Military drones that mimic hawks and insects
2015-01-18, 05:02 PM,
#1
Wow amazing:
Quote:Powered by tiny ultrasonic motors that measure just 2 to 3 millimeters, the team has also designed a millipede-like robot that simulates crawling when voltage is applied to the PZT material.

Big snippet:
Quote:Picking through the rubble of war-damaged buildings in combat zones, looking for enemies, survivors, booby traps or worse is one of the most dangerous jobs in the military.

To take the dirt and danger out of mopping up operations, a Pentagon agency is developing a surveillance robo-hawk that could fly through the detritus of the urban combat jungle at 45mph.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) -- already famous as the maker of some of the U.S. military's more far-fetched war robots -- aims to develop autonomous drones small enough to fit through an open window.

Speeding through unstable buildings or threatening indoor spaces at 20 meters per second, the unmanned aerial vehicle would obviate the need for physical entry that puts troops or civilian response teams at risk.

Part of a military brief called the Fast Lightweight Autonomy program, the study is looking at developing new algorithms to allow a small UAV operating without a remote pilot and without use of GPS waypoints to navigate stairways, corridors and other obstacles.

"Birds of prey and flying insects exhibit the kinds of capabilities we want for small UAVs," said Mark Micire, DARPA's Program Manager. "Goshawks, for example, can fly very fast through a dense forest without smacking into a tree.

"Many insects, too, can dart and hover with incredible speed and precision.

"The goal of the FLA program is to explore non-traditional perception and autonomy methods that would give small UAVs the capacity to perform in a similar way, including an ability to easily navigate tight spaces at high speed and quickly recognize if it had already been in a room before."

Ultimately, the agency says the algorithms developed in the program could enhance other types of unmanned missions, including underwater environments where GPS systems don't work.

"Urban and disaster relief operations would be obvious key beneficiaries, but applications for this technology could extend to a wide variety of missions using small and large unmanned systems linked together with manned platforms as a system of systems," said Stephanie Tompkins, director of DARPA's Defense Sciences Office.

The aim of the program would be to take the grunt work out of repetitive tasks where fatigue can mean the difference between life and death.

"By enabling unmanned systems to learn 'muscle memory' and perception for basic tasks like avoiding obstacles, it would relieve overload and stress on human operators so they can focus on supervising the systems and executing the larger mission."

Miniaturizing drones that could negotiate indoor environments has also been a focus of the U.S. military.

Its Army Research Laboratory, known as ARL, in Adelphi, Maryland, are currently working on a project to develop robotic surveillance insects with wings just 3-5 centimeters in length.

The wings are made of lead zirconium titanate, known as PZT, a material that flaps and bends when a small voltage is applied.

"We demonstrated that we can actually create lift," said Dr Ron Polcawich who heads the team. "So we know this structure has the potential to fly."

Source with full article: http://edition.cnn.com/2015/01/14/tech/m...index.html check out the pictures.
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2015-01-21, 07:17 AM,
#2
I'm hoping to get into this field. This kind of stuff is awesome. Imagine an insect-drone with cloaking capabilities.......the possibilities...
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2015-01-21, 08:22 AM,
#3
Code named "HawkEye"
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2015-01-22, 02:08 PM,
#4
(2015-01-21, 07:17 AM)fuzzy_corleone Wrote: I'm hoping to get into this field. This kind of stuff is awesome. Imagine an insect-drone with cloaking capabilities.......the possibilities...
Yeah, me too! Just imagine the possibilities!

And having said that, if this goes to a near completion, the elite CPA guys will be making something like this >> Free HawkEye Drones if you take 10 surveys!
Money Grin Money Evil

But really, this would be great!
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2015-01-22, 02:31 PM,
#5
(2015-01-21, 07:17 AM)fuzzy_corleone Wrote: I'm hoping to get into this field. This kind of stuff is awesome. Imagine an insect-drone with cloaking capabilities.......the possibilities...

Yeah it does look awesome I agree.

(2015-01-21, 08:22 AM)Jack Daniels Wrote: Code named "HawkEye"

Roger that. ;)

(2015-01-22, 02:08 PM)atebon Wrote:
(2015-01-21, 07:17 AM)fuzzy_corleone Wrote: I'm hoping to get into this field. This kind of stuff is awesome. Imagine an insect-drone with cloaking capabilities.......the possibilities...
Yeah, me too! Just imagine the possibilities!

And having said that, if this goes to a near completion, the elite CPA guys will be making something like this >> Free HawkEye Drones if you take 10 surveys!
Money Grin Money Evil

But really, this would be great!

Lol I would not be surprised, someone made some fake keygen for VIP I noticed.
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