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Indian Drones Take Wing

India launches its first set of miniature drone aircraft

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Indian Drones Take Wing

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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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Top Tech 2023: A Special Report

These two dozen technical projects should make significant advances in the coming year

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Top Tech 2023: A Special Report
Edmon DeHaro

Each January, the editors of IEEE Spectrum offer up some predictions about technical developments we expect to be in the news over the coming year. You’ll find a couple dozen of those described in the following special report. Of course, the number of things we could have written about is far higher, so we had to be selective in picking which projects to feature. And we’re not ashamed to admit, gee-whiz appeal often shaped our choices.

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