DelFly2 and DelFly micro

The video you see above is the on board footage of the DelFly2 autonomous ornithopoter robot. Weighing 16 grams, it carries a small camera and can provide a live feed. If you’re amazed at the tiny size and weight of the DelFly2, check out the DelFly micro, video after the break, that weighs 3 grams. Remember when we thought 17 grams was small for an ornithopter?

All processing for the DelFly2 is done at a base station and transmitted to the flying bot to keep the weight down. The team also had to create their own brushless motor that runs at 60% efficiency and weighs only 1.6 grams. The 130mAh battery can sustain 15 minutes of horizontal flight or 8 minutes of hovering.

[via BotJunkie]


  1. prime says:

    I want one.
    It’d completely freak my cockatiel out.

  2. andrew says:

    How cute! Skynet’s first view of the world it will soon come to dominate.

  3. inhuman tsar says:

    spell check is your friend

  4. Grazz256 says:

    Is this really “autonomous” is all of the processing is done at the base station?
    If it loses comms what does it do?

  5. fartface says:

    Ok this one rocks… Not a hack, but a very cool project from scratch.. Time to dust off my old RC gear…

  6. dan says:

    I want one. If it’s that small, it can’t be hard to build, right? ;)

  7. andrew says:


    To me, autonomous mean without realtime control by a human. But, that’s just me.

  8. zool says:

    pretty amazing

  9. Matt Downer says:

    Pretty amazing. I bet this will be in use for spying…

  10. Grazz256 says:


    I think of it more as working by itself without outside influence.

    Don’t get me wrong tho, 16/3 grams with real time video is most definitely amazing!

  11. Drone says:

    Nice orinthopters but; the only thing worse than a vuvuzela is… accordion music.

  12. Ian says:

    That’s the coolest thing I’ve seen in a while.

  13. ss says:

    According to their website, the micro’s battery has a capacity of 30mAh, not 130mAh.

  14. Simonious says:

    I keep hoping to see one of these running on wireless power.

  15. Simonious says:

    Preferably harvested from ambient WiFi signals, though I suspect the power density just wouldn’t be worth the weight in additional hardware on such a small device.

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