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It's a Nano Hummingbird!

Nano Hummingbird

Los Angles Times Story

Aerovironment has been working on this since 2006. Under a $4 million contract from Darpa they have a hummingbird drone that weighs 19 grams, flies 11 mph, can hover, fly forwards, backwards or sideways, turn clockwise and counterclockwise and flight time is 8 minutes.

 

19 grams! Battery, motors, communications, video camera, and hummingbird paint scheme. That's less than 4 nickels in weight.

 

The pentagon mileposts for this project include hovering in a 5 mph wind, fly indoors and back out through a normal size doorway.

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Comment by John Hestness on February 17, 2011 at 10:58am
I already didn't like what birds do to my house and car. And now they might be working for the government? But seriously that is pretty cool and it probably won't discharge all over my car. I just wonder how long until you can get one for free inside of a box of cereal.
Comment by Dale on February 17, 2011 at 11:02am

That's incredible!      

 

Identification, please.

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Comment by Leon on February 17, 2011 at 11:19am
I like it!
Comment by Jack Crossfire on February 17, 2011 at 12:14pm

The video of  a 1 minute flight is in http://www.avinc.com/nano

 

Not sure about the 8 minutes or the hours between overhauls, but suspect the $30 version from Shanghai is just around the corner.

Comment by Justin on February 17, 2011 at 12:23pm

Awesome.

 

But we really need a revolution in battery tech; 8 minutes is a tad too short.

 

Hopefully something like micro turbines will come along shortly.

Comment by Jeff on February 17, 2011 at 12:38pm
All I have to say is wow. That is impressive, so many dynamics in that little thing, plus the weight or should i say weightless-ness of it.
Comment by Brad Smith on February 17, 2011 at 1:30pm
my cables weight more than that,,,
Comment by Ørjan Kvalheim Lønningen on February 17, 2011 at 2:49pm

cool, but it's way bigger than a Hummingbird
little flight time (maybe much compared to size but still not long) 

 

Comment by Duane Brocious on February 17, 2011 at 5:17pm

I think "Airhogs" has them for $25 at TrU. ; )

Comment by arashi on February 17, 2011 at 7:29pm
It appears to just be FPV.

I'd love to see the guts though.

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