BAE Systems is Creating Flying Drones with Laser Canons that Can Print Mini-Drones Mid-flight
British defense company, BAE Systems, and the Ministry of Defense, released information they’re designing drones armed with laser canons with the ability to create mini-drones throughout it’s mission.
The on-board 3d printer will produce mini-drones that will repair damage to the mother drone. Undoubtedly, the drone will have the ability to print mini-weaponised drones as well.
Engineers from BAE Systems suggest that installing a 3d printer aboard an aircraft would allow for creation of full-scale drones mid-flight.
The company also believes this could create “the ultimate adaptable task force, with a lead aircraft able to enter any unknown scenario and quickly manufacture an effective tool set for any task” the UK Guardian reports.
Science fiction nerds will be entertained by the laser gun concept presented by the aerospace and defense.
A drone equipped with a laser gun will have the ability to destroy enemy missiles at the speed of light.
However rain, dust and turbulence would interfere with their technology.
One project concept is called the transformer, an obvious comparison to the children’s 80’s cartoon.
In the concept video below you will see how the units separates and connect to a mother drone, very similar to those seen in the Hollywood film, Battle: Los Angeles.