The Mapleseed A Nano Air Vehicle For Surveillance

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARP) is a central research and development organization for the Department of Defense.

The organization is working with an aircraft company to design a surveillance drone shaped like a mapleseed. The remote-controlled nano air vehicles (or NAVs, for short) would be dropped from an aircraft. Then, it would whirl around a battlefield snapping pictures or delivering various payloads. Besides controlling lift and pitch, the wings will also house telemetry, communications, navigation, imaging sensors, and battery power. If built, the NAV may only be about 1.5 inches long and have a maximum takeoff weight of about 0.35 ounces.

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