European Coast Guards are about to get a new weapon in their fight against drug-smugglers; a 3D printed UAV.
Named 2Seas, for the two bodies of water it will patrol (the North Sea and English Channel), the 1.5 meter long, gas driven plane represents the next generation of coastal surveillance. Designed at the University of Southhampton by aeronautical engineers Jim Scalan and Andy Keane, 2Seas was created to search for drug runners along the coasts of the UK, the Netherlands, Belgium and France.
Built around a highly efficient gas engine the 2Seas is capable of flying surveillance missions for 5 hours while only consuming 7 liters of fuel. As it cruises along the northern coast of Europe, 2Seas will be capable of reaching top speeds of around 100km/h.