Glimpse of the Future

The ‘Smellicopter’ Drone Uses Actual Moth Antenna to Sniff Out Smells

The drone could be used in dangerous places where people can’t go

Emily Mullin
Future Human
Published in
2 min readDec 9, 2020

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To make the Smellicopter, researchers added a moth antenna — the brown arc being attached here — to an open-source hand-held commercially available quadcopter. Photo: Mark Stone/University of Washington

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Emily Mullin
Future Human

Former staff writer at Medium, where I covered biotech, genetics, and Covid-19 for OneZero, Future Human, Elemental, and the Coronavirus Blog.