Drone helicopters versus ‘purple plague’: CSIRO takes on invasive biosecurity threat

Engineers have developed these robots which are capable of going where normal flight mach

Engineers have developed these robots which are capable of going where normal flight machines can’t. Picture: Stephan Hrabar/CSIRO Source: Supplied

IT IS the invasive purple plague threatening to take over our land.

Scientists are desperate to stop it before it completely gets out of control and have unveiled their latest robotic weapon in this massive biosecurity battle.

The robot which is capable of flying unmanned and going places most helicopters and planes can’t, could be just the weapon experts need in their ongoing war.

Developed by robotics researchers at CSIRO, in partnership with Biosecurity Queensland, Project ResQu helicopters are being used to fight the super invasive weed and biological threat, Miconia calvescens which scientists have dubbed the purple plague.

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