Look at These Cute Little Drones

February 4, 2013 at 7:01 PM Leave a comment

An incredible amount of money is going into drone technology (i.e., military industrial complex technology) around the world.  Just imagine if those resources were going toward combating things like climate change, income inequality or wellness care:

Tiny Drones via  UPI.com

(Image via UPI.com)

It’s tiny, but it’s not a toy.

British troops in Afghanistan have been testing out tiny unmanned aerial vehicles — a.k.a. drones — that are small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. At four inches long and 16 grams, the Norweigian-made “Black Hornet Nanos” look just like the tiny play-helicopters you might see at the toy store, but they carry tiny cameras that capture both still images and video.

According to the BBC, about 160 of these little flyers are darting around Afghanistan on surveillance missions for soldiers.

“We used it to look for insurgent firing points and check out exposed areas of the ground before crossing, which is a real asset,” Sgt. Christopher Petherbridge said in an announcement Monday. “It is very easy to operate and offers amazing capability to the guys on the ground.”

The Hornets travel at a top speed of 22 mph and can remain in the air for about 30 minutes.

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