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posted by Dopefish on Saturday February 15 2014, @09:27AM   Printer-friendly
from the not-for-same-day-amazon-prime-delivery dept.

Anonymous Coward writes:

"DARPA is building drones for combat which are able to perform multiple tasks both in the air and on land: Gizmodo reports:

'Its VTOL flight module would act as a standalone UAV—either remotely controlled by a ground unit's tablet or smart phone, or in future iterations, capable of semi-autonomous flight—with its own power, control, and propulsion systems. A pair of ducted fans will provide vertical lift and convert to provide forward thrust, allowing the ARES to lift up to 3,000 pounds of cargo and land in spots half the size of traditional helicopter landing pads. DARPA researchers hope to develop a number of mission-specific modules—cargo containers, casualty extraction (similar to this Israeli system), and reconnaissance payloads—that could be quickly swapped out for one another.'"

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  • (Score: 1) by mrbluze on Saturday February 15 2014, @11:24AM

    by mrbluze (49) on Saturday February 15 2014, @11:24AM (#146) Journal
    They are going to be easy targets because it's nearly impossible to make a shape shifter that has stealth capability.
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    • (Score: -1, Flamebait) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 15 2014, @11:31AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 15 2014, @11:31AM (#147)
      Yo Momma is a Easy Target (TM)
      • (Score: -1, Offtopic) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 15 2014, @11:36AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 15 2014, @11:36AM (#148)
        Yo Papa is a dingschlonger.
        • (Score: 0, Offtopic) by Gaaark on Saturday February 15 2014, @03:20PM

          by Gaaark (41) Subscriber Badge on Saturday February 15 2014, @03:20PM (#157) Journal
          That's what SHE said!
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          • (Score: 1) by Vanderhoth on Saturday February 15 2014, @06:08PM

            by Vanderhoth (61) on Saturday February 15 2014, @06:08PM (#162)
            And how does that make you feel? How's the Unicode support? èé Hay, my spell check is finally working. It's been broken for months.
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            • (Score: -1, Offtopic) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 15 2014, @09:18PM

              by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 15 2014, @09:18PM (#177)
              That's what he said to HER. And guess what SHE said? Go on, GUESS!
  • (Score: 3, Informative) by robind on Saturday February 15 2014, @07:48PM

    by robind (3) on Saturday February 15 2014, @07:48PM (#168)
    What else is new. The impression I get from this technology is that it isn't a Transformer like Megatron is, but is instead a utility-type UAV that is reconfigurable on the ground. Sounds useful enough.