- Materials & Industrial Technology
Nano Hummingbird, a Spy Bird
Yesterday I have visited uncle's hub (Micky Dee) about “Bird”. I thought this could be a great hub if I write the same topic with him. At the same time I also read about a bird in my local newspaper. But this is not a common bird. I talk to you later. Actually I am bird lovers. I love how beautiful the birds sing. Just remember when we go to the forest and try to hear the sound of nature by accompanied of the bird singing. It’s so relaxing. For us who love meditation, the bird sound also helps us to relax. From my uncle’s hub, I can found many types of bird. This could become my inspiration to make this hub.
Don’t be surprised if this hub related with technology. This is not the real bird. Be careful if this bird fly around your neighborhood and watch your activity every day. This is a project that is being developed by United States Defense Department or we called Pentagon (US Army) through the scientist. They have developed a pocket size of Nano Hummingbird. This bird has a function as a spy robot. A robot but it can fly. They made this with a little size, like a tiny hummingbird. I liked hummingbird so much. This bird was beautiful and cute. They make this robot as a substitute for spy planes though it’s not much bigger than a common spy plane.
I wish it can be fly and beautiful like these birds:
This robot can fly like a little hummingbird and flapping its wings like the real bird. This bird has a length of 16 cm (6.5 inches) and weighing less than 15 grams (2/3 ounce). Nano hummingbird can fly with the speed up to 17 km per hour. I heard that Pentagon was need almost five years to develop nano hummingbird. Don’t be surprise with the cost about $ 4 million. Wow...this is a big cost just for an artificial bird. This bird equipped by tiny camera. This camera has a function as spying the enemies in the battle. I also find something unique about this robot. Nano hummingbird wasn’t detected by radar and it can blend with the environment. The scientist hopes this bird can fly across the open window and perched above the power cord. There’s a demonstration by the AeroVironment (this is a company which made nano hummingbird, a company partner of Pentagon). Another source said that the Phase II contract awarded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for the Nano Air Vehicle (NAV) program). The result is this bird can fly for eight minutes. In this demonstration, this bird can be in and out of the building and could fly in the wind speed about 8 km / hour. Todd Hylton as the Hummingbird project manager said “this invention was good as a pilot project for the new generation of spy plane with good performance and appearance like a bird”. Personally, I like the aerodynamic of this bird. This is a little machine which could fly on the sky. This is the new form of man-made flight.
Actually, two years ago this company has created the first prototype of nano hummingbird. At that time this bird could flew about twenty seconds. Recently, this bird could fly in eight minutes. I heard the team try to make this bird can fly longer than before. This is really great hand-made prototype. We can see all system in flight like: motors, batteries, communication system and also video camera. I hope we hear good news and this invention has a function not only for the battle reason but also can use for good purpose like for humanity. We can also use this robot for spying the criminal like a drug cartel, illegal transaction, chasing the robber who use the car for escape (for this case we need the fastest bird like a car). I believe the criminal don’t know about this bird which spying their activity. This is like a live report. Of course the Pentagon must share this invention with the Police Department. Please enjoy the video below:
You can also read my uncle's hub (Micky Dee) about "birds" at :
North Carolina's state bird is the northern cardinal (cardinalis cardinalis). To say that a bird is a cardinal, however, could mean a few things. One is that the bird belongs to the family cardinalidae, as some grosbeaks and buntings do. And a Cardinal should be able to recite at least one Catechism.