【五角大楼正在研发激光驱动的蝙蝠无人机】

【五角大楼正在研发激光驱动的蝙蝠无人机】五角大楼发起了一项新的竞赛,设计由蝙蝠和昆虫为灵感的激光动力无人机的设计。本周在一份公告中,国防部透露其新设计的试点方案是寻找目前作为防御的挑战的建议,包括高机动无人机。这项竞赛的目的是为自主飞行器铺平道路,它能在无人驾驶的飞行员的干预下更有效地运作,并迅速作出决定,改变方向,避开障碍物。

The Pentagon is looking to develop laser-powered BAT DRONES that can make decisions on the fly without help from a human

  • Pentagon's new competition seeks drone proposals inspired by bats and insects 
  • Looking for more efficient drones that make swift decisions on the battlefield
  • This year’s competition is designed to focus on sensing, mobility, and autonomy

The Pentagon has launched a new competition for the design of laser-powered drones inspired by bats and insects.

In an announcement this week, the Department of Defense revealed its new DESI pilot program is seeking proposals for a number of topics that currently stand as ‘defense challenges,’ including highly maneuverable drones.

The competition aims to pave the way for autonomous craft that can operate more efficiently with little intervention from a human pilot, and make swift decisions to change direction and avoid obstacles.

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Over the last decade, researchers have increasingly been working to mimic natural processes in robotic systems to improve efficiency, like Caltech's BatBot (pictured). And, the new competition hopes to harness recent advancements to create better drones

Over the last decade, researchers have increasingly been working to mimic natural processes in robotic systems to improve efficiency, like Caltech's BatBot (pictured). And, the new competition hopes to harness recent advancements to create better drones

DRONE SWARMS POSE 'GRAVE THREAT'

High-tech weapons that the Secret Service is not trained to cope with pose a ‘grave threat’ to the White House, a former agent has warned.

Swarms of weaponized drones or even 3D printed plastic guns could be used to launch unforeseen attacks on the president, according to Dan Bongino, author of Protecting the President.

While drones have long been on their radar, recent technological developments could allow for ‘spectacular swarm attacks’ that exploit the agency’s ground-based approach, the Washington Examiner reports.

‘This threat is grave,’ Bongino told the Washington Examiner.

The warning comes as Pentagon officials say many of the current drone-fighting technologies are 'still immature' and require 'further development.'

According to the announcement, the Defense Enterprise Science Initiative program is seeking 'to devise new paradigms for autonomous flight, with a focus on highly-maneuverable platforms and algorithms for flight control and decision-making.’

This year’s competition is designed to focus on sensing, mobility, and autonomy.

Along with the biological-inspired drones, research topics will include power beaming, for wireless power transmission, soft active composites, and metamaterial-based antennas.

Over the last decade, researchers have increasingly been working to mimic natural processes in robotic systems to improve efficiency.

And, the new competition hopes to harness these recent advancements to create bat-like drones powered by lasers, according to Defense One.

‘The biological study of agile organisms such as bats and flying insects has yielded new insights into complex flight kinematics of systems with a large number of degrees of freedom, and the use of multi-functional flight surface materials,’ the announcement states.

‘Progress in sensors, optimization, and miniaturization of processors, optimization and miniaturization of processors, and advances in flight control algorithms have also made it feasible to enable real-time autonomy in a miniature robotic system.

‘As a result of these advances, there exists a possibility of creating autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that have significant improvements in maneuvrability, survivability and stealth over traditional quadcopter or fixed wing designs.’

Eventually, the goal is to create autonomous UAV that can effectively navigate a battlefield with 'minimal intervention from a human pilot.'

It comes just months after DARPA revealed it is looking to develop robotic swarms that can assist troops from the ground and skies, with hundreds of drones all working together.

The Pentagon’s research branch Offensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) program is seeking ideas for new systems that could allow for ‘human-swarm teaming.'

The program has awarded contracts to teams from Raytheon and Northrop Grumman to design, develop, and deploy the technology in physical and virtual environments – and eventually, they’re hoping to create swarms of over 250 robots. 

The systems will include a game-based architecture where the swarms can be designed and integrated, according to DARPA.

Every six months, the program plans to solicit participants known as ‘sprinters’ to test out the systems across five categories: swarm tactics, swarm autonomy, human-swarm teaming, virtual environment, and physical testbed.

ARMY'S 'FLYING SQUIRREL' DRONE

The US Army has revealed an experimental drone that resembles a flying squirrel that can ‘transform in flight.’

According to the researchers at the US Army's Research Laboratory, the small unmanned craft relies on a tilt-rotor design.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5240205/Pentagon-looking-develop-laser-powered-BAT-DRONES.html#ixzz53N3Jk3tG


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