US Government mistakenly sends student a $350k drone
This isn’t your average AR drone, instead it has a range of around 15 miles and the ability to stay in the air for over three hours, costs £200k mindThe US Government has mistakenly sent a student parts of a $350,000 drone or UAV.
Having initially ordered a weightlifting bench the student was surprised to find that as well as the necessary equipment for improving his upper body strength he’d also been sent most of the parts needed for a military-grade unmanned aerial drone.
Resisting what must have been the obvious urge to become the next General Jumbo the student contacted the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, alerting them to the whereabouts of their high-tech flying machine.
This was of course after they posted their findings to reddit asking for any advice on what to do with what was almost certainly not an accessory for the weightlifting bench.
Initially intended for a wildlife sanctuary the Puma AE UAS drone was being sent to help monitor wildlife on the sanctuary however the drone has also been used by the US Army as a recon UAV.
With a range of over 15 miles and a battery life that gives it well over three hours of flying time the Puma puts consumer drones to shame, unsurprising really when you consider the difference in cost.