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US Military Launching Swarm Drones from Fighter Jets

The United States military is using 3D printing and off the shelf components to build “swarm drones” that can be deployed from the flare dispenser of a jet fighter. These drones, code named “Perdix” are built from commercially available electronics that are then put into a 3D printed fuselage. The purpose of the Perdix drones is more surveillance than attack. “We designed P...

Growing Drones Using Chemistry

To design and build a drone today takes thousands of man hours as well as complicated engineering and manufacturing techniques. However, if BAE, the British aerospace defense company has their way, we may someday be able to grow unmanned aerial vehicles in vats of chemicals using a process called “chemputing”. This process uses chemicals with electronics embedded in the body of the air...

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