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May 14, 2012 11:29 am
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Israel Unveils New Butterfly-Shaped Drone

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Israel "butterfly" UAV. Photo: www.elderofziyon.blogspot.com.

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is developing a new Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) in the shape of a tiny butterfly. IAI hopes the vehicle can be used to reach remote locations and gather information. The artificial butterfly weighs only 20 grams and is capable of a vertical takeoff, just like a helicopter.

The butterfly can take color pictures and is managed remotely with a special helmet. “When you put this on you are actually inside the butterfly’s cockpit. You see what the butterfly sees. You can fly at any altitude and distance and see everything in real time,” said Dubi Binyamini, head of IAI’s mini-robotics department, according to Israel Hayom.

“The butterfly’s advantage is its ability to fly in an enclosed environment. There is no other aerial vehicle that can do that today,” he added.

Potential locations ideal for the butterfly are forests and jungles, and even closed man-made spaces like airports terminals and train stations.

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  • Sammy Bett

    Thanks for the wonderful butterfly design. Well I did the same thing three years ago but mine didn’t fly; it was meant to scare away birds in the garden and to my surprise it was attacked by birds and totally destroyed. Now, since this butterfly will be conducting surveillance in the forest and it must get in conduct with birds like eagles and so on, did you consider such incident? If so, how did design it to cope with this situation because if the birds crowds over it, it will attract the enemies’ attention.
    Sammy bett from From Northern part of Kenya.

  • graham

    And a butterfly net will capture it and all that “technology” will be for nothing. LOL

  • Robert

    “The butterfly’s advantage is its ability to fly in an enclosed environment. There is no other aerial vehicle that can do that today,”

    Well… not exactly. We’ve beed doing that for several years. See: http://iarc.angel-strike.com/

    Also of interest: http://angel-strike.com/entomopter/EntomopterProject.html

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