Military UAV Swarm Demonstrates Collective Decision-Making, Adaptation.
The Washington Post (1/9) hosted a video showing a swarm of 103 Perdix UAVs executing several missions which “demonstrated collective decision-making, adaptive formation flying, and self-healing.” The drones were launched from three F/A-18 Super Hornets, according to Aviation International News (1/9, Carey). The US Defense Department said the demonstration was one of the largest on record and was carried out in October at California’s Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake facility. Pentagon Strategic Capabilities Office Director William Roper said the Perdix units “are not pre-programmed synchronized individuals, they are a collective organism, sharing one distributed brain for decision-making and adapting to each other like swarms in nature.”
The Military Times (1/9) reports the drones were “developed by engineering students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Aeronautics and Astronautics Department” and modified for military application at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory.