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Hurricane Research to be abetted by the CICADA Drones

Hurricane Research to Be Abetted By the CICADA Drones

Drones are the next big thing that is going to take the world of technology by storm in a couple of years. The drones are currently being developed on a large scale owing to their increasing application in the field of medical, defense, and commercial sector. Currently, a group of researchers from the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory has developed a small, flying drone that is designed such that it can directly collect the important data from the hurricanes after being dropped from the airplane in between the hurricane.

The tiny machine has been named “Close-in Covert Autonomous Disposable Aircraft MK5 (CICADA)” owing to its similarity to a boisterous spring-emerging insect. This flying circuit boardis a disposable one that can be controlled using a GPS. Additionally, it is an inexpensive and autonomous drone that can be used and later disposed of.The comparison to the spring insect is just not right as the drone actually has a very silent and virtually detectable nature in the air. The tiny aircraft prototype has a flattened wing and a body design for enhancing its take-off.


The drones can be deployed through the airborne vehicles in large numbers during the time of hurricanes and get hold of the intricate details. The drones have sensors implanted in them so as to collect large and accurate data from across the whole sky. The glide ratio of the tiny aircraft is about 3.5 to 1, that is, it can fly 3.5 Feet forward at almost every foot of descent. The drone is designed such that it weighs about 35 Grams including the weight of the sensor payload and circuit board. The GPS technology installed in the device helps it navigate up to 15 Feet of the target on the ground. The antennas present on the wings transmit the data collected to the home base the moment it lands on the ground.

The overall production cost of the drone is $250, which makes it the least expensive. Now, the scientists are trying to create as many drones as possible for stacking them in a container as in the case of Pringles. The drones are currently being tested by being dropped from 8000 Feet in different altitudes and in different locations. The drones are being tested to be deployed through manned or unmanned vehicles, balloons, or guided missiles.The data including metrological or chemical information will be collected by the unmanned vehicle using its GPS and inbuilt sensors.

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