Interesting idea. I think that Remotely Piloted Aircraft are an up and coming utility technology. Please understand that this comes from a layman and not an engineer. The radio control hobby world has led to a new use for what used to be expensive toys. Now they are becoming sophisticated, really expensive toys.
The possibilities are endless, in my humble opinion.
A team at NASA’s Langley Research Center is developing a concept of a battery-powered plane that has 10 engines and can take off like a helicopter and fly efficiently like an aircraft. The prototype, called Greased Lightning or GL-10, is currently in the design and testing phase. The initial thought was to develop a 20-foot wingspan (6.1 meters) aircraft powered by hybrid diesel/electric engines, but the team started with smaller versions for testing, built by rapid prototyping.
The full skinny and a video are at the link.
(OK, it’s a Monday and I have it off as I moved my Regular Day Off from Wednesday to today due to a big meeting with the young captain(AMU OIC), The AFGE Local(Not a member) and the rank and file as it were.)
Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2015-05-ten-engine-electric-plane-prototype.html#jCp