Friday, February 18, 2011

The bird of the Pentagon spying on the enemy at the front

A hi-tech spy disguised as a bird. It is called "Nano Hummingbird" and measures just 16 cm the last invention of DARPA, the Pentagon research agency. It seems a harmless hummingbird, the smallest bird in the world, but is a powerful electronic device with remote control, which hides a tiny camera that can travel up to 17 kilometers per hour.

According to the designers who have committed five years to develop, will be used by the U.S. military to spy on enemy positions at the front and the areas occupied by the armies of antagonists. This spy bird is not the first artificial volatile built by AeroVironment Inc, the leading technology companies working for the Pentagon.

However, the tiny artificial hummingbird differs from other examples because it can only fly flapping its wings, while most of the devices created to date were equipped with bulky helix. The bird is able to land through open windows and rely on electric wires. As demonstrated in the last movie filmed demonstration dall'AeroVironment the bird-light can pass through the doors of buildings, a speed of 18 km / h and withstand winds in excess of eight miles per hour.

Todd Hylton, manager of the California company that works for the Pentagon, explained that this invention is really important: "It will open the way for a new generation of aircraft - Hylton said the Los Angeles Times - They have the agility and the ' appearance of small birds. The artificial hummingbird is just one of many weapons built by AeroVironment spy for the U.S. Army. Last year he produced 2,182 copies of RQ-11 Raven, miniature aircraft weighing less than 2 kg and are fully automated. The first prototype of the Nano Hummingbird was presented by California-based company two years ago, but he could only fly for 20 seconds. Over the past 24 months the technology of spy hummingbird has made great strides and now the artificial bird can remain airborne for up to 8 minutes.

But scientists of the company ensure that over time the Nano Hummingbird will fly for longer. Chris Fisher, head of the Hummingbird Project, says enthusiastically: "It gives the opportunity for soldiers who are on the battlefield to know what's on the other side of the hill. You can see past what they show you the binoculars.

A small hummingbird can get up and go and watch what's over the hill. This gives the soldiers a huge advantage. " According to Fisher, the younger soldiers, accustomed to playing video games, will have no problems dealing with bird-spy flights: "Move the joystick and our devices soar. For a young military is really a breeze.

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