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Small is Beautiful: Nano Drone Tech is Advancing

AeroVironment Nano Hummingbird UAV produced for DARPA experiment with wing designs.

AeroVironment Nano Hummingbird UAV produced for DARPA experiment with wing designs.

August 2, 2017 | Source: Defense iQ, defenseiq.com, 7 July 2017, Rory Jackson

The technology behind unmanned air systems (UAS) has taken off in recent years and as a result UAS can fly faster and further than ever before – performing ever more sophisticated surveillance operations.  

Developments in size, weight and power (SWaP) optimized technologies have driven these improvements, allowing smaller man-portable systems more flexible tactical capability, and enhancing larger medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) class UASs built by leading manufacturers like Northrop Grumman and General Atomics.  

This jump in capability has been boosted by the development of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) variants on mission-critical components such as accelerometers and gyroscopes as well as the miniaturization of various crucial supplied parts.

Also see associated article, Equipping Insects for Special Service, https://www.dsiac.org/resources/news/equipping-insects-special-service