This “Voltron” stealth bomber seems out of a science fiction movie, but it’s one of the aircraft concepts that military powerhouse BAE Systems is working on: A single bomber/drone would fly as one from the home base, then divide into three airplanes to execute different tasks in the same area and reassemble to return to the base.Read more…

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Image: Gnat WarfareJudging from the comments I’ve seen on a lot of drone coverage, shooting down a drone is a fantasy for a lot of people. Well, at least one enterprising company is letting people do just that, offering gun aficionados the chance to shoot at real drones that are strapped with explosives.You heard that right—each of Arizona-based Gnat Warfare’s drones have gunpowder caps strapped to them, which explode when hit with a shotgun pellet. “It’s the toughest target people ever shoot at,” Gnat Warfare’s George Ford told me. “It’s a pretty big target, but it has a 14-15 foot lead time in front of the plane, and there’s a pilot maneuvering the plane

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An Israeli-made Heron surveillance drone, similar to the model Canada flew in Afghanistan. Image: Wikimedia CommonsThe Canadian military has released details on its new $100 billion wish list for new gear, and it’s a revealing look at how the service views the future of war.The laundry list of hardware was released as part of Ottawa’s new procurement strategy, which was hastily installed following the government’s bungling of the F-35 acquisition process. It’s also a signal for the defence industry, one designed to give contractors a heads-up as to what Canada will be shopping for over the next two decades.The guide, which is basically a rough draft for government spending, includes high-tech surveillance equipment, so-called “next-generation” fighter planes, a new drone fleet, and cash injections prolonging the life of some aging ships and planes

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Image: Martha StewartBack in May, we learned that Martha Stewart owns a drone. Now we have photographic evidence—America’s favorite outlaw recipe, home, and living guru just posted a bunch of pictures taken with her drone. More specifically, one of her body guards, Dominic Arena, took the photos, we think. Martha also has some seemingly strong feelings about the drone vs. unmanned aerial vehicle debate—she’s only willing to call her DJI Phantom a “drone-like” aircraft

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Peering through the Stucture Scanner’s lens at our loaner DJI quadcopter.

Lee Hutchinson“xrailTop”, {sz:”300×250″, kws:[“top”], collapse: true});Last year, California-based Occipital closed out a wildly successful Kickstarter for its Structure Sensor, an iPad-mountable structured light scanner that can perceive the world in three dimensions by projecting infrared dots on things. The company is nearly done shipping the $399 devices to its crowdfunding backers (non-backers who buy one now can expect delivery in about a month), but we managed to finagle a couple of days with an early production version of the Structure Sensor to get a peek at how it performs in the real world

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