The world’s largest bee hive is a hive of a different kind: an electric drone.
The drone was developed by the University of California, Santa Cruz, and is one of a handful of electric drones being developed for honeybees.
The researchers say the drone can operate up to 400 feet away from the hive, with a flight range of about two miles.
“You’re essentially flying a small drone with a lot of power, but it’s not really a drone at all,” said the project’s lead researcher, University of Oregon professor and researcher Adam Pascall.
The battery-powered drone can fly for up to 30 minutes, flying at a speed of about 200 mph.
The power source, the “hive charger,” is a combination of an old school transformer, a pair of batteries and an inverter.
The batteries are the same kind of rechargeable batteries that power cell phones, Pascally said.
The device is a prototype.
The electric drone is the latest in a series of drones being released by the U.S. government.
These drones are designed to take off, land and stay airborne for a certain amount of time, often using a remote control.
S.’s drone program, announced in February, is aiming to develop drones that can fly at altitudes of up to 100,000 feet, making it the only country in the world to have drones fly at that height.
The drones can also hover for a short period of time.
These smaller drones can help protect the bees from predators, such as cockroaches, but the drones are also a boon for farmers who are worried about colony collapse disorder.
“It’s great that we have a little drone to get our hands dirty,” said Pascallo.
The hive drone is also a sign of the growing interest in drones among agricultural researchers, said U.K. researcher Daniela F. Burch, who was not involved in the research.
The bees are a critical part of beekeeping, she said, because the bees help pollinate plants and animals and also pollinate the honeybee population.
“This is one tool that they are getting,” she said.
Bancroft’s research group, which includes Fancourt and her husband, Dr. Daniel Bancrafter, was also interested in the hive drone.
“There are a lot more of these devices in the future,” Bancross said.
In the U, Bancronft is developing a smaller, electric drone that is meant to be used for agricultural applications.
The project has been funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which is also providing funding for the research project.