Rich Bremer, our Spatial Media rep attending this week’s MAPPS/ASPRS conference reports that one of the most interesting products on the exhibit floor is a UAV from UTC / Goodrich called the Vireo UAS. This one can communicate with the operator up to 12km away while flying for at least an hour so you can retask it in flight. It also supports a long range and short range IR sensor plugin.
A quick search did not turn up any references. We will be following up.