At first glance, it looks like someone forgot to put the cockpit on a plane. Twin engines give the 2Seas Project unmanned aerial vehicle speed and power, but between them, where a normal airplane would put a pilot, there is instead just a camera, attached beneath the wing and always facing forward. This drone, made mostly of 3-D printed parts, could as soon as 2015 use that camera to hunt drug traffickers in Europe's North Sea.
2SEAS is the younger cousin of SULSA, the first 3-D printed drone, which premiered in 2011. Both drones were made in the United Kingdom by University of Southampton researchers. With a lattice-like, geodesic-reinforced frames, the aircraft are both strong and light.
There are two main differences between the 3-D printed aircraft. The SULSA is entirely 3-D printed, with the exception of its electric engine. This is possible at its small size. 2SEAS, by contrast, has a wingspan more than twice that of the SULSA, which meant the wings and tail were too big to be printed. Instead, they were constructed out of carbon fiber. 2SEAS's main body, the part that houses fuel, surveillance equipment, and engine mountings, is 3-D printed. The other major difference is power—the SULSA uses a single electric engine to power its one propeller, while the 2SEAS has a gasoline engine.
SULSA can fly for 40 minutes on electric power. 2SEAS, with its larger wingspan, twin propellers, and gasoline engine, has a flight time of six hours, cruises at 55 mph (just fast enough to follow a smuggler's speed boat), and can carry more sensors than the SULSA.
The 2SEAS drone is still undergoing tests, specifically related to its surveillance equipment. Should it complete those tests, the United Kingdom, France, and the Netherlands are all interested in adopting drones to patrol both the English Channel and the North Sea, or the two seas between them.
Watch it fly below:
I'm still wondering why drug cartels haven't used UAVs for transporting drugs. The price for a fairly robust aircraft with the endurance wouldn't be too expensive. Certainly the flight control systems are available to the less inclined, but designing your own system isn't that difficult either...
Yet another attempt to stop the supply for a seemingly insatiable demand.
Money could be better spent in 1 of 2 ways
1. Legalize enough stuff so that the product was of low cost and regulated
2. Massively bust USERS (not dealers).
Either way could possibly dry up the market. Problem is no different than prohibition.
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55 mph? If I was a smuggler, it wouldn't keep up with my boat. Isn't it awesome that these morons got billions per year rolling in and don't know a damn thing about anything useful?
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I know. Now you expect the sales pitch, the gimmick, the hook, blah, blah. Or the website where I tell you all how, in return for your info or some socially demeaning work like spamming.
No, you are already at the site where you can learn, and the sales pitch is that you already pay to use your free 3-D printers in your home just as I do; whether you use them much or not. You use them more, you pay more. That's how it works, folks. Water ain't free, ya know.