Engineers have created a sophisticated new drone that looks and flies just like a bat.

Scientists say the finished product will be more agile than a normal drone, making it a safer bet to fly into disaster or construction zones.

The robotic bat mimics a real bat’s flight technique. Check out the video below to see it in action.

 

The robot bat is also less bulky than a standard drone which has spinning propellers that can prevent it navigating treacherous terrain.

Researchers are now working on getting the 85-gram robot to perch upside down.

They hope their drone could be ready for the market in the next five years.

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