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November 27, 2015

Real-Life Transformers, Self-Healing Drones


BAE Systems has released a series of concept videos — compiled into one above — on the future of military aircraft.

“Transformers: Age of Extinction” might not become reality until 2040, if ever, per BAE Systems’ estimate. And besides, the “transformers” in the video above are more like Voltron, technically.

But the concept is an interesting one, as are the others — for example, using “lightweight, adhesive fluid” that’s “held in carbon-fibre nanotubes” and used to heal damaged aircraft mid-flight, or 3D printing of drones, by drones.

Said Nick Colosimo, a futurist and engineering manager on the research and development team, in a news release: “Of course we don’t know exactly what sorts of aircraft technologies will be used in 2040 with any certainty, but it’s great to be able to show the public some concepts that might be possible through projecting where today’s technology could get to. BAE Systems has a rich heritage in research and development, and our team builds on literally decades of previous R&D work by thousands of scientists and engineers.”

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