Indian Drones Take Wing

India launches its first set of miniature drone aircraft

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A researcher from India's National Aerospace Laboratories, in Bangalore, launches a micro air vehicle prototype. The remotely operated drone, which will soon go into commercial production, is one of several models, each less than a meter across, that will be used for military reconnaissance, as well as search-and-rescue support at natural disaster scenes. The plane, which is designed to avoid detection by radar, can soar for up to 40 minutes at a time.

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