Warning: The Aggies Have Drones & Are Prepared to Use Them
The Aggies have drones, and they're launching them.
As far as we know, the drones are unarmed. As far as we know.
We are not saying you should ease up on your surveillance, but there are a few caveats to the story: 1) It's not the College Station Aggies who are sending up drones, it's the Texas A&M branch in Corpus Christi; 2) The drones will be going out over the Gulf of Mexico, not the Forty Acres; 3) We're pretty sure they're unarmed.
In fact, the Aggies have been using drones for years, but they've been relatively small units that are flown in designated airspace over the College Station campus.
What's new now is that the drones will be flying over the Gulf.
"There is not much research in the [drone] field including a maritime environment," said program director David Bridges. "The high-definition images can help track algal blooms, hurricanes and harmful pollutants, and serve a variety of other purposes over land and water."
The Aggie drone will also test how drones work in airspace shared with regular piloted aircraft.
So, you know, this mission sounds benign enough. But you never know with Aggies.
Today the Gulf, tomorrow the SEC.