Not one of ours, thankfully. From the article:

"Holloway said the aircraft that crossed into the U.S. air space is a mini orbiter unmanned aerial vehicle developed by the Aeronautics Defense System.

It is designed for use in military and homeland security missions, and is capable of conducting over-the-hill reconnaissance missions, low-intensity conflict and urban warfare operations, and any other related close range mission."

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Comment by Greg Fletcher on December 16, 2010 at 7:28pm

That looks like a nice little sUAV. From thier brochuor max take off wt. 7 Kg. Looks like it has a small parachute and belly airbag for recovery. It may not have crashed. It could have gone into auto recovery mode due to data link or what ever. What's interesting is that the NTSB was involved and the military. Probably the Mexican officials called them

and basicaly said "sorry, can we have our plane back please"

brochure here

Comment by Earl on December 16, 2010 at 8:29pm
This shows how pourous our border is. Scares me, I live in Nm.
Comment by Greg Fletcher on December 16, 2010 at 9:32pm

From data i collected from the media, it was 2300 feet from the border. Thanks google maps.

Comment by Gary Mortimer on December 16, 2010 at 10:49pm

I wonder why the FAA is keen for people to be trained and licenced.

Comment by Michael Zaffuto on December 17, 2010 at 12:27am

VLOS enforcement equipment does take some getting used to.

Comment by Gary Mortimer on December 17, 2010 at 12:49am
Funnily enough that's exactly how a friend and I made a risk assessment work for a certain task. We called it string position hold.
Comment by Michal on December 17, 2010 at 2:44am

Yes and I use to play with my son and his plane in "String Altitude Hold" . At home. :)

Comment by Thomas J Coyle III on December 17, 2010 at 10:16am

How soon will this Mexican UAV be on eBay assuming that the we will not allow the Mexican government to recover it without paying for any damage caused by the UAV. LOL!!!




Comment by Ron Jacobs on December 17, 2010 at 10:48am

The article states it ws returned to the Government of Mexico almost immediately.

Comment by Rory Paul on December 17, 2010 at 2:25pm

Not the first time an Orbiter has gone AWOL


Maybe its Irish?



The Mexican's say it is not theirs which makes me wonder if the manufacturer was running some field demos?


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