European Engineers Unveil the World’s Smallest Flying RobotsEngineers in Belgium and Norway have developed the worlds smallest andlightest autonomous and remotely operated flying robots.BRUSSELS, Belgium and OSLO, Norway, December 17, 2003. After many years ofdevelopment in technology, concepts and materials, it has for the first time been possible tobuild micro flying robots weighing less than 7 grams. Unlike other micro flying robots, theserecently unveiled robots operate fully autonomously without any cables to transfer power orcontrol signals. The power comes from onboard batteries and they are operated by infra-red orradio based control devices. The micro flying robots were announced today, on the 100 yearanniversary of the first powered flight by the Wright Brothers.In Brussels, Alexander Van de Rostyne together with leading suppliers of micro roboticcomponents, has developed the Pixelito, a 6.9 grams helicopter-like flying robot with a full 4-axis control similar to larger helicopters. Its two-bladed rotor has a diameter of 148 mm and
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