The purpose of this paper is to provide a review of recent developments in miniaturised flying robots.
Following a brief consideration of micro‐ and nano‐aerial vehicles, the paper discusses recent US and European research into the development of miniaturised flying robots.
This paper shows that research into miniaturised flying robots is gaining pace and much is being funded by the US military. Two major strands of research are devices which mimic the flight dynamics of insects and living insect‐microtechnology hybrids (cyborgs). The technologies remain at an early stage of development but covert surveillance and intelligence gathering are key future applications.
The paper provides a technical review of the latest developments in miniaturised flying robots.
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