It’s Raining Drones! NASA drops 100 drones tiny enough to fit in your hand

It’s Raining Drones! NASA drops 100 drones tiny enough to fit in your hand


MORE THAN 100 DRONES RAINED DOWN IN A SPINNING
SWARM OVER BEAVER DAM AIRPARK, VIRGINIA, AS NASA RESEARCHERS TESTED NEW AUTONOMOUS DATA
COLLECTORS. THE TEST FLIGHT CONSISTED OF FOUR LARGER DRONES,
NICKNAMED HIVES, WHICH ARE EACH LOADED WITH MORE THAN 25 SMALLER DRONES. THESE SMALLER DRONES, MADE BY THE NAVY RESEARCH
LAB, ARE CLOSE-IN COVERT AUTONOMOUS DISPOSABLE AIRCRAFT, OR CICADAS. THE GOAL IS FOR METEOROLOGISTS TO BE ABLE
TO USE A SYSTEM LIKE THIS TO GET THE MOST ACCURATE READING POSSIBLE BY DROPPING THEM
THROUGH A CLOUD OR STORM SYSTEM. ONBOARD EACH CICADA ARE METEOROLOGICAL SENSORS
GIVING EACH LITTLE DRONE THE ABILITY TO READ THE TEMPERATURE, AIR PRESSURE AND WIND SPEED. DURING THEIR GLIDE DOWN TO THE GROUND, THE
CICADAS ARE ABLE TO MANEUVER THEMSELVES USING GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM, INERTIAL MEASUREMENT
UNIT AND FLAPS ON EACH WING. WITH THE HIVES IN POSITION, THE CICADAS RELEASE
WITH A MECHANICAL SWITCH. CICADAS ARE FAMOUS FOR THEIR LOUD SEASONAL
CALLS. THESE CICADAS, HOWEVER, ARE NOT LOUD BUT THEY
DO “CHIRP” BY MOVING THEIR FLAPS, MAKING IT EASIER TO RECOVER THEM. WITH THE CICADAS RECOVERED, THE DROP WAS A
SUCCESS.

5 thoughts on “It’s Raining Drones! NASA drops 100 drones tiny enough to fit in your hand”

  1. One day your son or daughter is playing video games or piloting a toy drone. Then they find a career working for NASA or in the US Military making a good salary in service to America!

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