Commercial Robotics

Bat UAV Does Day and Night Surveillance

Posted 27 Aug 2005 at 22:02 UTC by steve Share This

Roland Piquepaille writes, "the Bats from the MLB Company are man-portable unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) systems which can deliver high quality video imagery for a reasonable price of about $42K. They've been on the market for a while, but now, NASA and Air Force teams are testing them as flocks of robot aircraft for monitoring wildfires, according to a San Diego Union-Tribune story. These planes have a wingspan of 5 feet, weigh only 15 pounds, and can fly for up to six hours. The best thing is that they can fly during the night, thus avoiding any potential conflicts with other aircraft such as air tankers dropping fire retardant. Still, they are awaiting FAA approval before being allowed to fly around passenger-carrying aircraft." For more details on the Bats, see Roland's latest blog posting or the MLB Bat UAV product brochure (PDF format).

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