Imagine a small tiny drone that you can launch from your hand, capable of obtaining 360 degree views, a drone that is inherently stable and actually inspired by a maple seed.
Lockheed Martin is behind the design and plans to make them even smaller and adding swarm capabilities.
The head of Lockheed Martins Robotics Lab was quoted recently saying;
“Think about dropping a thousand of these out of an aircraft,” said Bill Borgia ….Think about the wide area over which one collect imagery. Instead of sending one or two expensive, highly valuable aircraft like we do today, you could send thousands of these inexpensive aircraft, and they are almost expendable.”