posted on Nov, 30 2005 @ 03:28 PM
I can really see soldiers using micro versions (6-10 inch wingspan) of these in one or two decades maybe sooner. They could be very handy in ubran
settings. Reach into your backpack pull out a micro UAV let it fly and get a view of whats waiting around the next block or on the roof tops
I really like the concept of the "Honeywell's Micro Air Vehicle" in this article. I wonder how small they could make that design. Most of the micro
prototypes I have seen have been pretty much micro planes. That thing is more like a mini heliocopter. Imagine a tiny version of that you could sit
there and hover looking in windows.
Battery life seems to be the major obstacle with really micro UAVs. I have seen a tiny flying robot from japan
But it could only fly for about 3 minutes, not very practical in the real world as a spy.