NASA's Mars rovers have already made inroads on Martian soil. The next realm to explore may well be the sky with the addition of low-flying scout helicopters.
In a new ad showing that securing files in the cloud is better than a flying machine beneath the clouds, Microsoft aims for humor.
It's not every day you see a helicopter that looks like this. But that unconventional rotor placement will help drive the S-97's exceptional speed.
The Volocopter VC200 is a quiet, battery-powered helicopter alternative with 18 rotors that can carry two people.
An experiment with two super-powered RC helicopters seems to show the machines are capable of lifting a full-grown person off the ground.
The Pentagon is developing unmanned aircraft for supply runs that can be controlled from a mobile phone or tablet -- think of it as Amazon drones in olive drab.
Aside from being emission-free, the German-built Volocopter VC200 is a VTOL aircraft that aims to offer a calm and quiet ride.
Amazon says if the US agency won't play, its drone operations will end up overseas. We'll see whether that threat gets off the ground.
The original version of this story wrongly paired up two teams of aircraft manufacturers. The actual pairings: Sikorsky Aircraft is working with Boeing, while Bell Helicopter is working with Lockheed Martin.
The Pentagon is looking ahead several decades toward future fleets of rotorcraft -- and working now to lay the plans for getting there.