Pacific Ocean – It was reported that a Coast Guard drone experienced mechanical problems and then ditched in the Pacific Ocean to avoid the danger of flying back towards populated areas while not under total control. The drone cost 12 million which is a bargain compared to a conventionally manned aircraft. It is unclear if there is any chance of retrieving the drone for the ocean. The Pacific has some of the deepest waters on the planet.
Why are drones becoming more popular? The answer may be that the optical technology make it possible for these low flying aircraft to obtain such detailed surveillance that can be computer analyzed in real time and saved for future analysis. Is the government just becoming more efficient at patrolling the borders, or are they really concerned that terrorists are actually planning on attacking the US again.