Check out this very interesting video by CNN that shows an inside view of how military operations with drones are carried out:
The Black Knight Transformer seems to come right out of a science fiction movie. Those scenarios of cities from the future filled with flying vehicles might be a step closer.
See the Black Knight in action in this video on youtube:
And the official press release:
EL SEGUNDO, California, 8 January 2014 – Advanced Tactics Inc., a small aerospace company, released details about its AT Transformer vehicle technology and announced that a full-scale technology demonstrator has completed its first driving tests.
We recently made a post on the Black Hornet military drone.
It is a mini helicopter equipped with 3 cameras and a GPS, weighting 16 grams, that can can autonomously fly and broadcast aerial video for 20+ minutes.
Because of the size and weight, it is apparently strongly affected by wind.
According to the soldier in the video, “a life saver”, as it basically allows to see what’s ahead, before you actually get there.
An amazing little personal drone in the form of a micro helicopter has been in use for a while now, strictly for military applications.
Here’s a very interesting article on the topic of the surveillance of US border by drones. Were a not talking quadcopters, it’s about the “real” drones, which can stay up 20 hours and patrol large areas. From the article, it appears that the program yields results, however it is very expensive and shows some limitations.
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