Homebuilt Spy Drone Glides into International Spy Museum

A few years back, Air Force buddies Mike Tassey and Rich Perkins got bored, and – as they put it – that usually spells trouble. So the pair set out to test the limits of what’s technologically possible with a home-built drone. With a limited budget and the workspace of a small garage, we’d say they aced it. For a cost of only $6,190, the duo came up with this – the WASP (Wireless Aerial Surveillance Program), a drone capable of hacking into WiFi networks, eavesdropping on cell phone calls, as well as collecting troves of data … all wirelessly. And now the homemade hacker drone has made its way to Washington, D.C., for a spot of prime real estate at the International Spy Museum. RELATED: Check out these 5 great camera drones for the holidays The WASP was built using components from an Army surplus FMQ-117B target practice drone. It was converted by the guys to run on an E-Flite 90 electric brushless motor and two lithium polymer batteries. On board, the 14-pound UAV packs a suite of remote control avionics, GPS guidance systems, communications hardware, and techy hacking software. “If two guys from the Midwest can build this for six-thousand dollars in a garage, what can Iran do? What can nation states do?” mused Perkins in a recent interview with WUSA9. The drone requires an operator to manage take-off and landing. However its onboard GPS can run a predetermined route autonomously for up to 45 minutes, all the while impersonating cell phone towers and recording conversations (note: testing was performed legally and in remote areas). Though this modern marvel of home-built espionage likely won’t be doing any of that from its new perch at the D.C. spy museum. RELATED: The 2014 Renault Kwid CUV comes with its own spy drone ________________________________________ Click Here to Read the Original Article on BoldRide