The Wonderful World of Drones

Fighting fires, reducing crime, counting sea lions: the case for domestic UAVs.

TO GO WITH AVIONES TELEDIRIGIDOS - In this Jan. 8, 2009, photo provided by the Mesa County Sheriff's Department, a small Draganflyer X6 drone is photographed during a test flight in Mesa County, Colo., with a Forward Looking Infared payload. The drone, which was on loan to the sheriff's department from the manufacturer, measures about 36 inches from rotor tip to rotor tip, weights just over two pounds, and has been used for search and rescue mission, to help find suspects, and to identify hot spots after a major fire. (AP Photo/Mesa County Sheriff's Unmanned Operations Team)