[NetBehaviour] The CIA's Amazing RC Animals From the 70s.

marc garrett marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Thu Feb 10 12:05:02 CET 2011

The CIA's Amazing RC Animals From the 70s.

"If you were impressed at the remote-controlled ornithopters released in 
recent years, then this will really knock your socks off: In the 1970s, 
the CIA developed and tested a remote-controlled ornithopter that was 
disguised as a dragonfly — and at roughly the size of a dragonfly. It 
was intended to be used as a platform for listening devices. This 
'insectothopter' was laser-guided and powered by a tiny gasoline engine 
built by a watchmaker. While its performance was impressive, difficulty 
controlling the tiny craft in crosswinds made it impractical, and the 
idea was scrapped. The article also mentions a robo-squid, and has 
information on a remote-controlled fish (video) that is also very 
impressive." Slashdot.org


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