More than 30 military and government organizations in at least five Chinese provinces use drones in the form of birds. New drones are actively used in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, where Muslims mostly live. About this writes the news publication South China Morning.
The new program, code-named “Dove”, led by a professor at the North-Western Polytechnic University in Xi’an, has not yet been widely used in comparison to other types of unmanned aerial vehicles that are currently used extensively in China. In contrast, the new drones actually mimic the movements of birds, gradually gaining altitude and making sharp movements in the air. The creators of drones say that they are also not determined by radar and other detection systems.
“Pigeons” are so noiseless and realistic that real birds often fly next to them. The development team has already conducted more than 2 thousand test flights. The UAV is equipped with an HD camera, a GPS antenna, a flight control system and a satellite data link. The mechanism of the design of the wings is driven by a small engine, and special software adjusts their movement. “Pigeon” weighs 200 g, has a wingspan of about 50 cm and can fly at speeds of up to 40 km/h for 30 minutes.
Such drones are not the only ones of their kind. Realistic robotic falcons, created by the Netherlands company Clear Flight Solutions, now work in Canadian airports, protecting the airspace from flying birds.
Despite technical progress, Chinese pigeon drones are still far from perfect. They cannot fly long distances, resist strong winds, rain or snow. In addition, they do not have a collision avoidance mechanism, and electronics are sensitive to electromagnetic interference. Nevertheless, the developers hope that the next generation of robotic birds cannot only fly in difficult conditions but also make independent decisions in the air thanks to artificial intelligence and machine learning.
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