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Border Hawk Returns
to Active Duty
Improved UAV will Resume Patrols Friday
Eyes On the Border"
Border Patrol, a non-profit public interest organization,
will resume airborne patrols of the Mexican border tomorrow,
September 24. Using the "Border Hawk," a specially
designed unmanned aerial vehicle, ABP will send live images of
border intruders out over the Internet. "We have made a
number of improvements to the Border Hawk that we expect will
increase its effectiveness, especially during night operations,"
said Glenn Spencer, president of ABP.
The Border Hawk uses a GPS guidance system
to fly to mission waypoints set in a Ground Control Station (GCS).
Video images are sent by radio to the GCS and then via satellite
link out over the Internet.
The Border Hawk made history last
April when it spotted illegal border crossers at night, HDNet,
the high definition TV network, will be present to tape tomorrow's
mission. Check this Web site for time and date of airing.