Insect Mosquito Spy Drone Photo - Internet/Facebook Rumour

3 Apr 2013 - Article No: 1701. Filed under: General | Internet/Facebook Rumour

Is this a mosquito?
No. Its an insect spy drone for urban areas, already in production, funded by the US Government. It can be remotely controlled and is equipped with a camera and a microphone.It can land on you, and it may have the potential to take a DNA sample or leave RFID tracking nanotechnology on your skin. It can fly through an open
window, or it can attach to your clothing until you take it in your home.

This image that has been circulated the Internet since at least 2012 purports to show a mosquito size MAV (Miniature Aerial Vehicle or Micro Air Vehicle) funded by the US Government that can be remotely controlled with the ability to take photos, extract DNA or leave RFID tracking technology on humans.

(Yes, another RFID related conspiracy theory of which there has been no shortage, including this persistent rumour.)

However the photo is not real. Whilst Miniature Aerial Vehicles are real, the technology is not even close as to what is depicted in the photo. The photo actually shows an artists rendering of a possible future contraption. If the US government were secretly using such devices for the alleged covert reasons, it is unlikely - we would imagine - that they would be photographing it and passing it across the Internet.

Current small MAVs in general use by the military include the WASP which is far larger than the mosquito drone depicted in the image above, about the size of a large bird.

Of course technology is always improving and the production and development of smaller MAVs is certainly happening, such as DARPAs Hummingbird Nano Air Vehicle program that was recognized by Time Magazine in 2011 which aptly produced an MAV the size of a hummingbird. But as you can see from the video the technology still has some way to go.

With that said, the image above does not depict a real MAV in use, and the assertion that it is being used to implant people with RFID chips is just the continuation of an on-going and demonstrably false conspiracy theory about the clandestine or forced implantation of tracking chips in (usually) US citizens, without a shred of evidence to support those claims.

Yes, MAV technology is real, and it is likely that in the future we will see increasingly smaller and versatile MAVs being used as the technology used to create them develops, but for now we still have some way to go before current technology is able to create a functional MAV capable of extracting DNA or placing RFID chips on/from unwary targets.

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