Tom Cruise will be flying high (again) in Top Gun 2 come summer 2020.

Could Top Gun 3 be far behind?

There are no plans yet, but don’t be surprised if the next Maverick or Goose is a drone robot.

This past month, the Air Force Research Laboratory and DZYNE Technologies successfully tested the Robotic Pilot Unmanned Conversion Program – the aptly named ROBOpilot – at Dugway Proving Ground in Utah.

The concept’s pretty simple – ROBOpilot can be installed by removing the pilot’s seat and replacing it with a frame containing an equipment package – actuators, electronics, cameras, power systems and a robotic arm.

“Imagine being able to rapidly and affordably convert a…

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