The CICADA-equipped Tempest UAV, being lifted to altitude by a weather balloon
The CICADA is a gliding unmanned air vehicle, designed to deploy sensors in enemy territory (note the pen, for scale)
A Tempest UAV, releasing a CICADA UAV from under its left wing
When soldiers want to gather intelligence in enemy territory, they often have to travel into that territory themselves, depositing acoustic, magnetic, chemical/biological or signals intelligence sensors by hand. Not only does this place the soldiers in harm's way, but the logistics of such missions can also end up being quite costly. That's why the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory Vehicle Research Section created the CICADA unmanned air vehicle (UAV). The tiny sensor-equipped glider was successfully tested at Arizona's Yuma Proving Grounds on September 1st.
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