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Robot fliers in commando competition

People and micro-aircraft race to rescue 'hostages'

Robots inspired by moths, locusts, flies and swifts will take to the sky this week in an international competition for micro aerial vehicles in Agra, India. Teams will vie for the title -- as well as up to US$600,000 in funding -- for their tiny flying machines.

The mission calls for squads of aerial and ground robots to reconnoitre for human 'commandos' tasked with reaching 'hostages' in a building one kilometre from the launch point. The robots will need to detect and disarm simulated chemical mines in an urban environment, and guide the commandos past guard teams to the hostages -- all within 40 minutes.

The robots will use a mixture of wireless communication with a ground-control team, and autonomous navigation.

"It's a tough competition," says entrant Hemendra Arya, an engineer at the India Institute of Technology in Mumbai. "It really gives a challenge for the designer."

Micro aerial vehicles (MAVs) are hard to detect, maneuverable, portable, and more energy-efficient than larger aircraft. The United States is currently using first-generation MAVs the size of a rucksack to warn convoys about roadside bombs in Iraq.

Larger unmanned aerial vehicles such as the Predator have been used for years to spot and attack enemies, but they need an airfield. The effort to build smaller craft got a boost when the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) began sponsoring competitions in late 1996. The US Department of Defense is co-sponsoring the Indian competition.

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callmeshane9 years ago
How neat.... The US military, sorry I mean corporate contractors, and their politician lackeys, are getting grass roots support to make more things to kill more people in more countries, so they can use the military to get the population out of the way, or working for the American corporations and their puppet governments, and then steal all their resources. How nice.
Quit crying and try to have a little fun. You ideologies are not welcome here and opinions should be kept to your self. Like many wise people say, "Opinions are like butt holes, everyone has one and all of them stink." So out of courtesy please keep those thoughts for yourself.
Why?

This is a forum. It is here for people to share their thoughts and ideas, whether you agree with them or not. The whole point is to share differing opinions.

Also, your entire statement is an opinion. If you are unwilling to let others share their opinions, keep your hypocritical opinions to yourself.

"I disagree with everything you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it."
-Voltaire ( okay, no it wasn't, but the quotation still works.)
I fully agree with you and I was wrong to do so. The internet was created for exactly that reason and I am glad there is someone out there who's eyes are still open that. Good day to you Sir.
Way to man up!
Good one Billy Bob - do yer play the banjo too, or tain't yer lernd to reed them thar books yit?
While we're on the subject of moral imperatives, you might want to watch your Appalachian stereotyping as well. Ignorance does not have an accent, or a border...apparently. (Ok, so the last word is an expression of irritation, sue me.)
You don't need to know how to read in order to learn the Banjo. I should let you know that it isn't polite to criticize someones right wing ideologies for you will see the light someday. I believe in you grasshopper, for you are wise.
See people talk about them there bad old pedophiles going roun and mollesterin them children....

But GROOMING - unscrupulious grooming, is so common place....

Pats on the head if they are doing what we want, kicks in the arse when they don't do what we want...

Training people to make knots in ropes at scout camps is fun....

training them to make nooses to hang other people with is also fun - it you train them to accept this.

I mean this is exactly what the US Dept of Defence is doing...

This is a good read:

http://www.warisaracket.org/

"I spent 33 years and 4 months in active service as a member of our country's most agile military force--the Marine Corps. I served in all commissioned ranks from second lieutenant to Major General. And during that period I spent most of my time being a high-class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and for the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer for capitalism. I suspected I was part of a racket all the time. Now I am sure of it. Like all members of the military profession I never had an original thought until I left the service."

Smedley D. Butler (1881-1940)

I mean grooming people to eat shit, drink shit and think shit is easy - Look at all of the unscrupulousness the advertising industry is based upon.

Bush lied his arse off... many people are so stupid they just swallowed it wholesale....

Watch this - the last minute or two... "George Bush is from Texas so he must be right".... Not a grain of critical thinking amongst them......

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oTRmOBSLSU

Soooooooo give the people pats on the head, "Oh I am sooooo good and I won a prize" (for making more things to kill more people....)

That vid is awesome! Yes, there are many stupid people in this country. However, It takes a lot of intelligence to be elected into the office of the President of the United States. In all honesty, I didn't even get the "U" country until he said it. lol! Good day sir.