Gallery: The Solar Powered COM-BAT Spy Plane


In this season of specters and spooks, what could be scarier than a steel-winged robotic spy plane shaped like a bat? The aptly named COM-BATis a six-inch surveillance device that is powered by solar, wind, and vibrations. The concept was conceived by the US military as a means to gather real-time data for soldiers, and the Army has awarded the University of Michigan College of Engineering a five year $10-million dollar grant to develop it.

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  1. luvdalz68 August 8, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    It looks like it was inspired by the Crystal Bats in the movie “The Dark Crystal”.

  2. Finding Inspiration in ... July 16, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    […] robotic spy plane, known at the COM-BAT, was conceived by the US Military to gather real-time data for soldiers in the Army. The structure […]

  3. Music Hobo November 2, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    Agreed, but I would like to add where can I buy one?

  4. Fair Trade November 1, 2008 at 6:54 am

    Whilst I’m not convinced that it’s use will make the world a better place, it is a beautiful piece of design – the design of the wings is so organic.

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