A wave of the future - small portable UAV's for aerial mapping and emergency response. Hip video takes 3:55 to walk you through the sequence of set-up, launch, data collection and platform recovery. Go here.
Comment: The flip side of this capability is deconfliction with piloted aircraft. Given a couple of geese were enough to bring down USAir 1549 onto the Hudson River on January 15, 2009 (Miracle on the Hudson), the FAA is rightful concerned about the uncontrolled proliferation of these platforms. As such, on December 1, 2010, it issued FAA Fact Sheet - Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) that relates the extent of the issues and how the agency is working to resolve them.