Thursday, January 19, 2017

US Navy Fighter Jets Release Swarming Perdix Micro-Drones

The test was conducted in October 2016 and consisted of 103 Perdix micro-drones launched from three U.S

Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jets. It demonstrated advanced swarm behaviors such as collective decision-making, adaptive formation flying, and self-healing.
 “Due to the complex nature of combat, Perdix 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,” said Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO) Director William Roper.
 The demonstration is one of the first examples of the Department of Defense using teams of small, inexpensive, autonomous systems to perform missions once achieved only by large, expensive ones.

 Originally designed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineering students, the Perdix drone was modified for military use by the scientists and engineers of MIT Lincoln Laboratory starting in 2013. Perdix is an expendable UAV designed to fly low to capture video and transmit it back to controllers. It could have numerous applications, though the SCO has only mentioned Perdix’s ability to fly a low-altitude intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions.

Film Credits: This work, Perdix Swarm Demo Oct. 2016, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law. Produced by the U.S. DOD.