May 13, 2015 I Paul Seaburn

A Guide to Distinguishing New Drones From Old UFOs

If you think that the unidentified flying object hovering over your neighborhood couldn’t be a drone because you’ve never seen a drone that looked like it, take another look. Better yet, take some good photographs and compare them to these exotic and futuristic unmanned aerial vehicles that were on display recently at the Unmanned Systems 2015 show in Atlanta.

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The Hummingbird II

That UFO maintaining a stationary holding pattern for hours could be the Hummingbird II from Reference Technologies. It can stay aloft for up to nine hours at an altitude of 14,000 feet and carry payloads weighing up to 30 pounds at speeds of up to 60 mph.

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The Eturnas D Solar UAV

The sleek Eturnas D Solar UAV is solar-powered but that doesn’t stop this drone with a 7-foot wingspan from reaching a top speed of 73.5 mph and a maximum airtime of 10.5 hours.

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The IT180

From the shape of some of these drones, it looks like a lot of orbs are going to be spotted in the future. The IT180 from Infotron looks like a giant ball of Gouda cheese between two counter-rotating propellers.

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The Radeus

If the inventor gets his funding, the flying saucer or disc you see zipping across the sky just might be the Radeus from Radeus Labs. Another drone with counter-rotating propulsion blades, the maker says the upper part of this flying disc becomes an autogyro once it’s aloft.

Just in time for the next Star Wars movie, the All-Terrain Land and Air Sphere (ATLAS) from Unmanned Cowboys is a flying sphere that resembles a giant IT-O interrogator droid. This rotorcraft’s tough circular frame protects it during crash landings. With some strategically-placed lights, this drone will get blamed for a lot of orb sightings … or vice versa.

Looking at the design of these new flying robots, you have to wonder … are their makers trying to deceive us?

Or are aliens?

Paul Seaburn

Paul Seaburn is the editor at Mysterious Universe and its most prolific writer. He’s written for TV shows such as "The Tonight Show", "Politically Incorrect" and an award-winning children’s program. He's been published in “The New York Times" and "Huffington Post” and has co-authored numerous collections of trivia, puzzles and humor. His “What in the World!” podcast is a fun look at the latest weird and paranormal news, strange sports stories and odd trivia. Paul likes to add a bit of humor to each MU post he crafts. After all, the mysterious doesn't always have to be serious.

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