WASP seeks out Wi-Fi and gives it back
by Mark R
If you were to take a look at this thing, you might think it was a giant wasp.
It actually is a WASP, also known as a Wi-Fi Aerial Surveillance Platform It is actually a modified US Army gunnery target drone, and it does fly.
The purpose of this flying guy is to be a Wi-Fi sniffer. It is guided by an open source auto pilot, and it has a lot of equipment to seek out a stable Wi-Fi signal. From there, it can beam it back to its operators via Wi-Fi, RF, or 3G connections. It was recently presented at Defcon 18, a hacker’s convention at Las Vegas.
Okay, I want to see if I’m getting this right. Someone has invented a flying device that will sniff out a Wi-Fi signal, and then can beam it to you. Man, I would get something like this in a second if it could really guarantee me a signal every time. Instead of opening up my laptop and hoping that a signal is there, I could just let the WASP seek it out.
Except wouldn’t this WASP eventually lose power, and fall? Maybe if it was solar powered, or working like a kite, then we would have something. Yes, I’ve got to come back down to Earth for this one. Somebody might want to correct me with a comment if I am misinterpreting the use of the WASP.