'Chirocopter' Drone Flies Within Bat Swarms

A research team from Saint Mary's College has created a 'Chirocopter' - named after Chiroptera, the scientific name for bats. The drone is equipped with a microphone to record echolocation chirps, the sounds that bats use to navigate, and a thermal camera that can 'see' bats by detecting their body heat. The Chirocopter can be placed anywhere in 3D space, the team reports this month in Science .