Drones on Demand

The era of cheap UAVs is here.

Drones on Demand

By Shilpa Kappur Vasudevan

The British Royal Navy assembled a cheap drone with body and wings made using a 3D printer on its ship HMS Mersey, which performed a successful flight test on July 14.

The three-kilogramme craft with an airplane-style design was launched by a three-metre catapult and it autonomously flew between a few pre-programmed waypoints for five minutes before being piloted to a safe belly landing on a pebbly beach, the MIT Technology Review reported.

The British Royal Navy spearheaded the test to demonstrate how disposable drones could be printed onboard, can possibly cut costs and let a crew adapt quickly to a new mission, like after a natural disaster.

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Source: newindianexpress.com

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