The military could grow future drones in chemical baths
BAE SYSTEMS is a British aerospace company exploring this idea. They are developing chemputer, a chemical computer that uses chemicals to grow aircraft and their internal electronics. The chemputer could make drones or parts for large manned aircraft.
BAE SYSTEMS is trying to find faster, cheaper ways to produce drones. Growing them in chemical vats could reduce production time to a few weeks. The company is working closely with the University of Glasgow to develop the idea. The technology is still in its infancy, but those behind the project say we could see chemputers tackling smaller projects in 5 to 10 years.