US Army develops a surveillance aircraft

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A team of researchers at the US Air Force Research Laboratory, in collaboration with Airion Health LLC, has developed a precision aerial vehicle that can flap its wings like a bird or an insect and has the ability to change speed.

The small aircraft was designed for “open observation”, and to monitor conditions on the battlefield in the future. According to a statement by the US Air Force, the precision robotic plane can perform insect-like maneuvers using physical actuators without the support of a high-powered computer, and the plane generates power through the wings, based on its position and speed, while providing 6 levels of flight, which means, it can be repositioned forward or backward, up or down, and left or right. The aircraft will be remotely- controlled, allowing the flapping wing vehicle to achieve the desired flight dynamics.

 

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