29 Jan 2019

Thankfully, the technology to combat rogue drones is getting better

News on drones and security have largely highlighted the major risks drones pose to various industries and to populations at large. This is not without good reason; suicide drones have been used in attempted assassinations, cartels use them to smuggle drugs across borders, ISIS has used them to drop grenades,

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28 Dec 2018

Are robot swarms the future of destroying sea mines?

There are an estimated 80,000 sea mines in the Baltic, according to NATO estimates, and they remain a problem elsewhere around the world. New partnerships exploring the potential for underwater drones swarms in detecting and eliminating these high-risk mines are emerging as technology in the areas improves. “On Dec. 21,

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26 Dec 2018

Watch a swarm of 300 robots reorganize autonomously

“Robotic swarms are compelling for researchers, civilian and military alike, because they offer functionality through interchangeable components. Much of the promise of swarm robotics wants the machines to be as cheap and disposable as possible, while the swarm as a whole is still capable of performing tasks, even when components

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28 Nov 2018

The U.S. Military’s Drone Swarm Strategy Just Passed a Key Test

As jamming technology threatens the effectiveness of drone swarms and autonomous vehicle tactics, the U.S. military has moved ahead with new network setups designed to overcome attacks against their communications and GPS systems. Following recent tests, DARPA announced that the drone systems “efficiently shared information, cooperatively planned and allocated mission

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15 Nov 2018

Pentagon Wants More Money for Lasers To Defend Against Missiles, Drone Swarms

“The U.S. military will request more money to develop lasers, microwave beams, and other directed-energy defenses to fight off missiles and drone swarms, the Pentagon’s top weapons engineer said Tuesday. ‘You’re going to see, in upcoming budgets for missile defense, a renewed emphasis on laser scaling [meaning scaling up the power of

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27 Sep 2018

An Air Force ‘Way of Swarm’: Using Wargaming and Artificial Intelligence to Train Drones

Animals swarms in nature are providing insight into U.S. military development of drone swarms operating outside of a centralized command system. War on the Rocks writes, “now imagine being able to deploy a collection of drones on the scale and magnitude of a locust swarm. Indeed, the same laws that

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