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Anduril’s Ghost 4 military drone is about 2 meters long and uses a helicopter-like design for lifting power and quiet operation.
Palmer Luckey rose to tech fame for inventing the Oculus Rift, a virtual reality headset that helped rekindle interest in the technology. Now he’s got a high-tech product to show off: the Ghost 4 military drone.Built by Anduril Industries, Luckey’s new company, the two-meter aircraft can be carried in a backpack and is designed to withstand the sand, mud and seawater of military operations. Anduril says the Ghost 4 has a 100-minute flight time and can be autonomously or remotely piloted. It can carry cameras, radio-jamming systems or lasers to spotlight targets. And it can drop packages weighing as much as 35 pounds.
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Onboard artificial intelligence algorithms have been tuned to identify and track people, missiles and battlefield equipment. It can join with other Ghost drones to form a data-sharing swarm to relay information back to Lattice, Anduril’s situation monitoring system.That versatility is by design, says Luckey, 27, calling the Ghost “a Swiss army knife that can do everything.” …
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