College Student Mistakenly Receives $350K Government UAV

Whoops! The National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) inadvertently mailed parts of a $350,000 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to an unwitting college student.

The NOAA uses the Puma UAV for ocean debris measurement, seabird surveys and ocean habitat monitoring, according to an article by Motherboard. UPS delivered the aircraft's wings and control panel in a plain box addressed to the student.

According to the student, UPS contacted him regarding an undelivered package and believed that box contained parts for a weightlifting bench he had recently ordered. He was understandingly surprised to see what the package actually contained.

The box, along with about seven others, was en route to the Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary in Massachusetts. The other packages arrived in the proper destination. Once assembled, the aircraft will be used to monitor the sanctuary's environment.

For its part, the NOAA blames UPS for the error.

The full Motherboard article can be found here.


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