Gear: StarChase GPS Launcher


StarChase GPS Launcher

Category: Patrol Vehicles & Equipment
Subcategory: Patrol Vehicles
Price: n/a
Average Rating:
(6 Votes)

This system is behind schedule—when we last covered it, the plan was for a deployment by the end of this year—but Virginia-based StarChase now claims that the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department is closing in on the final stage of testing, which could put a deployed GPS launcher on the road early next year. The purpose of StarChase is to stop high-speed pursuits by letting officers launch a sticky GPS tracker onto a fleeing vehicle. Savvy criminals, particularly ones who notice the green laser sight or hear the car-mounted air cannon go off, could pull over and rip off the transponder. But by then, the police would have had time to set up roadblocks and choppers, closing the net with less risk of a pursuit-ending crash.

Member Reviews

  • Georgepic001hs0
    gpmoraitis, Mon, 14 Apr 2008 05:00:23 UTC.
    1st review

    It would make life easier for the Police officers. Let there be money to fund the project

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    nick1317, Fri, 02 May 2008 02:30:53 UTC.

    Why the hell didn't anyone think of this sooner?! Oh, go ahead, pull over to rip off the transponder!! We'll have your a$$ by then!!

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  • Fallenherobadge-3-1_max50_max30
    Buddylaw, Sat, 21 Jun 2008 18:11:43 UTC.

    Love the idea. Allows you to back off a bit. I bet this will be a big selling feature with administrations.

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  • 813_max30
    sgt_dunning, Sun, 17 Aug 2008 02:46:38 UTC.

    Good idea. I wonder how long till a department gets sued due to vehicle damage.

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    p71policeinterceptor, Sat, 16 May 2009 16:00:26 UTC.

    This is a very cool way to track down the bad guys if they run from you in just a push of a button the shell shoots from the launcher and on to the back of the suspects car. so if you use this you wont have to jam the patrol car pedel to the floor just to keep up with the prep. So he or she can ran but the Gps and the motorola are still there.

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  • Mustang1_max30
    mustang68, Fri, 11 Sep 2009 15:27:01 UTC.

    Less high-speed persuits. Greater safety for officers.

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