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Friday, July 24, 2015

Navy tests 3D printed drone: Unmanned aircraft launched from warship could lead to UAVs being created on demand while at sea

Spy drones could soon be printed on demand and launched from Navy warships after the successful test of a 3D printed unmanned aircraft.

The 3D printed drone was launched from the gun deck of the Royal Navy's HMS Mersey before landing safely on a beach in Dorset.

The unmanned aircraft, which weighs 3kg (6.6lbs) and has a wingspan of 1.5 metres (4.9ft), flew autonomously for five minutes along a pre-programmed route.

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