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‘Pocket drones’: U.S. Army
developing tiny surveillance
tools for the next big war

Washington Times, by Douglas Ernst

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Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 7/25/2014 3:44:18 PM

Future U.S. Army soldiers sent into combat may have a brand new tool at their disposal: the pocket drone. (Snip) When the Army’s efforts come to fruition, the Cargo Pocket Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance program will provide dismounted troops with real-time surveillance of threats in their environment. “The Cargo Pocket ISR is a true example of an applied systems approach for developing new Soldier capabilities,” said Dr. Laurel Allender, acting NSRDEC technical director, Army.mil reported July 21. “It provides an integrated capability for the soldier and small unit for increased situational awareness and understanding

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The enemy will someday say, "Is that a pocket drone in your pocket, or are you just happy to "see me.?"

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: schnapps, 7/25/2014 3:47:54 PM     (No. 9940087)

Let´s hope it´s programmed to evade a fly-swatter.
Or bug spray.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: dvc, 7/25/2014 5:36:04 PM     (No. 9940207)

Sounds pretty feasible.
I have a couple of toy helicopters that look a lot like that. Add in a tiny camera and some electronics for easier control, maybe even an automated searching routine - make the baby helo locate walls with echolocation and fly into the middle of a room and rotate slowly to view it, then locate a door and go through it and examine the next room.
Wouldn´t be very hard to develop for the indoors. Outdoors, wind would be a factor.

If I was going to bust into a possible ambush in a house or down an alley, I´d like to have a nice look at it with a microdrone first. If the bad guys kill the drone, it still gives away their position.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: kahlerbob, 7/25/2014 6:01:05 PM     (No. 9940241)

Think how much the statement of charges would be if you lost your pocket drone!!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Gram77, 7/25/2014 6:11:51 PM     (No. 9940258)

"Next big war".......God help us.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: dman, 7/25/2014 7:39:07 PM     (No. 9940339)

Like Carter´s revelation that we had stealth technology, there are some things that I would rather not know. If we know about it, then so do our enemies - eliminating any element of surprise and directing them to develop countermeasures.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Videodrone, 7/25/2014 8:53:46 PM     (No. 9940415)

those can´t have much of a range - only are so many joules you can store for so much weight

with rotor power along with RF Tx (and secure which means lots more bits needed to transfer A/V) these two major drains would limit it to a few minutes of flight at most

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