After Hours

Eyes in the skies: Drones of today and tomorrow

The Penguin B is designed to be a high-performance unmanned aircraft - capable of staying in the air for more than 20 hours.

The drone - which can be launched from catapult, runway or car top - recently set a world endurance record by performing a non-stop flight of 54 hours and 27 minutes, the longest recorded flight for a mini-class unmanned aircraft.

It is able to carry up to 11.5kg of combined fuel and payload and can be commanded by an optional portable control station.

The craft, made by UAV Factory, is used by universities and research organisations in the US.

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3 comments
CharlesG1970
CharlesG1970

You seem to be talking in the past tense... They are already in use...

Systems Guy
Systems Guy

I applaude this technology and it's original intended use, i.e., in a war theatre, however, anyone is a fool who thinks these will never be used on US civilians during peace time. Further anyone who says they won't be are liars.

buddyfarr
buddyfarr

CharlesG1970 is correct. these are already in use in civilian areas in the U.S.A. They have been for quite a while.