Insect Cyborgs to Fly Surveillance and Reconnaissance Missions

London, UK - 06 October 2007, 10:34 GMT

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The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) -- the original developer of the Internet in the 1960s -- has hatched plans for insect cyborgs to fly reconnaissance missions.

Cyborg insects with embedded Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems (MEMS) will run remotely controlled reconnaissance missions for the military, if its '"Hybrid Insects-MEMS" program succeeds. The HI-MEMS program hatched earlier this year at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency plans to develop cyborg bugs to patrol, gather intelligence, and carry out other significant surveillance and reconnaissance missions.

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