Biometric designs being used for the creation of drones may not be anything new within the industry, and nature is often used as the inspiration and even the template, for some unmanned aerial vehicles, but China’s new Dove drone may just be something we’ve never seen before.
How does the drone resemble a dove?
China’s newest drone creation looks every bit like an actual dove, and its aerial movements are so akin to those of the bird it resembles, that it can simulate up to 90% of its movements and go undetected by even the most advanced of radars, while flying.
The drone is so dove-like, that reports have shown it to have been mistaken for a bird on multiple occasions.
How do the drones ‘wings’ work?
The dove drones aren’t fitted with rotors or fixed wings, yet they flap up and down in the same way as a bird, enabling them to alter their shape while the drone ascends, accelerates or descends during its flight path.
What else can a dove drone do?
The dove drone makes for a great surveillance tool as the absence of rotors means it’s much quieter when in flight. It’s also equipped with a high-definition camera, GPS antenna, flight control system, and a data link that can communicate with satellites. It’s also light, weighing in at a mere 200 grams and has a wingspan of almost 20 inches. Able to fly at 25 miles per hour for a duration of up to 30 minutes, this little bird-like drone has the potential to successfully infiltrate certain areas, and gather data for up to half an hour before it can simply be replaced by another one.
Who will be using the dove drone?
With the technology proving to have vast potential for use on a large scale in the future, its unique advantages mean that it could easily meet the demand for drones within the military and civilian sectors. In fact, around 30 government agencies within at least 5 Chinese provinces, have already begun testing the drone.
While it would be great to get your hands on one of Chinas newest drone inventions, it’s doubtful that they would be affordable to anyone other than the exceptionally wealthy, and it’s likely that they’ll be targeted for use within law enforcement, anyway. So, for now at least, if you spot what looks to be a dove perched atop your roof or fence, there’s probably no cause for alarm or paranoia!