Skip to comments.Air Force Aims to Launch 'Spy Pigeon' Drone by 2015
Posted on 07/09/2010 8:54:16 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld
In the run-up to the invasion of Iraq, U.S. officials often had to rely on grainy satellite photos to decide whether facilities on the ground were intended for producing weapons of mass destruction. Now imagine that instead of overhead satellite imagery -- or even high-flying unmanned aircraft -- they could send in a flock of microdrones that could actually fly right over, or even inside, such facilities.
Even better, these drones -- equipped with chemical sensors that could pick up possible weapons work with near certainty -- would resemble typical birds, like pigeons, making them nearly impossible to spot. This high-tech spy vision is precisely what Air Force researchers are trying to build, and they believe such a microdrone is not only possible, but could be ready to fly in just five years.
"Ideally, it'll be a bird-sized UAV [unmanned aerial vehicle], with the current goal being a pigeon," Dr. Leslie Perkins, the lead for micro air vehicles at the Air Force Research Laboratory, told AOL News. The "birdlike" UAV would also be able to operate with minimal pilot intervention for up to a week at a time, she said.
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Heh heh. If they’re cheap to make, deploy, etc and generate alot useful intelligence, great. In the long run, continuous innovation will give our side the big edge.
With zero in the Oval Office, the only thing that going to fly are turkeys and feathers.
"[Name of County here] Department of Municipal Code Enforcement Aims to Launch 'Spy Pigeon' Drone by 2018"
Giving our troops more info while keeping them safe. Like it a lot! Just haven’t seen an OD pigeon before...
Does it have a laser beam attached to its head?
Maybe that is next.
Great idea for a weapon.
That’s a frickin’ laser, bud!
It’s a fantastic idea. This sort of stuff will revolutionize warfare in coming decades.
Imagine a hundred thousand of these things being released... semi automously flying around someplace like Afghanistan for weeks or months at a time. The intel value would be staggering.
Wait till they get the bug-sized drones working...
The greens will go crazy. The enemy will start shooting all real pigeons. It’s worse than windmills.
What a truly ignorant man !!
I thought this would be an amazing article, but since the lead scientist running it is a complete buffoon, I am sorely disappointed.
I am very glad you pointed it out! I did not know.Good Work
The eyes in the sky never blink.
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