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Black Hornet: Revolutionizing Reconnaissance with Nano Drones

The "Black Hornet" refers to the PD-100 Black Hornet Personal Reconnaissance System (PRS), a small military micro unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by the Norwegian company Prox Dynamics, which was later acquired by FLIR Systems. It's one of the smallest drones used for surveillance and reconnaissance purposes by military forces. The Black Hornet 3, the latest version of this drone, has the following specifications:

1. Weight: Approximately 32 grams.

2. Size: Its dimensions are roughly 6.6 inches in length with a rotor span of about 4.8 inches.

3. Speed: It can reach a top speed of 13.5 km/h.

4. Range: It can operate up to 1.6 km away from the operator.

5. Flight Time: It has a flight endurance of up to 25 minutes.

6. Camera: The drone is equipped with steerable Electro-Optical and Infra-Red cameras that allow the operator to recognize people, objects, vehicles, etc.

7. Navigation: It uses GPS navigation for outdoors and has a visual positioning system for indoor navigation.

8. Operating Temperature: It is designed to operate in temperatures ranging from -10°C to +43°C.


The Black Hornet is designed to provide troops on the ground with local situational awareness. They are inherently safe and pose virtually no risk to other air vehicles or people and property on the ground when they crash, given their lightweight nature.


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