An anonymous reader writes: Another use the FAA did not see coming.
Local engineers’ drone declares WAR on troubling wild hogs in Louisiana
WHITEVILLE — It is well past 8 p.m. on a Thursday, and engineers James Palmer and Cy Brown are a long way from their day jobs at Raven Research and Development in Lafayette.
Palmer and Brown are in the middle of an expansive rice field in rural St. Landry Parish. It is pitch dark and mostly quiet.
They are on a mission.
“We do this every weekend,” said Brown, who is the team’s computer operator. “We will be out here all night.”
Armed with state-of-the-art gear, computers, infrared cameras and thermal imaging scopes, they are hunting.
Their target is a herd of wild hogs that has been devastating a local farmer’s rice and soybean crops.
Enter the “Dehogiflier,” the name Palmer and Brown have given their invention.
It is a domestic drone that can fly above dense, grassy fields and see into the night. The drone is almost silent and deadly accurate.