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IPFS News Link • Drones


• by Edsel Cook

DARPA is no longer satisfied with merely deploying drones to the battlefield. It wants swarms of unmanned aircraft and ground-borne robots that can work together to isolate an urban objective, according to an article on TechCrunch.

The military research agency has announced the second "sprint" of its OFFensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) program. Sprints are periods in a program when DARPA announces a main theme and asks for related solicitations or prototypes in the hopes of getting faster technological breakthroughs.

Whereas the first sprint focused on swarm tactics, this sprint's theme is swarm autonomy. DARPA is fishing around for concepts that can allow drones to talk with each other and work as as a well-oiled team of lean, mean, killing machines with little in the way of human supervision. (Related: Leaked DARPA Robot. Can You H.A.N.D.L.E. the Truth?)