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September 25, 2007

Swarms

I'm sure you guys are way ahead of me in tech news, but I just thought this was so cool.

Resembling the seed of a silver maple tree, the single-winged device would pack a tiny two-stage rocket thruster along with telemetry, communications, navigation, imaging sensors and a power source.

The nano air vehicle, or NAV, is designed to carry interchangeable payload modules -- the size of an aspirin tablet. It could be used for chemical and biological detection or finding a "needle in a haystack," according to Ned Allen, chief scientist at Lockheed's fabled Skunk Works research arm.

They're designed to be delivered by air en masse as a swarm, and controlled remotely. That's right. No nano-pilots yet.

Frickin' brilliant. Little scary. But mostly brilliant.


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