Newer drones created draw inspiration from the animal kingdom. These come in the form of bird wings and legs used for takeoff and easier flight, to insect-inspired designs. These insect creations copy the anatomy of insects in order to create a more durable drone, while also being lighter. In fact, newer drones, with more specialized uses, often take a page out of nature’s work.
The small Ionocraft
Researchers in the University of California may have just created the world’s smallest drone. The size makes it incredibly versatile in use, while also being able to fit into tight spaces when needed. The crowning achievement of this drone however does not come from its size. It comes in its flight capability.
The Ionocraft is a world’s first, in that it is a drone that has no moving parts. This means it does not require spinning rotors to navigate through the air. It also does not require wings to glide to its destinations to conserve any battery life. It flies solely on ionic thrusters.
Ionic Thruster Technology
The Ionocraft is about the size of a small coin. It is incredibly small and lightweight. The ionic thruster technology also makes it virtually noiseless when in flight. It has supreme stealth capabilities, and one may not even be aware of its presence even while flying.
The ionic thrusters create a propulsion system that requires to moving parts to fly and stay in flight. The Ionocraft offers a compact shape and design, and does not require maintenance of any moving parts.
Researchers covering the Ionocraft may branch out into other fields. Not only will the small stature be useful in exploration, the silent flight is also ideal for espionage. Creating a bigger version of the Ionocraft while retaining the idea can pave the way for silent aerial transportation as well.