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When a Hobby Drone Becomes a Military Sniper

by David Hambling, Popular Mechanics

What is it, how does it work, and is autonomous war such a good idea?

When a Hobby Drone Becomes a Military Sniper

There’s a new kind of killer drone. Called TIKAD, it isn’t like any lethal drones you’re seen before. Because unlike the effective-yet-cumbersome MQ-9 Reapers, these multicopters can carry a sniper rifle, a grenade launcher, or a machine gun—the inevitable convergence of hobby drones and military weapons.

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Meet The Nuclear-Powered Self-Driving Drone NASA Is Sending To A Moon Of Saturn

by Geoff Brumfiel, NPR

On the face of it, NASA’s newest probe sounds incredible. Known as Dragonfly, it is a dual-rotor quadcopter (technically an octocopter, even more technically an X8 octocopter); it’s roughly the size of a compact car; it’s completely autonomous; it’s nuclear powered; and it will hover above the surface of Saturn’s moon Titan.

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This supersized drone will fly you to work (or anywhere)

by James Trew, Engadget

The “184” is a delivery drone for humans.

It’s happened. Someone built a quadcopter big enough to carry human cargo. The future is officially here, and it’s kinda scary. Scary in the cool way, though. The same company that brought us the regular-sized Ghost drone has just announced the “184” Personal Flying Vehicle (PFV). It’s about the size of a (very) small car, and claims to be able to deliver one human (up to 260 pounds) anywhere within a 10 mile/23-minute flight time reach. A working prototype of the autonomous craft is being shown at CES, and we’re pretty excited. If a little skeptical. Continue reading This supersized drone will fly you to work (or anywhere)