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The fusion of nature and technology is no longer limited to science fiction. As engineers continue to advance in their quest to design concealed surveillance equipment, breakthroughs in the development of smaller cameras and tiny flying robots may have finally come together.

A guarded example of this type of technological advancement is the dragonfly drone. This piece of advanced technology was once believed to be an impossible goal, but improvements in micro-avionics have helped to increase this concept’s chances of becoming a reality. The dragonfly drones are a general name for insect-like surveillance equipment that has challenged multiple companies in the engineering and scientific communities for years. The final product should look like a dragonfly but work like a long range reconnaissance drone.

To successfully construct such an advanced piece of technology, developers have followed two paths. The first strategy to successfully building this drone began with developing a flying machine that could mimic a dragonfly’s size and movements while carrying an advanced micro-recording device capable of transmitting a live feed back to its controller. The camera and audio equipment was created but the prototype drones were plagued by an inability to handle crosswinds.

In the last year, flying stabilization and compensation through improved electronic response has enabled tiny processors to now read and compensate for the challenges of crosswinds. With flight stabilization and micro-surveillance technology both being a reality, the likelihood of a real dragonfly drone seemed inevitable till a new obstacle presented itself: how to carry fuel. Actual dragonflies expend a tremendously high amount of energy, like hummingbirds, to perform sustained hovering. It is for that reason that a dragonfly must eat hundreds of other insects in a single day. As engineers struggle to copy this appealing flying format, the problem of refueling became the determining factor in preventing this concept from becoming a reality.

Then a second path to developing the dragonfly drone was created. Alternatively, scientists theorized that it might be easier to equip a living dragonfly with the surveillance equipment by attaching a small apparatus that also allowed for simple muscle stimulation through remote control. While the marriage of the biological and the technological is prevalent in the modern age, it may have not fully materialized for these tiny flying robots; yet. Nobody has explicitly announced that they have succeeded in making the first long-range insect drones, but newly developed beamed-power may prove it is coming soon.

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