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The US Defense Department recently announced a contest for citizen scientists to design the next generation of unmanned aerial vehicles  or drones.  Travis and the crew want to see what they can do.  The militarys design specs are simple: fly remotely, send back video images, hover, and fit into the backpack of a single solider.  Its a tall order, but Travis and the guys want to take it up a notch  and give their drone weapons.

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Travis and the guys answer the “call of duty,” building a next-generation combat drone that doesn't cost millions of dollars to make. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, has issued a challenge to citizen scientists to build a drone that can do three things: (1) fly a couple of miles; (2) send back video; (3) fit into a backpack so a single soldier can carry it.