHER OF THEM CAME OUT OFTHE LEGISLATURE IN MISSOURI HAVE   PASSED THE HOUSE IN KANSAS THATDIDN'T COME OUT OF COMMITTEE.

BOTH OF THOSE BILLS ARE STILL   ALIVE, AND BOTH OF THEIRSPONSORS SAY THAT THEY WILLBRING THEM UP AGAIN WHEN THE   LEGISLATURES RECONVENE NEXTSESSION.

I ALSO HEARD MU NOW HAS A NEW   DRONE JOURNALISM PROGRAM.

WHAT'S THE PURPOSE OF THAT? THE JOURNALISM PROGRAM SAID   IT WAS TO GIVE THEM THE ABILITYTO GO IN FLOODING AREAS WHERETHEY COULD GO OVERHEAD AND GET   VIDEO OF EVENTS LIKE THAT, NOTFOR THE PURPOSE OF SPYING, BUTSIMPLY WHERE THEY COULD PUT A   CAMERA UP AND VIDEOTAPE.

WITH RESPECT TO THAT ONE, THEPEOPLE PILOTING THAT DRONE, THEY   WEREN'T AS SOPHISTICATED ASTHESE.

THEY WOULD HAVE TO BE WITHIN 200   OR 300 YARDS, AND IT WOULD ONLYFLY ABOUT 20 FEET IN THE AIR, SOIT'S JUST GETTING ACCESS TO   MAYBE WHERE OUR HELICOPTERSWOULD.

THE CONCERN OF LEGISLATORS IS   THEY MAY BE USED TO LOOK ATWHAT'S HAPPENING ON FARMS INMISSOURI OR KANSAS, AND IT'S   JOURNALISTS, MAYBE LIKE A KCTV 5OR ANOTHER TV STATION USING THEMTO BE LOOKING FOR STORIES.

  IT IS A CONCERN ABOUT PRIVACY.

WELL, YEAH, THERE IS ACONCERN ABOUT PRIVACY, BUT AS I   WAS WALKING IN, PART OF THIS, WETALKED TO THE KANSAS NATIONALGUARD, AND WHEN I SAT DOWN TO   INTERVIEW THE GENERAL, I ASKEDHIM, HOW MANY SURVEILLANCECAMERAS DID I GO THROUGH JUST TO   GO FROM THE GATE AND SIT DOWNHERE AND TALK TO YOU.

SO IF YOU THINK WE'RE NOT BEING   SURVEILLED, WE'RE BEINGSURVEILLED ALL THE TIME.

AND INDEED WE KNOW THAT THE EPA,   KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI POLICEDEPARTMENT HAS A HELICOPTER.

ALL OF THESE THINGS ARE USED FOR   SURVEILLANCE.

THEY JUST HAPPEN TO HAVE APERSON IN THEM.

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ANNOUNCING THISWEEK, TELLING A SENATE PANELTHAT, YES, THEY'VE BEEN USING   THEM FOR DOMESTIC SURVEILLANCEIN THE UNITED STATES ALREADY.

COULD THEY ALREADY HAVE BEEN   USED IN KANSAS AND MISSOURI?ARE WE ALREADY BEING SPIED UPON? I KEEP WONDERING WHAT IS   FLYING OVER MY HOUSE.

I DO THINK THE CONCERN SAM TALKSABOUT AND STACEY, ABOUT PUBLIC   USE OF DRONE AIRCRAFT IS ONECONCERN; THAT IS, POLICEDEPARTMENTS, ARMY, SAFETY   PEOPLE, BUT THERE IS A WHOLEOTHER ISSUE ABOUT PRIVATE USE OFTHESE THINGS AND WHETHER OR NOT   PEOPLE CAN JUST GO OUT AND BUYTHEM OFF THE SHELF AND INESSENCE FLY OVER YOUR BACKYARD   BARBECUE AND ANYTHING ELSE.

I THINK THERE WILL HELEGISLATIVE ATTENTION PAID TO   THAT AS WELL.

THE FAA IS WRITING RULES.

AS IT STANDS RIGHT NOW, IF THE   DRONES FLY BELOW 400 FEET,PRETTY MUCH ANYBODY CAN DO IT.

IF IT'S ABOVE 400 FEET, YOU HAVE   TO HAVE A PILOT'S LICENSE.

THIS IS ALL TRYING TO CONTROLTHE CIVILIAN AIRSPACE.

  BUT THE FAA WILL DO NOTHINGWITH RESPECT TO PRIVACY.

THAT'S GOING TO BE A STATE BY   STATE DEAL.

WHETHER OR NOT THE POLICE CANFLY OVER YOUR BACKYARD FENCE AND   SEE WHAT YOU'RE DOING.

AND THE KANSAS CITY CALL HASJUST PURCHASED A DRONE?   YES.

WE'RE GOING TO GET TO THEJACKSON COUNTY APPRAISAL MESS   NEXT WEEK ON OUR KANSAS CITYWEEK IN REVIEW PROGRAM.

THAT IS IT FOR THIS WEEK'S SHOW.

  THANKS TO OUR NEWS REVIEWERSFROM KCTV 5 STACEY CAMERON ANDTHE CALL'S ERIC WESSON.

  KCPT SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT SAMZEFF AND DAVE HELLING OF THEKANSAS CITY STAR.

  I'M NICK HAINES.

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