A drone like this one sells for more than $100,000.
Bruce Dawson and his partner at Drone Systems are marketing drones for their huge potential in civilian industries like agriculture and broadcasting.
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - After almost 13 hours, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of
Kentucky ended his old-fashioned filibuster early Thursday morning. It was an
attempt to block the confirmation of John Brennan as President Obama's next CIA
Thursday afternoon, Brennan was confirmed.
Sen. Paul said he was confident in the White House answers about his primary
concern: the administration's policy of using drones in targeted killings and
the chance they could be used on American soil.
In the meantime, Kentucky's junior senator set off a nationwide
conversation. #StandWithRand became a top trend on Twitter, and all across the
country, drones drew attention for how they fit into our world.
"Last night, something magic happened," said 84WHAS talk show host
Mandy Connell. "People were watching C-Span... I think Rand Paul made a
huge point yesterday because of his eloquence during the filibuster."
Paul, Connell and others on both sides of the political spectrum take issue
with the use of drones, specifically the potential for using them to kill
American citizens inside the United States.
"Perhaps some legislation needs to be put forth that clearly, clearly
says, 'This is not an option,'" Connell said on her show Thursday.
New Albany business owner Bruce Dawson agrees rules relating to drones are
needed, but he's talking about another type of drone.
"Once the rules are clearly established, the market, it will
explode," Dawson predicts.
Dawson and his partner at Drone Systems, Joel Embry, are marketing the
unmanned aircraft for their huge potential in civilian industries like
agriculture and broadcasting. Right now, the biggest interest primarily is from
"Right now, our primary market and where it's being used for first
responders, public safety issues, search and rescue," Dawson said.
The Drone Systems drone was used to give crews a birds-eye view of the train
derailment near West Point last year.
It's an industry still in its infancy, and Dawson said he's working with
state legislatures to come up with rules and the ACLU on the obvious question
"I really don't see it being any more intrusive on your privacy than
any other mechanisms out there now," Dawson said.
President Obama has given the FAA until mid 2015 to come up with rules for
allowing drones to share American airspace.
The Drone Systems aircraft has a range of a mile-and-a-half and can fly through
rain, snow and 35 mile-per-hour sustained winds. It doesn't come cheap. The
price tag is well upwards of $100,000.
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