US develops a Microdrone that can mimic insect or bird flight
04 Aug 2021
The microdrone could be used for surveillance in the field or over military bases.
Gulf Today Report
The US Air Force’s elite research lab is working with Airion Health LLC to prototype a mini air vehicle that can imitate either insect or bird flight and has the ability to change velocity without the support of a high-powered computer.
The wings are based on position and velocity profiles, resulting in time-varying wing upstrokes and downstrokes, which, at times, maybe asymmetrical, generate controllable forces.
The microdrone could be used for surveillance in the field or over military bases; or to stake out targets before personnel or other aircraft get to the battlefield.
No details about the main specifications of the microdrone such as size and weight was revealed.
Joshua Laravie, Technology Transfer Specialist and Domestic Alliance Program Manager at Air Force Research Laboratory Aerospace Systems Directorate, said the final new microdrone would take time before being put into service and would be ready after 2022.