Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The First Space Detectives...!

Talk about finding a niche and filling it, that's exactly what these guys did!

I would imagine that they don't have a lot of competition, either! That's always a good thing in any business. I think this is a wonderful idea...and probably very useful to some folks!

The First Detectives Of The Final Frontier
By Nolan Moore on Friday, April 17, 2015

Raymond Harris and Raymond Purdy aren’t just ordinary Earth-bound detectives. They’re space detectives. These guys catch crooks and expose crimes using satellite images and the occasional drone. And while they aren’t chasing down extraterrestrial thugs, they can definitely solve thefts, frauds, and environmental crimes.

We live in pretty exciting times, especially in regards to outer space. People are talking about colonizing Mars, robots are crawling all over the Red Planet, and “space tourism” is actually a thing that exists outside of sci-fi novels.

Of course, it isn’t just NASA and billionaires like Elon Musk hoping to tame the final frontier. Lawyers want in on the action, too. As if there weren’t enough attorneys already just focused on Earth, the University of Nebraska and University of Mississippi recently announced they were offering degrees in space law. That’s right. Now you can become a space lawyer.

Students will study everything from “determining liability in commercial space accidents to who can legally take resources from a planet or moon.” Expect plenty of lawsuits when Martians start crashing into space tourists.

In addition to lawyers getting a piece of the interplanetary pie, we now live in a world where there’s an actual space detective agency. It doesn’t get much cooler than that. Founded by geography professor/satellite imaging specialist Raymond Harris and attorney Raymond Purdy, the Air & Space Evidence Ltd of London promises to crack cases that need a bird’s-eye view of the world . . . or an alien’s-eye view.

So let’s say you suspect a company is dumping chemical waste in the woods, or perhaps you think someone is vandalizing their own home to collect the insurance money. Maybe someone is digging for oil in a protected habitat, perhaps someone is committing war crimes in a third-world country, or maybe your irritating neighbor says your fence is on his property. Well, if you take your case to court, you can call the space detectives, and they’ll back you up with satellite imagery that’s bound to impress any judge or jury.

Now you’re probably wondering, “Why can’t I just find the info myself?” Well, it’s actually a bit more complicated than digging for images on Google Earth. If you want to find just the right photo, you’d have to hunt through gigantic databases of data, and that takes quite a bit of time. And if a satellite wasn’t working on a particular day, well, you wasted your day and your case falls to pieces.

Perhaps more importantly, it’s really easy to doctor photos, and you need to be able to prove when it was taken, where you found it, and how you got it. And that’s where Harris and Purdy come in. They’ve been studying satellite images for quite some time, and they know how to back up their claims and maneuver around the courtroom.

Now, sometimes you need super crystal clear images, and that’s where the drones come in. When a satellite simply won’t do, Harris and Purdy plan to use these fantastic flying machines to capture images with higher resolution. So if you think your two-timing spouse is parked in somebody else’s driveway, these guys could fly a drone over the house and snap a photo of the license plate number.

Of course, the space detectives can’t solve every crime. Murders and hit-and-runs are pretty difficult because they happen so quickly, and satellites probably aren’t going to capture those lighting-fast crimes. However, if the offense takes place over several hours or—even better—a week or two, Purdy and Harris can catch those crooks red-handed, whether they’re violating human rights, committing fraud, or destroying the environment.

I wondr if these guys are planning to open a branch off planet in the near future. Can't ever tell, ya know?

Coffee out on the patio this morning. How about a slice of coconut chess pie?


linda m said...
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Chickenmom said...

If lawyers can use the satellite images, why can't the Special Services use them to find terrorists? It's an upside down world we live in. The pie sounds delicious!

linda m said...

Good Golly, what's next! As if we don't have enough frivolous lawsuits, now they want to start suing ET. And if I ever see a drone flying over my house, this crazy old woman will definitely shoot it down. I don't want anyone or anything spying on me. Good question Chickenmom! Enough said, coffee on the patio with pie sounds good.

Hermit's Baby Sis said...

Great story, Bubba! I love knowing that there's already plans for lawyers and frivolous law suits on the moon - and talk about an ANGRY red Planet! Yeah, right ...
Honestly did enjoy the story, though. These guys are thinking ahead!
Big hugs ~
Baby Sis

Mamahen said...

Should have known space Lawyers already to get in on the outerspace action....good story!! I've never had coconut cheese pie ...sounds good too :))

JO said...

They get rich quick and sell off the idea for even bigger bucks. But yes like chickenmom says why not find the terrorist be really useful.

Never had coconut cheese pie before sound good to me and some nice hot coffee

HermitJim said...

Hey Phyllis...
These guys are detectives and not lawyers. I figure the lawyers (or anyone else) could use the pictures if they had the money.

Thanks for coming by today!

Hey Linda...
The drones are going to be a problem for a lot of folks, I'm afraid!

I appreciate you coming by today!

Hey Sis...
I'm glad you liked it. Lawyers are always going to be around, I reckon.

Just like germs...some are good, most are bad!

Thanks for dropping by today!

Hey Mamahen...
I better tell ya that the pie is coconut Chess pie, and NOT coconut cheese pie! Don't want to mislead anyone!

Guess that lawyers will always be "Johnny on the Spot!"

Thanks for stopping by today!

Hey Jo...
Like I told Mammahen...the pie pie is "chess" and not "cheese".

I think the government does use some satellite images, but this is the first case I've heard of private individuals using them.

Thanks, sweetie, for coming over today!

Dizzy-Dick said...

We legally own between 80 to 500 feet above our property, depending on who you ask. I figure any drone flying above my place within shotgun range is trespassing!! Bang,Bang