Monrovia company develops hummingbird-shaped drone

The "Nano Hummingbird," developed by Monvrovia-based AeroVironment Inc., has a wingspan of six-and-a-half inches and weighs less than an AA battery.
The "Nano Hummingbird," developed by Monvrovia-based AeroVironment Inc., has a wingspan of six-and-a-half inches and weighs less than an AA battery. Via AeroVironment

A Monrovia company has developed a miniature drone that doesn't look anything like your normal drone. It's in the shape of a hummingbird.

The "Nano Hummingbird," which was developed by AeroVironment Inc, has a wingspan of six-and-a-half inches and weighs less than an AA battery.

"In fact it has a body design that has the coloring scheme of a hummingbird," said Steven Gitlin, a spokesman for Aerovironment. "It’s got a little beak that sticks out of it and those two wings provide all of the propulsion and the control for this vehicle."

The company developed the prototype for the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The hummingbird can fly for about eight minutes at a time. Its developers predict that someday it could spy on enemies by flying through a window, or settling onto a power line.

Some critics have raised concerns about the privacy issues that could arise with miniature drones like the "Nano Humminbird."

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