DARPA Eyes Mobile Apps To Fly Drones

December 10, 2011
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The Department of Defense (DOD) is looking to mobile application development to improve its development of sensors for drones and other military surveillance, reconnaissance, and intelligence vehicles.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the DOD’s research arm, is seeking smartphone app developers for its Adaptable Sensor System (ADAPT) program, according to a statement. The program uses a commercial development model to facilitate rapid delivery and configuration of sensor systems, which typically take three to eight years to develop, the agency said.

DARPA wants to tap innovations in mobile app development to add advanced capabilities to sensors. For example, although drones–aka unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)–already are effective surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft, they could be even more useful if DARPA could create a control application that can fly a swarm of them as if they were one, the agency said.

via InformationWeek Government, continued here.