FLIR Black Hornet: Super Small Drone for Individual Soldiers

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In this episode, the Roswell Flight Test Crew speaks with Arne Skjaerpe, the vice president for UAV operations at FLIR Systems about the Black Hornet: a tiny drone that can be carried and deployed by individual soldiers. The aircraft weighs just 18 grams and is available in “day” and “night” versions with different cameras. With a range of up to one mile, the Black Hornet provides a live video feed to the operator on a chest-mounted display. The total system, including two aircraft, a controller and the video screen weighs less than three pounds. The controller has been optimized for single-handed operation. The Black Hornet is a restricted product, and is only sold to agencies of friendly governments, such as: the military, law enforcement and firefighters.

50 Comments

  1. John C on August 2, 2020 at 9:16 am

    I’ll shoot that crap down if it’s in my yard

  2. Bern C. Prasertsri on August 2, 2020 at 9:17 am

    With all due respect to the VP and the interviewer having mentioned tactical operation background.
    Some things that should have been asked were: What transmission system does it use? Is it WiFi? Is it OcuSync? Is it some other transmitter system that’s worthy of its cost? …Because if its WiFi, that 1mi range becomes 1/4mi range in an urban environment or even less the lower the altitude. Might as well throw money in the rubbish, if that’s the case. Also what is its maximum velocity and ceiling? What is its crosswind stability capabilities? Flight time of X minutes at what power consumption rate? It is good technology and ideology. But the right questions need to be asked and the technology needs to be implemented for it to be practical.

  3. Miguel Peraza on August 2, 2020 at 9:18 am

    How much?

  4. Surajit Mandal on August 2, 2020 at 9:19 am

    Can I parchis this drone ??

  5. Bob on August 2, 2020 at 9:20 am

    Lol how is an RC helicopter a restricted product absolutely ridiculous this is your freedom people

  6. Mon Valley truth on August 2, 2020 at 9:22 am

    80,000 dollars is pathetic they just raised the price to that just cause they know governments will pay extra for stuff just goes to show you how pathetic these people are

  7. Sunita Painuly on August 2, 2020 at 9:23 am

    Black hornet helicopter ke andar ke part bataiye agali video MI

  8. daniel elbazTM on August 2, 2020 at 9:23 am

    I can build this myself

  9. Rishob Kumar on August 2, 2020 at 9:24 am

    What kind of super batteries are powering this ?

  10. CarbonGlassMan on August 2, 2020 at 9:25 am

    It’s only sold to governments, but it’s not hard to make your own. There are plenty of tiny quadcopters that give live video feed, have a range of miles, and can give the user situational awareness. Hell, a tiny airplane is great for that. It flies faster, stays up longer and is quieter.

  11. Parker Stahura on August 2, 2020 at 9:26 am

    Whatever happened to equally contesting state?
    Unconstitutional.

  12. H369 N369 on August 2, 2020 at 9:30 am

    Nice RadioShack toy drone.

  13. Kaiden Hall on August 2, 2020 at 9:30 am

    I want one!

  14. Johnson Albert on August 2, 2020 at 9:30 am

    How buy this drone and where online what is price

  15. icecool1616 on August 2, 2020 at 9:31 am

    I bet it can’t handle even a little wind.

  16. wirehyperspace on August 2, 2020 at 9:32 am

    better off making your own anyway

  17. Jonathan D on August 2, 2020 at 9:36 am

    1:18 “impossible to explain how much it weighs” uh how about 18 grams

  18. 2CanJam band on August 2, 2020 at 9:37 am

    Wow worlds greatest rip off artist ain’t worth 80k of tax payers money….it’s why we made it so we could help what??? Made it so you could get rich shut up lier🤣😂

  19. Johnson Albert on August 2, 2020 at 9:37 am

    It must be for public because the product now already spent 5+ years and it can help to common people to save others without help of arny police etc govt official

  20. Arki Tekto on August 2, 2020 at 9:38 am

    adverse in weather condition? this thing will just fly away, they just make it look army stuff to make a sale. Mavic mini is far better than this one.

  21. Sub_For_No_Reason Pls on August 2, 2020 at 9:40 am

    Cant i buy it

  22. Motorsheep on August 2, 2020 at 9:40 am

    20 million quid for 160 units.

  23. wrxsubaru02 on August 2, 2020 at 9:41 am

    Lookin a little glossy there, bro.

  24. Elliot Huh? on August 2, 2020 at 9:42 am

    Will this come with all the cool stuff the US gov offers free citizens for their drones? Like remote ID, geo fencing and no fly zones.

  25. MrWHS001 on August 2, 2020 at 9:42 am

    It would be a bit difficult in winds I would think

  26. RF RC on August 2, 2020 at 9:44 am

    Restricted product? gay as fuck why even show us you jack fucks.

  27. Jason Hunter on August 2, 2020 at 9:45 am

    Really bad set of questions

  28. squishy squirt on August 2, 2020 at 9:46 am

    Add this to modern warfare

  29. LinkedOnAir on August 2, 2020 at 9:46 am

    Looks just like the copter from egyptian hieroglyphs

  30. TDAKS on August 2, 2020 at 9:46 am

    So was there some security risk involved that prevented an actual demo ?

  31. Truth hurts J.J. Abrams on August 2, 2020 at 9:48 am

    China will be making this soon & selling it on wish for $30 lol

  32. Mario Mirdita on August 2, 2020 at 9:50 am

    How long does it fly?

  33. BikePackingPleb on August 2, 2020 at 9:51 am

    oh wow, drop one of these right ontop of the enemy and let the warthog tear it up. or a guidance laz if the range is lacking

  34. Shiva Ananda on August 2, 2020 at 9:51 am

    Who search this on amazon? Or EBay?

  35. ching song on August 2, 2020 at 9:53 am

    What do they sound like 2 or 3 ft from your head?

  36. OFF-Grid HillBilly Style on August 2, 2020 at 9:54 am

    Very soldier friendly and extra 3 pounds lol. Respect boys thank you for your sacrifices

  37. Jeremy Ramos on August 2, 2020 at 9:55 am

    That looks sneaky

  38. David Myers PhD ImechE. on August 2, 2020 at 9:55 am

    Could be improved better.

  39. Sperm cell with Internet on August 2, 2020 at 9:56 am

    I’m not spending my life savings on an air hogs.

  40. Ab Debee on August 2, 2020 at 9:59 am

    You are talking about saving lives, but you actually mean killing other people.

  41. Flynnster6767 on August 2, 2020 at 10:00 am

    its legit a spiced up remote control helicopter with a FPV camera. It could easily get smashed around and banged up while in store in combat.

  42. nitrous31 on August 2, 2020 at 10:00 am

    BIGGEST SHIT EVER!!!

  43. Joyy on August 2, 2020 at 10:01 am

    Lol screw government only drone lol. That’s a toy and dji or some other Chinese company will make better versions of that lol.

  44. onemanarmy on August 2, 2020 at 10:06 am

    Only a mile? Dont consumer drones go further these days? Lol better be hack proof.

  45. Asylumental on August 2, 2020 at 10:06 am

    My drone(quad copter) goes almost a mile away…I live stream 1080p …. and it has a fancy carbon fiber chassis…
    I built it for $1200cad…including the transmitter and the VR goggles..

    So what makes this thing so special to cost $50,000usd?
    I get that it’s about 5x smaller than my drone…and it has thermal cameras in addition to the HD streaming..
    But those few things add up to equal a cost over 50x that of a competitive racing drone? Crazy…

    I’d like to know more about exactly how much more advanced military technology is…what else they have access too..
    but seriously what makes it so expensive? Shouldn’t it be cheaper for the military if it is secret military technology? Sheesh..

  46. ching song on August 2, 2020 at 10:07 am

    Corona police could be deploying this unconstitutional contraption with their contact tracing app ( covid1984)

  47. Truth hurts J.J. Abrams on August 2, 2020 at 10:11 am

    Did you got Tourette’s or something stop bobbing your head with every word you say lol your making me sea sick

  48. Sean Parker on August 2, 2020 at 10:11 am

    does it work when windy?

  49. Mark Sierra on August 2, 2020 at 10:13 am

    This falls under the 2nd Amendment.

  50. nitrous31 on August 2, 2020 at 10:14 am

    TRUE MILITARY SHIT DRONE!

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