Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Marines Bring Wasps to Iraq and Afghanistan


Marines in the Middle East now have a new tool to use. The Wasp is a Micro Air Vehicle (MAV) that has been in testing and development for over a year. It contains a GPS and two color cameras but is only seven inches long with a thirteen-inch wingspan. It is designed to fly about 100 feet off the ground at speeds of 21-46 miles per hour and can stay airborne for about 90 minutes. Using the Wasp, Marines can recon an area and even see people and determine if they have any weapons or not. The Wasp is operated by a small remote control with a seven-inch color screen from up to 6 miles away.

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