March 19th 2012 · 0 Comments
Sonic Barrier can help stop drug flights — but can it stop slander?
American Patrol Report
American Border Patrol’s ultralight was used to test border radar.
American Border Patrol reports that recent tests have shown conclusively that the Sonic Barrier developed by Border Technology, Inc., can detect ultralight aircraft of the type that are frequently used to fly drugs across the border.
The tests were conducted during the past week on ABP’s border ranch. They involved flying an ultralight-type aircraft at varying altitudes across and along a line of sensors. “Not only did the system spot the ultralight, it found that the type of engines they use produce a kind of fingerprint that makes them stand out even more,” said Glenn Spencer, head of ABP and the pilot for the flight tests.
Earlier tests using ABP’s pterodactyl ultralight proved that radar of the type used for border control couldn’t detect this type of small aircraft.
Last month Barack Obama signed legislation aimed at curbing ultralight smuggling.
The Sonic Barrier system was demonstrated for an Arizona State border committee but the presentation was drowned out by accusations of racism and anti-Semitism, prompting a response by Spencer’s lawyer.
“It is astounding that real solutions to our border problems are somehow rendered meaningless by people who hurl invectives,” Spencer said.
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