|American Border Patrol vehicles
(MIST included) were located on a private ranch near the border.
The owner of the ranch was present for the test. (See
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Arizona (ABP - April 26) -- An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)
designed to locate border intruders passed an important systems
test Saturday. Named Border Hawk by American Border Patrol (ABP),
the UAV was flown over the San Pedro river near the border, a
popular route used by aliens to enter the Untied States illegally.
According to ABP president Glenn Spencer, the purpose of the
test was not to spot illegals, but rather to test the ability
of the system to operate remotely. Images from a camera on the
UAV were sent by radio to the ABP Mobile Internet Satellite Transmitter
(MIST) and then out over the Internet. Spencer said that the
system test was 100% successful. "There is no doubt that
the Border Hawk can do the job," he said, "but it is
part of an overall system concept that we are pursuing."
Spencer says it will be a few weeks before the Border Hawk becomes
Map of test area First field