Cicada. Specifications. A photo.
Cicada. Specifications. A photo.

Cicada. Specifications. A photo.


Cicada - American multi-purpose UAV, developed by the Marine Research laboratory.

Initially, unmanned aerial vehicles developed by American specialists exclusively for civilian purposes, in particular. This device was used to monitor the environment, however, because of the lack of interest among potential operators, the project has undergone a number of changes, and received only military applications, where it continues to operate today.

Unmanned aerial vehicle model has a rather unusual design, in particular, the device lacks its own power plant and therefore, can only function in the planning mode, however, it is enough to explore the area. Because the drone is designed for reconnaissance area controlled by a potential adversary, the device is actually a one-off, however, because of its low cost, it does not create any significant problems however.

Starting US UAVs carries with a special booster device to the underside of the wings, which are fixed two drone Cicada model with itself booster vehicle is able to return to the place of direct starting.

Unmanned aerial means has a length equal to the fuselage 20 centimeters and wingspan in the order of centimeters 32, wherein the device is equipped with a small camera, a picture which is broadcast to the remote operator.


Technical characteristics of the Cicada.


  • Length: 0,2 m .;
  • Wingspan: 0,32 m .;
  • Height: 0,08 m .;
  • Maximum takeoff weight: unknown;
  • Cruising flight speed: 50 km \ h .;
  • Maximum flight speed: 80 km \ h .;
  • Maximum flight distance: 20 km .;
  • Maximum flight height: 4100 m .;
  • aircraft engine type: unknown;
  • Powerplant: none;
  • Power: unknown.



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