March 12, 2005 The MLB Bat is a small, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that has capabilities typically found only in much larger and more expensive UAVs. The Bat is a complete UAV system that can operate autonomously, deliver high quality video imagery, and fits into two suitcase-sized containers. The aircraft operates autonomously, has a 6-hour duration, and telemetry range of up to 10 miles and can be launched from the roof of a car. Currently being evaluated to assist in protecting the soldiers traveling the dangerous dusty roads of Iraq, the Bat has many potential applications in peacetime operations too.
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