• The DragonflEye, a cyborg insect intended for a variety of missions, recently completed its first test flight.
     The DragonflEye, a cyborg insect intended for a variety of missions, recently completed its first test flight.

Blog: Cyborg Dragonfly Takes Flight

June 1, 2016


A drone that uses a living dragonfly lifts off for its first test flight.


The DragonflEye, a cyborg insect intended for a variety of missions, including intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, has liftoff.

The system was created by researchers at Charles Stark Draper Laboratories Inc. and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Research Campus. The dragonfly wears a tiny backpack fitted with electronics, sensors and a solar cell. A light source charges the solar cell, which powers the backpack.

The DragonflEye recently completed its first test flight for data gathering purposes.

For more information, see I Spy with My Cyborg Dragonfly in the May issue of SIGNAL magazine.

First Look: Behind-the-scenes with DragonflEye from Draper on Vimeo.

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