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Insect drones for reconnaissance and rescue operations

RoboBee developed by researchers

Developed by Moritz Graule of Harvard University, RoboBee are the smallest flying drones in the world. Still linked to the need to be connected through a cable to an external electronic brain and to an energy source, in the future RoboBee could form a real army that can be used during reconnaissance, accidents, catastrophes and rescue operations, especially in dangerous places. After giving the drones the ability to swim, the researchers' objective will be to keep them in flight for as long as possible by providing them with autonomous energy sources. Microscopic flying objects weighing only 0.08 grams, the minidrones are able to exploit static electricity and are equipped with very light anchoring devices that allow them, just like insects and bats, to cling to walls, cliffes and protrusions.

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