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November 25, 2008

9/11 MAVs ?

The Micro Air Vehicle (MAV) Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration (ACTD) developed a
backpackable, fully autonomous, vertically launched-and-landed ducted fan UAV capable of
providing electro-optical or infrared hover-and-stare support to the dismounted Soldier.
The MAV air vehicle is small (less than 14-inch duct outer diameter), flies autonomously,
has an endurance of 55 minutes at sea level, and can operate at altitudes over 10,000 feet.
These capabilities make it ideal for operations in the complex/urban terrain and extreme
conditions typical of restricted military environments.…inalMarch14.pdf

Knowing how the U S Government violates privacy laws using the excuse of “security”,
what caught my attention is that Honeywell markets their MAV for urban civilian use as well.…8CBB5BDECF7.htm

So when will Nano Air Vehicles be spying on us?

The objectives of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Nano Air
Vehicle (NAV) program are to develop and demonstrate an extremely small (less than 7.5 cm
wingspan), ultra-lightweight (weighing less than 10 grams) air vehicle system with the potential
to perform indoor and outdoor military missions in challenging environments.
The initial 18-month phase of the program ended in spring of 2008. During the first
phase, four contractors, AeroVironment Inc., Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Lockheed Martin
Advanced Technology Laboratories, and MicroPropulsion Corp., developed technologies for lift
generation and vehicle control via rotating and flapping wings, advanced stability and control
using video images, and analytical tools for developing low Reynolds number aircraft. The
contractors also conducted trade studies, risk mitigation testing and demonstrations, and
completed preliminary designs of their vehicle concepts.

Based on the results of the initial phase, DARPA selected AeroVironment to continue
developing its Nano Air Vehicle design. The continuing design effort by AeroVironment, which
will be completed in less than six months, will focus on further development of critical aspects of
their flapping wing concept. If this additional development work is successful, DARPA will
start an 18-month detailed design effort that will conclude with prototype system fabrication and
flight demonstrations.

“The NAV program will push the limits of aerodynamic and power conversion
efficiency, endurance and maneuverability for very small air vehicle systems,” explained Dr.
Todd Hylton, DARPA program manager. “We are interested in a system that has 20 minutes of
flight time, can withstand 2.5 meters per second wind gusts, can operate inside buildings and
have up to a kilometer command and control range.” In addition, the vehicle would be able to
hover and deliver a two-gram payload inside a building.

(Biological warfare? Two grams of weaponized anthrax have been shown to contain as many
as two trillion spores which, theoretically, could cause about 200 million deaths. Dr. Todd Hylton
is the DARPA Nano Air Vehicle project manager. He is also project manager for the Self
Decontaminating Surfaces Program and the Biological Sensory Structure Emulation Program.)

DARPA NANO AIR VEHICLE PROGRAM- May 2008…07180945041.pdf

Todd Hylton, Ph.D.



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