MAVs Are Go: The U.S. Military Drones That Are So Small They Even Look Like Insects
They look like children’s toys that are left discarded in wardrobes around the world.
But these innocent-looking devices are actually some of the most sophisticated drones on the planet.
The U.S. Air Force is developing the miniature spy craft with the goal of making them so small that they resemble birds and even insects.
Some even have moving wings that military chiefs hope will look so convincing that people won’t pay them any attention.
The Micro Air Vehicles (MAVs) are being developed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.
The base’s Air Force Research Laboratory mission is to develop MAVs that can find, track and target adversaries while operating in complex urban environments.
The engineers, led by Dr Gregory Parker, are using a variety of small helicopters and drones in the lab to develop the programs and software.
Testing takes place in a controlled indoor environment, during which data is gathered to analyse for further development.