Weighing 45 lbs., the Cyberbug Grande unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) can transport a 12-lb. payload and fly for up to 1.5 hours. Flight time can be extended with a reduction in payload.

The UAV can deliver supplies and/or carry sophisticated surveillance equipment, including cameras, to serve the military or law-enforcement needs. Cost of the vehicle is less than $100,000.

Made by Cyber Defense Systems Inc., based in St. Petersburg, Fla., the Grande supplements the company’s line of popular CyberBug UAVs. Models weigh from 2.5 to 14.5 lbs., with traveling speeds up to 30 mph.

Each Cyberbug offers user the ability to control the vehicle and onboard cameras from remote areas. Applications include aerial surveillance and communication in crowded or remote locations.

One current proposal to the U.S. Department of Defense is that the UAV be provided to ground troops in Iraq and used in preprogrammed missions. A person could control the onboard cameras, guide UAV operation and watch surveillance monitors for hostile activity, while stationed in the United States. This operator would then instantly notify forces in Iraq about potential threats detected.

On May 10, 2007, a remote-controlled CyberBug performed a 30-minute test flight, transmitting live video feed from the UAV to the Florida Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee, Fla. The goal was to test initial procedures for deploying an Unmanned Aerial System into national air space to conduct emergency management surveillance of infrastructure in a post-disaster environment.

For more information about CyberBug UAVs, visit http://www.cduav.com/.