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Program Manager: Leo Christodoulou, Ph.D.

logoDARPA's Wasp micro air vehicle is a small (approximately 14-inch wingspan, approximately one-half pound), portable (i.e., back-packable), reliable, and rugged unmanned air platform designed for front-line reconnaissance and surveillance over land or sea. Wasp serves as a reconnaissance platform for the company level. The air vehicle is capable of loitering in excess of one hour at 35 miles per hour, and provides unobtrusive, real-time imagery from low altitudes. Wasp's current payload consists of two color video cameras (front and side), global positioning system sensor, altimeter, compass, and sophisticated autopilot enabling hands-free operation. Wasp's ground control station is common to the Raven, Pointer, and Puma unmanned air vehicles. Wasp prototypes have been deployed for user evaluation by the U.S. military in-theater. The Wasp family of vehicles embodies a number of variants, including an extended range version, an IR-sensor equipped variant, and an optic flow collision-avoidance equipped type.







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