Israel Unveils Butterfly-Shaped Observation Drone

by | May 15, 2012

The butterfly drone can take color pictures and is managed remotely by an operator wearing a special control helmet.

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is developing a new unmanned aerial system shaped like a tiny butterfly designed to gather information from remote locations.

The artificial butterfly weighs only 20 grams and is capable of a vertical takeoff. It 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, said Dubi Binyamini, head of IAI's mini-robotics department, according to Israel Hayom. You see what the butterfly sees. You can fly at any altitude and distance and see everything in real time.

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

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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