Small scale insect drones are no longer just a Hollywood fantasy. Oxford University spinout company Animal Dynamics have created Skeeter, a dragonfly-inspired drone for surveying a battlefield during combat. It has insect-like wings that can glide or flap silently, making it perfect for covert military operations.
Whereas most drones use a helicopter-style vertical rotor which can struggle in turbulent air, Skeeter's wings can handle high winds and fly much further. These tiny robots might even help us with search and rescue, surveying, and agriculture in the future.
Dragonflies are nature’s most effective predators – fast, agile and quiet – understanding this flying ace is key to this mini-drone.