Impossible Aerospace’s US-1 has made its first public appearance during a police standoff in California.
Equipped with thermal and optical sensors along with 90 minutes of battery live, the drone was used to provide a persistent aerial view of the perimeter, roof and exits of the building.
Police confirmed the drone played a role in helping the team to a successful and peaceful arrest of a suspect.
According to the Campbell, California police and SWAT authorities, the US-1 provided a regular perimeter scan and more consistent video footage than the county’s helicopter.
The US-1 confirmed the precision of the SWAT teams’ strategies, which included using tear gas to force the suspect out of hiding and later using police dog so the authorities could react and plan proactively.
Gary Berg, police captain in Campbell said: “During critical incidents, real-time intelligence is extremely important. At this recent event involving a barricaded subject with a gun, Impossible Aerospace provided a piece of intelligence that our agency previously has never had access to. The use of the US-1 drone helped us optimize the safety of our officers and the community while providing valuable information to the command post through the live video feed.”
He added: “Fortunately, after almost 12 hours, the suspect was taken into custody safely. We are very appreciative of the assistance that Impossible Aerospace provided during this incident.”
The US-1 is available for delivery online via Impossible Aerospace’s website.