In a recent article on the website, DailyMail, the development of extraterrestrial drones is discussed. On a distant Jupiter moon, Europa, there is believed to be oceans. NASA scientists and engineers are working to develop submersible drones that can gather data and detect microbial life by operating in these icy waters. A major requirement for these drones will be for them to operate autonomously and manage their own resources. Only time will tell if these drones will accomplish the mission NASA hopes for.
In a recent article on the website, sfchronicle.com, the development of a new type of commercial drone aimed at upgrading the construction industry is discussed. As of late, 3D Robotics has seen huge losses in its consumer drone products and hopes that its shift to the commercial sector will aid in its turnaround. Their new drone, Site Scan, is marketed as a technology that will move the construction industry out of the paper era and into the digital era. Will 3D robotics be able to make the transition? What challenges may they face? What must they do differently from their last drone to be successful?