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What Do Drones of the Future Look Like? Pentagon Crowd-Sources Next UAV -- VIDEO

photo of Theresa Poulson
December 17, 2011

The next unmanned aerial vehicle might come from YouTube.

A contest led by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic is soliciting designs and feedback for a new generation of small UAVs via online video.

The top designer gets a $100,000 prize and fabrication of up to 15 copies of the project. You can "like" and "dislike" different submissions on the contest website. The competition culminates in a fly-off in May.

Below, watch a DARPA video showing a possible application for the small UAV, followed by some of the most "liked" videos, which come from around the world and include live action and videogame-like animations: 

Click through to watch footage of design entries.

 

(rnavoni via YouTube)

 

(1m2a3rtin via YouTube)

(talmonc via YouTube)

(DeeAviator1 via YouTube)

 

(abishop1150 via YouTube)

(CodeWarriorx0539 via YouTube)

(aeryonlabs via YouTube)

 

(aerobotmovies via YouTube)

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