Libyan rebels use tiny UAV for personalized recon

Libyan revolutionaries are using a tiny surveillance drone called Aeryon Scout to give them an aerial view of government forces independent from those provided by larger unmanned aerial vehicles and manned spy planes operated by NATO forces, reports Spencer Ackerman at Wired's Danger Room blog.

Canadian defense firm Aeryon Labs delivered one of the three-pound, four-rotor UAVs to rebel forces in the western port city of Misurata a few weeks ago, and the rebels used it in their rapid advance on Tripoli, the blog states.

The Aeryon Scout, which is run from a touchscreen tablet powered by Windows XP, is outfitted with a thermal imaging camera that offers troops an alternative to having to use night-vision goggles.

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