The Daily Mail
Optimus can fly for half an hour without a human pilot on the controls.
Its creator, Airobotics, recently became the first in the world to be granted permission to fly an automated drone.
Ran Krauss, CEO of Airobotics, said: ‘Our core technology is truly autonomous.
‘That means drones are launched and landed automatically, without need for a pilot.’
The vehicle is launched from an automated ‘airbase’ which is pre-programmed using computer software.
‘Our system is easily operated by anyone from anywhere,’ he said.
‘And drones are deployed from a click of a button.’
The drone is fitted with military-grade avionics for precise control and can be pre-programmed to carry out ‘missions’.
It is fitted with a robotic arm that is capable of swapping batteries, which removes the need for humans to recharge the vehicle.
Its creators said the drone’s camera could be used by private businesses, such as mining companies, for aerial surveys and surveillance of their land.
‘Routine inspections with drones not only significantly save resources but also prevents endangerment of employees performing them,’ said Mr Krauss.
He added that drones could be used to respond to emergencies that would put employees in danger, such as a gas leak.