Saturday, 23 February 2019

Is This Drone The Future Of Military Reconnaissance?

The MIT/Draper team has also made it possible to sync data collected by the drone with a handheld app called the Android Tactical Assault Kit, which has already been used by the British Army and US forces.

A separate team of researchers from the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) reduced their own drone’s size and weight so it can fly autonomously in small, cluttered indoor spaces.

The UPenn drone can create a detailed 3-D map of unknown indoor spaces, avoid obstacles and fly down stairwells.

Camillo J. Taylor from UPenn said: “That’s very important in indoor environments because you need to actually not just reason about a slice of the world, you need to reason about what’s above you, what’s below you.

“You might need to fly around a table or a chair, so we’re forced to build a complete three-dimensional representation.”

The next step, according to Taylor, is packing even more computation onto smaller platforms, potentially making a smart UAV for troops or first responders that is small enough to fit in the palm of the hand.


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