Watch this amazing video of the Nano Hummingbird, an aircraft that looks and flies like a hummingbird. It’s the world’s smallest Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, or UAV, weighing in at just two-thirds of an ounce including on-board video camera and battery. It hovers and flies up to 11 miles per hour by flapping two wings just like a real hummingbird.
The Nano Hummingbird in the video is a prototype built by AeroVironment Inc., the company famous for making the Gossamer Condor, which in 1978 was the first successful human-powered airplane to fly a mile. AeroVironment built the Nano Hummingbird through a contract awarded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) of the U.S. Department of Defense.
In his years with EarthSky, Jorge Salazar conducted thousands of in-depth interviews with scientists. He knows a lot about as diverse as nanotechnology, ecosystem-based management, climate change, global health, international environmental treaties, astrophysics and cosmology, and environmental security. Jorge currently works as a Technical Writer/Editor for the Texas Advanced Computing Center, which designs and deploys powerful advanced computing technologies and innovative software solutions for scientific researchers.