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