Micro Air Vehicles from Honeywell may be Dispatched Soon

by Mark R

Micro Air Vehicles from Honeywell

Ah, Honeywell, thank you for the gift of hovering spy drones so we can always have someone to watch over us.

Yes, that image you see isn’t a prop from a 1984 movie (which would still be timely, by the way), but a spy drone that can fly a 100 waypoint flight plan at 57 MPH, at a 10,500 foot altitude.

Apparently, these Micro Air Vehicles (MAVs) are already in place over Iraq and Afghanistan, which are hopefully watching out for enemies. They are waiting for FAA permission to be used here in American soil.

According to Reuters, the Miami-Dade police department hopes to deploy these MAV guys “soon”. I was kind of hoping that we would see these flying eyes later rather than sooner, honestly.

Yeah, I’m not looking forward to the day when the skies will be peppered with these. Many gadget blogs are comparing these MAVs with the Probe Droid from The Empire Strikes Back, and you have to admit the resemblance is uncanny. Hopefully, I’ll never have to see these things travel at low altitudes like Darth Maul’s hovering search-droids in The Phantom Menace.

Well, time will tell if Big Brother will be watching us. However, I have seen the near-future, and it is full of increased speeding tickets.


5 reviews or comments

nick Says: March 26, 2008 at 10:04 am

A pretty sophisticated coat hanger right there

spidereric Says: March 30, 2008 at 9:16 pm

they hav this thing on GRAW 2…go GRAW 2!!!

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