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.