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Wasp Micro Air Vehicle (MAV)
There are variations and sizes of the Wasp that have been around for several years. The video below was just released by AeroVironment, Inc. Their joint goal with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is to develop a small Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) capable of performing “hover/perch and stare” missions. The Stealthy, Persistent, Perch and Stare (SP2S) UAS is based on AV’s small Wasp UAS, a one-pound, 29-inch wingspan battery-powered air vehicle that is being procured and deployed by the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Marine Corps. The goal of the SP2S program is to develop the technology to enable an entirely new generation of perch-and-stare micro air vehicles capable of flying to difficult targets, landing on and securing to a “perch” position, conducting sustained, perch-and-stare surveillance missions, and then re-launching from its perch and returning to its home base. Hand-launched and handheld ground control units are used for missions that include base security, route reconnaissance, mission planning, battle damage assessment, and force protection.
WASP UAS The Wasp Micro Air Vehicle (MAV) is a small, portable, reliable, and rugged unmanned aerial platform designed for front-line day/night reconnaissance and surveillance. Wasp is the result of a multi-year joint development effort between AV and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). (Editor’s Note Not sure why the commandos are after the bass fisherman but they got them thanks to Wasp!)