Sheffield University engineers have created a prototype unmanned aircraft which could be built and deployed in remote areas within as little as 24 hours.
Experts at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre are using a 3D printer to build the 1.5 metre wide polymer craft, which will be cheap and potentially disposable.
It has already made a test flight as a glider but now researchers are developing an electric fan propulsion system.
The aircraft will be guided by GPS or camera technology, controlled by an operator wearing first person-view goggles.
Its creators believe it could be used on one way flights for search, delivery or reconnaissance missions.
It will have nine parts that can be snapped together and weighs less than two kilogrammes.