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Concept: drone-launching drones aim to aid in disaster relief

•, Colin Druce-McFadden
 Police drones, military drones and even defibrillator-equipped medical emergency drones are beginning to take to the skies. But in the case of a disaster like a forest fire or an oil spill, one drone just won't cut it.

That's why a Canadian company called Eqquera is developing the drone equivalent of a flying aircraft carrier. Capable of launching a number of sub-UAVs from its back, this is "Mother Hen", or the SQ-EQQ to use the company's Q-heavy technical designation for the thing.

Mother Hen is a jet-propelled drone that features a delta-wing style body capable of theoretically carrying three "friendly chicks" upon its back. The chicks themselves are flying saucer-esque quadrotors that are meant to do the lion's share of the grunt work at a disaster site. Mother Hen just gets them there and provides a home base for them to return to.

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