Did you know that creating lethal viruses in a lab was recently legalized in the US, after decades upon decades of secret and often illegal work with biological warfare? It’s worse than that: new biowarfare facilities are openly being opened still.
As it turned out to be worse than Americans could have ever imagined, disclosure after disclosure of biowarfare events over the years, it is also worse than we know when it comes to drones: especially insect-like drones that can function as surveillance devices or worse.
Insect drones, drones made to look like dragonflies or other insects are things people will look back upon this 2010’s decade and remember. The truth is, insect-like drones were first made (according to what we know) as far back as the 1970’s.
In the 1970’s, a dragonfly-like device that is essentially a drone was created by the CIA. It was called the “Insectothopter”. According to Spectrum:
“It was the 1970s, the Cold War was in full swing, and the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency’s Office of Research and Development had developed a miniaturized listening device. But they didn’t have a good way to maneuver the device into place without raising suspicions.
After scrapping the idea of a mechanical bumblebee, CIA engineers prototyped a dragonfly to carry the bug. Dubbed the Insectothopter, the bug-carrying bug was the agency’s first insect-size unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), and it seemed to show potential. Under ideal conditions, it had a range of 200 meters and a flight time of 60 seconds.”
Read more: Check Your Insects: Insect Drones Have Existed Since The 1970s