U.S. Department of defense has released images of a flight of drones in October 2016. At China Lake, the famous area 51, this test was to drop by 3 fighter bombers F/A-18 Super Hornet of a swarm of 103 type drones Perdix. It is thus more than a hundred of drones who responded to the orders of a controller who took control individually, then collectively. The goal is to conduct a recognition on a geographical area of a few km2. Officially, technology implementation during this experimentation will allow the deployment of swarms that can reach up to 1,000 devices.
Perdix, a mini-UAV capable of acting collectively
with 16.5 cm long, 30 cm wingspan drone Perdix flies at a speed of the order of 75 to 110 km/h for at least 20 minutes. This drone was designed by AeroAstro MIT’s Department in 2013 and developed by the MIT Lincoln Laboratory until today in order to work in swarm. Each drone can receive his orders from flights of a controller, but also fly alongside the other drones of the swarm. Peculiarity of the drone, it is foldable and it was designed to be dumped in large numbers since a container carried by a hunter. 670 of these drones flew far and 103 drones dropped above area 51 are the sixth generation.
These were dropped by the F/A-18 3 at the speed of Mach 0.6 and resisted the temperature of-10 ° met at dumping altitude. They then joined the preset monitoring point and then follow the instructions. The first roll was held in September 2014 by an F-16. Then 90 missions had been conducted in September 2015 in Alaska, including the first drop of swarm, with 20 drones dropped. With this sixth generation, the three hunters were able to demonstrate in front of cameras CBS the status of the project while the 7th generation is already looming in the laboratories of MIT.
Source: “Department of Defense Announces Successful Micro-UAV Demonstration”, press release of the Department of Defense, January 9, 2017