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Watch this amazing video of a hummingbird-sized aircraft

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.

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February 17, 2011
Human World

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