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The Pentagon has conceived to create a drone in the form of a bat

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The US Department of Defense announced a tender to create a promising drone, the design of which would use the principles of bat flight. The drone will be used for reconnaissance and data transmission to adjust the actions of artillery, special forces and aviation.


The Pentagon has conceived to create a drone in the form of a bat


The fact is, according to Defense News magazine, that modern unmanned aerial vehicles are made similar to helicopters or airplanes. Rotating screws create noise, which sometimes can be heard without the help of special devices, which makes it impossible to covertly observe. UAVs, able to fly silently, will provide secrecy intelligence. In addition, vehicles that move with the help of flapping wings will be more maneuverable, it will be more difficult to hit them with anti-aircraft weapons. The winner of the competition will receive a grant from the Pentagon to develop a new UAV

Note that in February last year, American scientists from several technological universities created the Bat Bot drone or Bot-Bat drone. Their robot can fly, flapping its wings, soar and fall upside down like a real bat. Drone weight is 85 grams. The “skeleton” of the apparatus is made of carbon fiber, and the “skin” is made of a silicon-based membrane. Each wing has nine joints, four of which are passive, and five function autonomously. Due to this, Bat Bot can fly without the help of a propeller, which increases its maneuverability in enclosed spaces. The cost of the project, calculated for three years, is about 1,5 million dollars, writes "RG-Force"

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  1. win
    win 29 January 2018 13: 21
    +6
    Two bats hang upside down. One asks the other:
    “What was the worst day of your life?”
    - When I started diarrhea. belay
    1. Giant thought
      Giant thought 29 January 2018 13: 30
      0
      In any case, the engine will be more powerful to carry the payload, so there will still be problems with stealth.
      1. cniza
        cniza 29 January 2018 13: 32
        +1
        Many, but so far only models, are working on such an apparatus.
    2. siberalt
      siberalt 29 January 2018 13: 42
      +2
      So let them create a half-meter grasshopper robot to jump for a kilometer. The energy costs of biological creatures are an order of magnitude less than mechanical ones, and work is an order of magnitude greater. Even if this mouse flies, it will not last long.
      1. voyaka uh
        voyaka uh 29 January 2018 14: 06
        +1
        They are also thinking about this. In grasshoppers, fleas in the joints of the legs, a complex electrochemical reaction occurs when jumping. Like .. "biological explosion." Therefore, they jump - as the rocket starts. Of course, they try to imitate such reactions. Mount the exoskeleton into the knee - and ran in huge leaps, shooting on the fly ... wassat
      2. Polite Moose
        Polite Moose 29 January 2018 14: 20
        +1
        Quote: siberalt
        The energy costs of biological creatures are an order of magnitude less than mechanical ones, and work is an order of magnitude greater.

        Absolutely right. At the current stage of technology development, a biological object with installed / implanted controls will be more suitable for practical use. For example, hang a video camera between the legs of a crow and glue the bridle with an electromagnetic drive to the beak to set the height and direction of flight by turning the head. Naturally, this requires a force limiter, or else ... And there is no need to implement an algorithm for returning to the launch point. To fly home will fly.
    3. Landscaping
      Landscaping 29 January 2018 15: 23
      0
      Someone this diarrhea does not fly further than 30 meters
  2. volodya
    volodya 29 January 2018 13: 22
    +1
    Yes, let them do it, even in the form of a flying crocodile!
    1. san4es
      san4es 29 January 2018 14: 59
      +3
      Quote: volodya
      Yes, let them do it, even in the form of a flying crocodile!

      ... or a rhino laughing
  3. KVU-NSVD
    KVU-NSVD 29 January 2018 13: 22
    +4
    Progress rushing. Next in line are drones - insects
    1. win
      win 29 January 2018 13: 23
      +5
      USA - bat-man (batman), spider-man, ant-man, iron man.
      Russia (USSR) - a story about real person.
    2. Gray brother
      Gray brother 29 January 2018 13: 29
      0
      Quote: KVU-NSVD
      Next in line are drones - insects

      Nenene it already was, now the size popёr upward.
  4. Gray brother
    Gray brother 29 January 2018 13: 26
    +2
    A mahogany with such a mass will be carried away by the wind. The wings have a large sail, and the power ratio is low.
  5. Bossota
    Bossota 29 January 2018 13: 33
    0
    Batman - A New Reincarnation laughing
  6. Polite Moose
    Polite Moose 29 January 2018 13: 52
    0
    The weight of the drone is 85 grams. The “skeleton” of the device is made of carbon fiber, and the “skin” is made of a silicon-based membrane. Each wing has nine joints, four of which are passive, and five function autonomously

    But from a moral and ethical point of view, I wonder what is the similarity of a drone with its biological counterpart? No, if you use it in the Arctic, it doesn’t matter. In addition to vigilant reindeer herders there, the bat will not interest anyone. And if you apply it in an area where bats are found in abundance, then with maximum similarity, males, not fully awakening after hibernation, can in fact, at best, mistake for a competitor and clean the lenses, and in the worst - for object for mating and ... Sorry for the development. And the little animals are sorry.
  7. A. Privalov
    A. Privalov 29 January 2018 13: 52
    0
    This "news" is exactly one year old, and the mouse itself is already four years old. hi
    1. Geisenberg
      Geisenberg 29 January 2018 13: 58
      +2
      Quote: A. Privalov
      This "news" is exactly one year old, and the mouse itself is already four years old. hi


      It’s necessary to publish something))
  8. Geisenberg
    Geisenberg 29 January 2018 13: 57
    0
    Well hello comrade Batman)))
  9. armourer
    armourer 30 January 2018 02: 14
    0
    A type of dragonfly UAV will be more interesting
  10. dog breeder
    dog breeder 30 January 2018 08: 12
    +1
    Quote: Polite Moose
    Quote: siberalt
    The energy costs of biological creatures are an order of magnitude less than mechanical ones, and work is an order of magnitude greater.

    Absolutely right. At the current stage of technology development, a biological object with installed / implanted controls will be more suitable for practical use. For example, hang a video camera between the legs of a crow and glue the bridle with an electromagnetic drive to the beak to set the height and direction of flight by turning the head. Naturally, this requires a force limiter, or else ... And there is no need to implement an algorithm for returning to the launch point. To fly home will fly.


    A bird can fly with its head turned, regardless of where the head is turned. Of course, except ducks and geese. In rocket science there is a steering wheel scheme, a duck.