Although the idea of building aircraft using chemical methods seemed like something that would only be possible in sci-fi movies, it’s now becoming a reality. Scientists say that Chemputer, a new revolutionary machine, could allow for advanced chemical processes and complex electronic systems. Chemputer 3D printer prints molecules, not objects. Researchers plan to build giant laboratories with rows upon rows of Chemputers that can create bespoke UAVs as well as other aircraft types. Bespoke is a term that means custom or tailored. The unique British technology is being created by BAE Systems, scientists from Glasgow University and could be used to sustain military operations. The Chemputer, a chemical device that allows you to grow UVAs using chemicals, was once a science-fictional idea. (Image: baesystems.com/en/article) The Chemputer could also be used to create multi-functional parts for larger manned aircraft. BAE Systems works with startups and academics According to BAE Systems, “The concepts were developed in collaboration as part of BAE Systems’ ‘open innovation’ strategy to share technology and scientific ideas. This involves large companies working with small start-ups and academia. BAE Systems is the British multinational security, defense, and aerospace company that was created from the merger of Marconi Electronic Systems in 1999, and British Aerospace. It has its headquarters in London and operations around the globe. It currently ranks second in terms of defense contractors worldwide. Engineers and scientists predict that small UAVs tailored to military missions will soon be “grown” in large labs using chemistry. We will soon be able create fully customized aircraft within a matter of weeks rather than many years, once the technology has been developed. Let the Chemputer know what you need. The Chemputer will print your UAV until it is ready for use. This can take a few weeks. Images courtesy of YouTube. These UAVs will fly at high speeds and altitudes to surpass adversary missiles. These aircraft will have the ability to carry out a variety of mission, such as providing emergency support for Special Forces troops behind enemy lines with a complex release system and deploying small surveillance planes. BAE Systems Global Engineering Fellow Professor Nick Colosimo said that the world of military and civilian aircraft is always changing. He said, “This is an exciting time for the development of Chemistry. Our team has been working on digitizing synthetic and materials chemical chemistry. We hope at some point to be able to build complex objects from the bottom up or with little human intervention. Video: Growing unmanned aerial vehicles through chemistry Engineers and scientists envision a system that can chemically make aircraft in just a few weeks.
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