People tend to assume that UAVs will be used by the police to keep watch on us, but as this video, taken by a RoboKopter of riots in Warsaw, shows, they can equally be used by citizens to keep tabs on the police. No need to wait for the local news to send a helicopter to get the aerial scene of a demonstration, just Do It Yourself!


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Comment by Daniel Gru on November 14, 2011 at 10:48pm

I have always thought of this, perfect way to document the behavior of the police or see group movement (this seems to have been filming the "ultra-right"-nazi-hools, that decided to march in warsaw) and have later video evidence (as police-filmed material is often not open to the public).

I just bet, in most case where you would start a copter it would be shot straight down, because the police is cautious about terrorists-attacks and the liking.


Comment by Alex Lee on November 15, 2011 at 5:40am
Would have been nice to see them land on one of the roof tops and hang out for a while. Still using pan tilt to keep an eye on things. Then when batt hits 30%, head back.
Comment by Robert Romaniuk on November 15, 2011 at 6:04am

Well this flight was not for police control, the pilot tried to make any material to sell. Which he did afterwars despite terrible quality :) There was also full size heli hovering all the time above the two demonstrations but at much greater height.

Comment by Axure on November 15, 2011 at 6:44am

Robert, who did he sell it to?  Was it run in any mainstream media?

Comment by Robert Romaniuk on November 15, 2011 at 6:48am
Comment by Axure on November 15, 2011 at 6:51am

I also don't own a TV and I was able to find these videos in many places on the web, but I was curious who actually paid for it.

Comment by Axure on November 15, 2011 at 6:59am

BTW, if anyone was curious, the platform is a Y6 with a Canon DSLR:


Credit goes here:

Comment by Robert Romaniuk on November 15, 2011 at 7:07am

I think mmwarszawa was the buyer, possibly they hired him.

I will check on that.

Pilot stated that he had a "permission" to flight, bt i somehow don't belive in that.



Comment by Boris on November 15, 2011 at 1:33pm

it is a really good idea ! This should be done in every country !

Comment by Daniel Hibben on November 15, 2011 at 6:34pm

in response to Daniel G's comments i don't think the cops would shoot it down i think at least initially they would assume that it was theirs, but did not know who had authorized it, the thinking would be something like this  officer A says:  " well its real high tech so it must be ours. officer B replies "oh yea i herd a rumor we had bought one of those, but this is the first time i have seen it "

situations like these riots are very chaotic and i doubt any one on the ground that saw it would think it was not the cops so i think the pilot would have the benefit of the doubt where cops are concerned and probably most of the rioters thought it was the cops as well


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