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The 9 Strangest Flying Robots from the World’s Biggest Drone Show

A look at some of the most interesting, innovative, and outlandish drones.

May 11, 2015, 8:21 a.m.

In the past year, drones have crashed onto the White House lawn, hauled ra­dio­act­ive cesi­um to the roof of the Ja­pan­ese prime min­is­ter’s Tokyo of­fice, and swooped above bat­tle­fields in Ir­aq and Ukraine. The fu­ture of drone design is an area with huge im­port­ance for com­pan­ies and for the mil­it­ary. At the re­cent Un­manned Sys­tems 2015 show in At­lanta, Geor­gia, that fu­ture was on dis­play.

Hos­ted by the As­so­ci­ation for Un­manned Vehicle Sys­tems In­ter­na­tion­al, the show brought to­geth­er drone-makers, mil­it­ary types, and busi­ness lead­ers from around the globe. (Google founder Larry Page was spot­ted briefly on the show­room floor.) All were look­ing for the next thing in un­manned aer­i­al vehicle design. Here’s a look at some of the most in­ter­est­ing, in­nov­at­ive, and out­land­ish drones De­fense One ran across.

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