contractor BAE Systems has said that on-board 3D printers for planes may one day be capable
of creating unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or drones).
“Of course we don’t
know exactly what sorts of aircraft technologies will be used in 2040 with any
certainty,” said Nick Colosimo, a futurist and engineering manager at the
company’s R&D team, according to The Guardian.
“But it’s great to
be able to show the public some concepts that might be possible through
projecting where today’s technology could get to.”
raised by the company include large aircrafts made of UAVs that can split up
and reassemble, and self-healing aircraft parts.