Nowadays, different developers are creating systems that allow joining drones in groups. It is believed that this will simplify the handling of multiple devices at the same time, and will allow solving quite complex tasks. For example, a single operator with a group of drones can take a building in a city under full observation.
Now, the Advanced Defense Development Agency of the Pentagon (DARPA) has successfully conducted tests of an autonomous group of drones, capable of continuing to perform a task in case of losing communication with the operator. According to Flightglobal, they were conducted in a closed mode in a polygon of Arizona, United States.
According to DARPA, the groups of autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles will be useful in the performance of several combat missions in areas with active opposition from the air defense systems and enemy radio-electronic warfare.
During the test, a group of drones was controlled by an operator. Then, the communication with the devices was deliberately interrupted, and the drones acted in autonomous mode, distributed roles within the group and completed a list of tasks that were stored in memory before takeoff. Then the drones returned to the starting point. Other details of the tests are not specified.
In October, the European company Airbus conducted tests of the aviation system to control groups of drones. According to the consortium, the tests were carried out as part of a program to create systems for the interaction of manned and unmanned military aircraft. During the trials, a pilot who was on the control plane led a group of five drones.