The remotely piloted aircraft world is full of technology created for civil purposes that end up being used by the military.
A great example is the Scan Eagle originally a fishing tool. It was to be sent out to look for Tuna. A high-value catch. We all know what happened next. Boeing went fishing for Insitu.
French startup Zapata Racing is preparing to sell out its Flyboard Air to a US military supplier. I hope that the license for the autopilot inside permits military use. If its the one I think it is, I don’t think it does. They might have created their own, but a little bird tells me its something Opensource modified.
At the end of the day fair play to Frank Zapaty and his team, it just does not seem quite so cool anymore. Civil use cases are mentioned in the intention to purchase letter, but why would you when the military will pay 50 times the amount per unit.
The Flyboard Air is being copied at a rapid rate. In Shark Tank or Dragons Den they would be asking all about IP protection.
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