Hummingbird Drone To Be Used As Spying Device
The hummingbird drone, a tiny device that can record visual and audio data, will be used to spy on enemies and gather information.
The Pentagon is spending millions of dollars on the development of these drones, which are meant to look like birds of nature. In addition to being used for spying purposes, the hummingbird drone has the ability to help those in need. They would be able to help find people stuck inside crumbled buildings after an earthquake, and they could also be used by police and firefighters.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency asked researchers at California's AeroVironment to build "a pocket-sized aircraft for surveillance and reconnaissance that mimicked biology," and said it could be "anything from a dragonfly to a hummingbird."
The hummingbird drone weighs less than a AA battery and can fly as fast as 11 miles per hour. It is equipped with a tiny video camera.
According to Matt Keennon, senior project engineer of California's AeroVironment, the task was very daunting. The most challenging aspects of creating the device were to figure out how it could control itself and how it would be able to fly for a prolonged period of time. Additionally, it was important that the drone seem real enough to appear as though it was a normal part of the environment.