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Insectothopter

1976, USSR (KGB)

Russian intelligence made this model of CIA's original 1976 Insectothopter – a dragonfly-shaped drone that carried a microphone. It was too small to be remotely controlled & there was no surveillance equipment tiny enough for it to carry.

Today, intelligence agencies use similar devices that are fully controllable and can carry out surveillance. And they’re even smaller!

Check out a full episode of showcasing the Museum's Collection Highlights including this Insectothoper.

 

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