The pirates involved in Friday's attack are not seeking to hold the ship and its crew for ransom, but rather use the vessel as a "mothership", or launch pad for attacks on bigger ships."We're starting to see copycat attacks and there is a growing realisation that the shipping industry is taking huge risks," said John Steed, a former British defence attache who has worked on piracy for around a decade.
Amazon is testing flying drones to deliver packages, but the e-commerce giant faces a raft of regulatory hurdles before its bots take off.
In the meantime, ground-based delivery robots are ready to go.
WK2 is based on the successful mothership to Space Ship One, White Knight, which itself is based on Proteus.
With an "open architecture" design and explicit plans for multi-purpose use, the aircraft could also operate as a zero-g aircraft for passenger training or microgravity science flights, handle missions in high-altitude testing more generally, or be used to launch payloads other than Space Ship Two.
The Scaled Composites Model 348 White Knight Two (WK2) is a jet-powered cargo aircraft that is used to lift the Space Ship Two spacecraft to release altitude.
It was developed by Scaled Composites from 2007 to 2010 as the first stage of Tier 1b, a two-stage to suborbital-space manned launch system.
Their cargo delivered, they head back up the ramp and the van drives off.
This is the vision behind a new collaboration between delivery robot start-up Starship Technologies based in Tallinn, Estonia, and German car maker Mercedes-Benz.
(EDIT 3 May: OCBC has reached out to me and let me know that they’re updating their existing webpages to bring them in line with the new transparency campaign.