Gov’t sponsors battle of the drones
The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy announced on Tuesday that it will hold “R&D Korea 2015,” where R&D projects in which the government has invested a total 3 trillion won ($2.6 billion) will be displayed.
The ministry’s investments have been allocated to projects in 13 categories related to futuristic engines.
To promote its efforts to develop robots with vertical takeoff and landing (VOTL) capabilities, a type of drone, the government is sponsoring several drone-related competitions at the event, which is taking place through Saturday at the Yangjae aT Center in Seoul.
The ministry is investing 9.8 billion won from the government’s R&D budget in developing VTOL technologies.
While models already on the market can only fly for a maximum 30 minutes, the newly developed drones are expected to be able to stay in the air for over an hour at speeds of up to 150 kilometers per hour (90 miles per hour).
Other developments in fields like health care robots and virtual reality devices will also be on display.
BY KIM MIN-SANG [email@example.com]