Swarm's Up at Boeing's Surf City Drone Maker
With a laptop and a military radio, these drones can reportedly be unleashed. Neat. But am I the only one scared shirtless by the possibility of this getting into the wrong hands? Like Anaheim PD?
Ah, well, must be the pussy in me.
|A Boeing/Insitu ScanEagle UAV flies high.|
"This swarm technology may one day enable warfighters in battle to request and receive time-critical intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance information directly from airborne UAVs much sooner than they can from ground control stations today," Gabriel Santander, program director of Advanced Autonomous Networks for Boeing Phantom Works, reportedly says. "Swarm network technology has the potential to offer more missions at less risk and lower operating costs."
That sounds as if the drone swarms will be used more for reconn than warfare, although when has a swarm ever been needed to collect information? And wouldn't hiring an Orange County Register flash news mob be cheaper still?
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