As Bugs Go, It’s Big. But for a Drone, It’s Tiny – and It’s Seen Combat

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This 18g sucker – looking like nothing so much as a porked-out dragonfly — has been used by the Brits in Afghanistan for three years. Now U.S. Special forces have some Black Hornet drones, too. Welcome to our latest installment of “Skynet is Coming, Skynet is Coming.”

I recently wrote a piece entitled “Dealing with Rogue Drones”. Here we are little more than a week later, and the links among drones, the military, bugs, and Michael Crichton sci-fi thriller flick RUNAWAY have become even more direct.

More interesting, perhaps, is the link between the military drone PD-100 Black Hornet and the consumer drone Lily: both what I’ll call “throw and show” drones, with different form factors reflecting their different use cases.

I’m trying to imagine what the world will look like in 30 years.

Nano UAV – Black Hornet – PD-100 PRS

Via Youtube Description:

The PD-100 Black Hornet is a nano UAV developed by Prox Dynamics. The Black Hornet offers intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support to armed forces in mission critical operations. The UAV gives access to remote locations and provides situational awareness on the battle field.The Black Hornet has been deployed in Afghanistan to meet the surveillance requirements of the UK Armed Forces. The UAV is also in service with the security forces of several other countries.

US Special Forces Are Experimenting With Bug Drones

Bug Drones PD-100 Black Hornet

Via Defense One:

If you hear this tiny flying bug drone buzzing around your head, an Army Special Forces team might not be far behind. The 18-gram PD-100 Black Hornet from Norway’s Prox Dynamics can bear regular and thermal cameras about a kilometer and stay aloft more than 25 minutes.

At the recent National Defense Industrial Association conference, Defense One reporters saw the Hornet in flight and checked out its surprisingly clear video feed. It’s launched from a small box that straps to a utility belt, which is also where the data is stored, as opposed to on the drone itself, in case it’s captured. The video feeds directly to a small, chest-mounted screen. The operator steers it forward, backward, up and down with a videogame-like one-handed controller, or sets waypoints to allow the drone to fly itself.

Read full article at Defense One “US Special Forces Are Experimenting With Bug Drones”

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