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DOD unveils worlds largest swarm of 3D printed micro-drones

DOD unveils worlds largest swarm of 3D printed micro-drones

Source: 3Ders.org
January 11, 2017

Jan 11, 2017 | By Tess

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a pack of flying drones?! The U.S. Department of Defense has announced that it has successfully tested a swarm of 3D printed micro-drones. The drone swarm, which goes by the name Perdix, is made up of autonomous micro-drones, with wingspans of only 12 inches, capable of collective decision-making, adaptive formation flying, and self-healing.

The Department of Defense launched the test in partnership with the Strategic Capabilities Office and the Naval Air Systems Command this past October at China Lake, California. Footage from the test, which can been in the video below, shows the swarm of 103 Perdix drones being released by three F/A-18 Super Hornets and subsequently flying together, almost mistakable for a flock of birds flying in formation.

What is amazing about Perdix is that the drones are programmed to actually “think” together. As SCO director William Roper explained in a government press release, “Due to the complex nature of combat, Pe...

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