Nano Hummingbird Robot: Nano Air Vehicle by AeroVironment Funded By US DARPA (video)

By on Feb 20, 2011 in Headlines, Technology, United States Comments
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Nano Hummingbird robot is a Nano Air Vehicle (NAV) developed by AeroVironment (AV) and reportedly funded by the US Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

According to AV‘s official website, the project aims to develop a new air vehicle system that can be used for indoor and outdoor military operations and provide reconnaissance and surveillance missions.

The prototype micro aircraft is camera-equipped and can stream live high resolution video. Nano Hummingbird uses its mechanical wings to gain propulsion and maintain balance.

According to AV, the Nano Hummingbird robot has already exceeded many of DARPA‘s Phase II technical requirements listed below.

  • Demonstrate precision hover flight.
  • Demonstrate hover stability in a wind gust flight which required the aircraft to hover and tolerate a two-meter per second (five miles per hour) wind gust from the side, without drifting downwind more than one meter.
  • Demonstrate a continuous hover endurance of eight minutes with no external power source.
  • Fly and demonstrate controlled, transition flight from hover to 11 miles per hour fast forward flight and back to hover flight.
  • Demonstrate flying from outdoors to indoors, and back outdoors through a normal-size doorway.
  • Demonstrate flying indoors ‘heads-down’ where the pilot operates the aircraft only looking at the live video image stream from the aircraft, without looking at or hearing the aircraft directly.
  • Fly the aircraft in hover and fast forward flight with bird-shaped body and bird-shaped wings.

Watch the following video from ABC News for additional information about the Nano Hummingbird.

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