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The lethal micro-drones that can crawl, hover and perch

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February 20, 2013 in Technology

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U.S. Air Force developing terrifying swarms of tiny unmanned drones that can  hover, crawl and even kill targets

Miniatuur

  • Air Vehicles Directorate at Wright-Patterson  Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, is already developing prototypes of tiny drones  that can hover
  • The Micro Air Vehicles will work in swarms  to provide complex surveillance of a battlefield
  • They can also be armed with incapacitating  chemicals, combustible payloads or even explosives ‘for precision targeting  capability’

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Micro Drone

 

The Atlantic’s Conor Friedersdorf  highlighted a “terrifying” prospect on the military technology horizon. The U.S. Air Force are building micro-drones that are “unobtrusive, pervasive, and lethal” weapons.

According to a feature in the National Geographic looking at the progression of drone technologies, “the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has challenged researchers to build drones that mimic the size and behavior of bugs and birds.” The “bugbots” are supposed to “hide in plain sight.” Micro-drones already developed by the Air Force have been built to “resemble winged, multi-legged bugs.” In an Air Force simulation video shown to the National Geographic and posted below, “the drones swarm through alleys, crawl across windowsills, and perch on power lines. One of them sneaks up on a scowling man holding a gun and shoots him in the head.”

Friedersdorf expresses concern that such technology could fall into the hands of America’s enemies. “Sure, we have a technological advantage right now, but micro-drones sure seem like a disruptive technology that will eventually help rather than hinder attempts at asymmetric warfare,” he wrote. Meanwhile, privacy and human rights advocates will likely have their worries piqued by the existence of “unobtrusive” and “pervasive” drones in U.S. hands alone.

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Getting smarter by the day <i>(Image: Prox Dynamics)</i>

The Black Hornet featured in the News

 The Black Hornet – tiny spy drone that can follow enemy targets all the way home.

The Prox Dynamics PD-100 Black Hornet Personal Reconnaissance System was featured on several news sites on February 2nd, 2013. The articles describes Black Hornet operations in Afghanistan and are based on a press release from the UK Ministry of Defence. Click on the links to read the complete articles.

BBC News, February 13th (1:55 minutes)

www.dailymail.co.uk

www.bbc.co.uk

news.sky.com

www.shephardmedia.com

www.uasvision.com

LA Times

UK MoD sources:

www.gov.uk

www.defenceimagery.mod.uk

www.youtube.com (2:38 minutes)

 

 


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2 responses to The lethal micro-drones that can crawl, hover and perch

  1. I think I’ve seen one of these before when I was out in these small woods beside a prairie that’s in my city. It looked kind of like a black hornet and I mean literally, not like that little helicopter. I had my skateboard in my arm and the thing flew between my board and body then landed right in front of me on a tree. I got a close look at it and couldn’t recognize what creature it was but noticed it was mainly black, had eyes like a bee and a stinger. Except this thing was larger than any hornet I’ve ever seen, was loud when it flew and didn’t appear very natural. I was flipping out while looking at that thing because I noticed pretty fast something about it wasn’t right so it flew higher up onto another tree still looking at me as I kept flipping out. Eventually I walked away continuing on down the trail. This happened last year and I know how crazy it sounds but that bug definitely wasn’t all natural. I wish I could’ve caught that thing on film but I don’t carry a camera and haven’t had a cell phone in years. Better yet I should’ve captured it because if that little helicopter cost $200,000 this “creature drone” had to be worth insane amounts. It does perplex me why that drone would be there but probably was just doing open test runs.

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