Fyling Insect Surveillence

  • EM QUANTUM Flying Insect
Last month, on January 12th, 2017, the United States military demonstrated the largest micro drone swarm at its Naval Air Weapons Station in China Lake, California. The micro drones run on two double-AA batteries and can function for up to twenty minutes. This test is an example of the military’s ambition to get ahead of the spy drone movement, which is four years behind the United Kingdom. What use is the  micro drone to the military? Well, using micro drones in a swarm can be strategic in reconnaissance and surveillance. The swarm drones are launched by the F/A – 18 Super Hornet fighter jet. The swarm drones can work collectively to share information such as mapping out an enemy target area or establishing the location of moving equipment. Other tests included flying  in aerial formation, sharing in decision making and even self-healing (the ability to repair itself).  The information gathered would be hard to prevent and could cover a wide area.
A few years ago researchers revealed that they had created “cyborg beetles” that can be guided wirelessly. Live beetles had radio receivers attached to their bodies, and electrodes implanted in their muscles. Researches worked out how to control a beetle's take-off, flight and landing by stimulating the brain to work the wings. They were able to control turns by stimulating the muscles on one side to make the wings on  that side flap harder. The embedded system uses nerve and muscle simulators, a micro battery and a micro controller with transceiver. Three types of large beetles were used in the experiments at the University of California in Berkeley. Where was PETA? Certainly the military has come a long way. EM Quantum has been working on creating more ways to capture information, such as improving video and condensing data without losing quality. This would fervently increase the ability of micro drone applications and MAV’s (micro air vehicles).