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AUVSI 2017: CICADAs swarming in (video)

10th May 2017 - 10:00 GMT | by Beth Maundrill in Dallas


The US Naval Research Laboratory has spent the best part of a decade developing its Close-In Covert Autonomous Disposable Aircraft (CICADA) and is now presenting the smallest version, the mark five, to the unmanned industry.

The research lab is now looking to work with industry on getting the technology to a point where it can be sold to the US Navy and other commercial customers.

At Xponential the CICADA Mk 5 was demonstrated in a single size-A sonobouy tube, which can hold 32 of the small UAVs. Essentially a flying circuit board, CICADA has a very low per-unit cost.

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