Drones are nothing special, but what about such a robotic insect? The US Defense Agency (DARPA) has introduced a new grant program SHRIMP to contribute around 700 million crowns. The team will then be able to report to teams that try to develop the best insect-sized robots. They will then compete in a contest that will include several disciplines.
In the first phase TA1, it is necessary to develop miniature actuators that will include motors and motion devices. If we look at more precise dimensions, it can not be larger than 1-2 cubic centimeters and weighs a maximum of two grams. From 2020, there will be further phases where it will be necessary to build miniature batteries, including the power unit. You should be powerful enough (200 mW) and withstand up to 2.5 hours for one charge.
In the final phase of TA3, the assembly and development of a functionally integrated system, a robot of a beetle size of about 1 cubic centimeter and weighing up to one gram, will be completed. In the final, he will then compete with other opponents. He will have to be able to move, jump, and overcome any obstacles. The aim of the project is to develop a so-called robotic rescue worker capable of crawling through each crack, using sensors to measure all variables and records.