US Navy developing autonomous drone to prevent bird eggs from hatching near airfields

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Gustaf Kilander
Washington, DC
Friday 14 May 2021 13:31

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The US Navy is developing an autonomous drone that is designed to prevent bird eggs from hatching near airfields.

The Pentagon spends around $50m a year managing bird life around airfields as aircraft being struck by birds pose a security risk.

The process used is called oiling, and involves covering eggs with food-grade oil which blocks the pores in the eggshells and prevents the embryos inside from receiving oxygen.

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