The Pentagon’s research department, DARPA, has just unveiled a brand new quadcopter that will give full size helicopters a run for their money, well almost. This little drone can reach speeds of up to 45 miles an hour, all while carrying sensors and software that enable it to independently steer clear, for the most part, of any obstacles that may be in its way.
This new quadcopter is a result of DARPA’s Fast Lightweight Autonomy Program, known as FLA for short. The goal of this program is to amp up the power of drones, while enabling them to maneuver in crowded spaces while completing small tasks. This new creation could be an enormous asset for the military in unpredictable circumstances where they are assisting civilians, such as during an earthquake, or in a situation where they need to collect sensitive intel remotely.