Photos: Customs' unmanned border spy plane

Photos: Customs' unmanned border spy plane

Summary: Customs has been trialling a spy plane to patrol Australia's borders, flying surveillance low and slow to get into the dirty details of shipping.


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  • The Heron spy plane, or unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), was sent to Weipa, Queensland in a standard freight container, from which it is being removed in this shot.

    Credit: Australian Customs Service
  • The lightweight carbon composite frame means the team can assemble the aircraft without a crane. Here, the wings are about to be bolted to the body.

    Credit: Australian Customs Service
  • In one piece, the UAV lifts off.

    Credit: Australian Customs Service

Topics: Government AU, Emerging Tech, Privacy, Travel Tech

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