DARPA Video Highlights Fast Lightweight Autonomy Drones

DARPA has released a video showing would-be contractors exactly what they want from their Fast Lightweight Autonomy drones.

(Fast Lightweight Autonomy drone properties video)

"Birds of prey and flying insects exhibit the kinds of capabilities we want for small UAVs. Goshawks, for example, can fly very fast through a dense forest without smacking into a tree," according to a statement in the announcement from Mark Micire,DARPA program manager. "The goal of the FLA program is to explore non-traditional perception and autonomy methods that would give small UAVs the capacity to perform in a similar way, including an ability to easily navigate tight spaces at high speed and quickly recognize if it had already been in a room before."

Although it lacks the autonomous mode, it looks suspiciously similar to the speeder bike chase scene from Return of the Jedi:

This kind of experience is becoming more familiar to all of us, DARPA; you may recall this demo of the Flying Parrot Bebop Drone first person flight

(Flying Parrot Bebop Drone first person flight)
"Wearing a pair of VR glasses makes it even easier to pilot the drone..."

Via Computer World.

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