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Lockheed Martin To Design Nano Air Vehicle for Military

Lockheed Martin was recently awarded a $1.7 million contract from The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to design a novel remote-controlled nano air vehicle (NAV) that can collect military intelligence both inside and out on the battlefield. The 10 month contract will including funding for design, risk assessment, flight control system, and computer modeling of the NAV system and its sensors, which will be about the size of a maple tree seed. If the design review and testing of the NAV proves to be successful, DARPA may provide additional funding for Lockheed to test and create a flying NAV prototype. The contract will be executed by the Lockheed Martin ATL team, which includes Sandia National Laboratory, AeroCraft, and the University of Pennsylvania.

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