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Army Scores a Super-Stealthy Drone That Looks Like a Bird

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Posted in Hardware on 2nd Dec, 2013 01:45 AM by AlexMuller

The big problem with drones is they look like, well, drones. It makes them easy to spot, and easy to target. The Army has a solution to this problem: make them look like birds.

 
A microdrone that resembles a bird would be harder to spot, the thinking goes, rendering them almost as invisible to the enemy as the soldiers controlling them.
 
Maveric has a bird-like profile with flexible wings, giving it the appearance of a raptor in flight. The drone, made of composite material, can fly as high as 25,000 feet and zip along at between 20 and 65 mph, making it just the thing for reconnaissance missions. And those super-stealthy guys in Special Operations.
 
“There was a Special Operations requirement for a plane that had a natural, biological look — it wasn’t supposed to look DoD-ish,” Derek Lyons, vice president of sales and business development at Prioria Robotics, told Flightglobal.
 
Earlier this fall, the Florida robotics company won a $4.5 million contract from the U.S. Army’s Rapid Equipping Force to produce 36 Maverics for an urgent, but undisclosed, need. Training the Joint Special Operations Task Force to use Maveric started earlier this month, according to Prioria, and fully-equipped delivery is expected in December.
 
Maveric weighs just 2.5 pounds and can be contained within a 6-inch tube. There’s no assembly required to prepare it for use, and it can be launched in less than 5 minutes by a single soldier. Once it reaches 100 meters, it’s silent to those on the ground. The battery’s only good for about an hour, but it takes just 30 seconds to swap a dead pack for a fresh one and have it ready to fly again. The drone is retrieved with a net.

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Comments

Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-02
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Drones could be useful - no doubt. They are also not very popular as they have been involved in some not so precise actions that affected civilians Reply
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Posted: 2014-06-23
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Can someone plaese explain economics to me? Specifically answering the question that follows? Many of the $250,000+ income evil rich are business owners, that income comes from their business. Taxing away more of that money means they will need to reduce costs in their business, or go out of business altogether. Their single largest cost, and the one they have the most control over, is usually payroll. So, their strategy will be to massively lay off employees. (The post election layoffs have already begun in anticipation).Question: How does this help the low-to-middle class citizens aka the ones who depended on those (lost) jobs for their income? Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2016-07-22
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A minute saved is a minute eaedrn, and this saved hours! Reply


 

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