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Date posted: 28/09/2006

A flock of indoor uncrewed aerial vehicles (UAVs) is being used to fasttrack development of swarms of drone planes.

We're focusing on persistent surveillance," says project leader Jonathan How at MIT in the US. "This would be useful for, say, convoy protection." His team is working in collaboration with Phantom Works, the research and development arm of Boeing.

"This is a kind of rapid prototyping system for UAV cooperation experiments," How explains. "We can plan a mission in the morning and do it in the afternoon." By contrast, an outdoors experiment involving large UAVs would take days or weeks to plan, he says.

In the indoor tests, up to five radio-controlled helicopters are being used to collaboratively track small ground vehicles and land on the back of small moving platforms.

With larger versions, a swarm of surveillance UAVs could keep watch over a convoy, taking turns to land on one of the trucks for refuelling. They would work together to ensure complete surveillance of the area around the convoy.

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