April 28,2014

2014 Technology Reports

Mr. Welch (5th/6th)

DRONES

by Captain Sparkelz


Do YOU enjoy flying rc planes and/or helicopters? Because this report is about Drones. In this report you will read about the amount.  For example, one third of the military’s aircraft are drones. Next, you will read about Payload.  Finally, you will read about robo-fly. I’ll bet you didn’t know that drones can be as small as a quarter .

AMOUNT

This is how many there are. According to Popular Science ( PopSci), nearly one in three American military aircraft is a drone, according to a congressional report, a 40-fold increase in the drone army from just a few years ago. From tiny man-portable flying wings to behemoth strike planes, unmanned aircraft now make up 31% of the military’s air power. I think that this is SUPER cool because it shows how protected the U.S. is

        This part is about payload. According to PopSci, The vast majority of these are that can be used to conduct surveillance but could barely carry cargo, let alone humans. But it's impressive to note that nearly a third of warplanes are robots, especially considering that in 2005, the number was just 5 percent. Danger Room obtained a Congressional Research Service report detailing the Pentagon's drone habit. I think that this is very cool because then no one will risk getting hurt.

        

Next Here is stuff about abilities. According to PopSci, There are probably too many redundant drones, the report finds, and they're bandwidth hogs to boot. But drones are here to stay, and will likely take on increasingly complicated responsibilities in the future military, from recognising faces to launching mini weapons or drones that can drop propaganda(. Check out some of my favorite drones pics)

ROBO-FLY

        This is about the Robo-fly. According to PopSci, Harvard researchers have developed Robo-fly, the smallest flying robot out there: it's tinier than a quarter and weighs about one-tenth of a paperclip. Using electric muscles, the little guy can beat its wings 120 times per second. When a voltage is applied, Robo-fly's muscles contract, which researchers can use to precisely maneuver it--enough to keep it hovering perfectly in place, or to dodge efforts to swat it.

Originally built to study insect flight, the researchers say Robo-fly might have applications in search and rescue, where it could maneuver through hard-to-reach locations. It still makes a noise that's about as annoying as a real insect, though.


Works Cited

Science,Popular. “Search drones.” http://www.popsci.com/find/drones