Todd Yates/Caller-Times Jeremy Hes, student at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, works on a prototype of drone, which will help the university in developing a rotorcraft drone that can fly vertically.
Han Solo made it look easy on the big screen. But the concept of flying on multiple axes takes quite a bit of brain power.
Researchers at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi believe they are months away from launching a new type of unmanned aircraft capable of doing just that.
They hope their technology can become a vital tool for first responders after a major disaster.
In December, the university was one of six test sites selected by the Federal Aviation Administration to study the uses of unmanned aircraft. In that time, its researchers have come up with devices that can drive and fly programmed routes, and even track targets without a pilot.