PQC: Some years ago, during a conversation with a group of young Vicom-expats about political assignation and poisoning the specific target with specific bio-element, I suggested that they could have used RC robot insect… “Uncle, you must have watched too much scifi movies!”. That’s what I got from the conversation!
Anyway, this “Insectothopter” was born in 1970s when smartphone, pc, super micro-chip , micro camera with 3G, 4G, 5G etc did not exist! Nowadays, my 5 years old grand nephew would play around with his built-in camera toy drones in various shape and size that are as small as half of a cigarette pack! And guess what, they all are made in China! I don’t know how small an expensive toy drone would be, much less a professional drone from three letter agency!
Imagine that a tiny “Insectothopter” of a certain government carrying just a drop of bio-virus fluid and “park’ right inside the room of a marked high value individual.
During The 70’s, The CIA Created A “Robot Dragonfly Spy”
February 27th, 2020
The United States’ Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is well known for its desire to spy on, track, and contact mass surveillance in order to store information on every single human being possible. And now, thanks to a Freedom of Information Act request, it’s known that they created a robot dragonfly to spy on us.
Newly-released CIA documents show how the espionage agency developed a robot dragonfly spy. The tiny aerial surveillance device – known as the “insectothopter” – was built in the 1970s according to the CIA Museum, where it has been displayed for 16 years. But blueprints for the robotic insect were released this week by the U.S. spy agency to the website The Black Vault. Those blueprints reveal the finely honed microengineering behind the little spy machine.
They show how CIA engineers had built miniature listening devices by 1970, but getting them over obstacles such as an embassy wall remained a major obstacle. Many know that the U.S. government, under the Patriot Act, began to spy relentlessly on our every move and store all of the information that they could on us.
When it was first revealed that the Bush Administration had implemented a secret program of warrantless wiretaps and domestic spying on US citizens, few Americans knew that all of this had happened before. In the early 1970s, it was revealed that US government agencies, including the FBI, CIA, NSA, and IRS, were being used as part of a deliberate plan to infiltrate and disrupt political opponents, and this plan had continued for 20 years under four different Presidents, both Democratic and Republican. This report by the Senate Select Committee (the Church Committee) details the elaborate efforts by the FBI, CIA, and NSA to spy on Americans by tapping their telephones, by intercepting and copying their mail, and even by burglarizing their homes (known as “black bag jobs”). In response to this report, Congress established the FISA courts that Bush bypassed when he directed the NSA to once again spy on Americans without court approval or oversight.
“The ultimate demonstration of controlled powered flight has not yet been achieved,” the CIA chief scientist, who helped develop the robotic dragonfly wrote.
In the end, the robot dragonfly – developed 40 years before unmanned drones – never flew and the spy agency closed the project, but they didn’t stop their quest to find new ways to conduct mass surveillance.
Insectothopter, CIA’s UAV from the 1970s
By Administrator on January 14,
The Insectothopter was a miniature unmanned aerial vehicle developed by the United States Central Intelligence Agency’s research and development office in the 1970s. The Insectothopter was the size of a dragonfly, and was hand-painted to look like one. It was powered by a small gasoline engine to make the wings move and was fueled by a very small amount of gas. The project was abandoned when the Insectothopter was found to be too difficult to control in crosswinds.
It took nearly seven years for documents to be released on the Insectothopter. They were finally received in January of 2020 (release letter dated 16 December 2019).
The CIA also produced and released the below video, which has been available since circa 2015. However, the documents have never been released before now.