While we wait for Amazon to figure out how to drone-deliver our next order of energy drinks or iPhone cases, NASA has been busy coming up with a way to make sure when a quadcopter crash-lands somewhere there will no need to panic about the environmental impact.
That’s because they have made a drone from fungus.
Well, mycelium, to be exact. So when this little drone goes off course, the only thing anyone will ever find is a small pile of fungal goo.
“No one would know if you’d spilled some sugar water or if there’d been an airplane there,” said Lynn Rothschild of NASA’s Ames Research Center in an interview with New Scientist. Rothschild led a team composed of students from Stanford and Brown universities.
The bio-drone’s body was grown by New York company Evocative Design. Although only the body has built and flown so far, the team is hard at work trying to build biodegradable propellers and motors to take the project to the next shade of green.