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Using Drones to Rapidly Set up Networks

April 11, 2017 - 03:15 -- Admin

Here's a new drone (warning, acronym creep) called the CICADA, or Close-In Covert Autonomous Disposable Aircraft.  

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It's tiny and weighs only 65 grams.  Essentially, it is released in a swarm (dozens at a time) by an aircraft.  Once released. each drone flies/glides to its target, landing within 5 m of its target location.

What are they good for?  Rapidly deploying geographically dispersed networks of sensors and/or mesh communication nodes.  

Why use them?  They have the potential to provide P2P communications and real time intel to human units and autonomous weapons operating in a contested environment.

Longer term?  They are one component of vast networks of drone sensor/comms nodes could provide over the horizon services that surpass those provided by satellites and traditional approaches.