Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Hummingbird Spybot Unveiled by DARPA (Video) *AeroVironment ornithopter with video camera*

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Nano Hummingbird Spybot by AeroVironment


Hummingbird Spybot Unveiled by DARPA: AeroVironment ornithopter with video camera

AeroVironment has developed a Nano Hummingbird for DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency). A video and photographs were recently released. The "nano" identifier is for the small size, compared to other UAS (unmanned aircraft systems) projects by AeroVironment, et. al. These drones are also called UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) and even NAV (nano air vehicles). The idea is to have a surveillance drone that can even enter buildings and at the same time looks like a bird. Presumably the ultimate goal is to have these "ornithopters" or "nano birds" to resemble indigenous bird species for the area of operations.

AeroVironment (YouTube): AeroVironment's Nano Hummingbird - Outdoor Indoor Flight AeroVironment Develops World's First Fully Operational Life-Size Hummingbird-Like Unmanned Aircraft for DARPA. For more information visit: www.avinc.com/nano




Hummingbird spybot put through its paces: 360 degree flip


Nano Hummingbird by AeroVironment


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