Later on in the demo kites were flown over the factory to remind the workers of what its like to be constantly underneath the drones. We even rigged up a kite to take some surveillance footage, aerial footage will be posted soon.
EDO have been involved in US drones for years (see, for example, http://www.spacewar.com/reports/EDO_To_Develop_Weapon_Release_System_For_Predator_UAS.html and http://www.defensereview.com/general-atomics-mq-9-reaper-uasuav-retrofitted-with-gorgon-stare-electro-opticalinfrared-eoir-multi-camera-system-the-all-seeing-eye-in-the-sky-you-look-at-it-you-die/), EDO MBM in Brighton manufacture arming units which are incorporated into the drone's bomb release unit (see http://web.archive.org/web/20070927214113/http://www.edocorp.com/documentation/ZeroRetentionForceArmingUt.pdf and http://www.exelisinc.com/solutions/Pneumatic-Actuated-Single-Carriage-%28lightweight%29/Pages/default.aspx).
In Yemen yesterday 49 people were killed in two CIA drone strikes (see http://edition.cnn.com/2012/05/15/world/meast/yemen-violence/index.html), at least eight of those people were civilians. Drone strikes are part of a policy of extrajudicial assassinations, illegal under international law.
We will be holding a public meeting about drone technology, with Chris Cole of Drone Wars UK, tomorrow evening at 7.30pm at the Friends Meeting House on Ship Street