MIT Developing Mach 0.8 Rocket Drone for the Air Force

MIT’s AeroAstro labs is working to develop a drone that can fly at speeds up to Mach 0.8, or roughly 614 mph. Dubbed the Firefly, the drone is essentially a mini-rocket and has a similar shape to a zeppelin. It is designed to launch from a fighter jet and collect data or distract enemy weapons systems.

The Firefly is designed to meet a challenge presented by the U.S. Air Force: develop a UAV no more than 2.5 inches wide and 17 inches long that could be air-launched from a fighter jet and fly at Mach 0.8 for 2 to 5 minutes. After MIT’s recent success building the Peredix swarming drones that also launch from a fighter, the team feels confident they are up to the new challenge.

 

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