The prototype, called Greased Lightning or GL-10, is in the design and testing phase.
The GL-10 was recently tested at a military base, pictured above.
The remotely piloted plane has 3.05-metre wing span, eight electric motors on the wings, two electric motors on the tail and weighs a maximum of 28.1 kilograms at take off.
Bill Condie is a science journalist based in Adelaide, Australia.
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