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Robo-wings: Military drones that mimic hawks and insects

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A Defense agency is working on a surveillance robotic hawk that could fly through an urban combat jungle at 45mph

The study is looking at developing new algorithms to allow a small UAV to operate without a remote pilot

The algorithms developed in the program could enhance other unmanned missions, including marine environments

CNN  — 

Picking through the rubble of war-damaged buildings in combat zones, looking for enemies, survivors, booby traps or worse is one of the most dangerous jobs in the military.

To take the dirt and danger out of mopping up operations, a Pentagon agency is developing a surveillance robo-hawk that could fly through the detritus of the urban combat jungle at 45mph.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) – already famous as the maker of some of the U.S. military’s more far-fetched war robots – aims to develop autonomous drones small enough to fit through an open window.