Drone Swarm
Current Affairs Made Easy|June 2018

During the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics at Pyongyang, 1218 drone swarm made dynamic aerial caricatures depicting a gyrating snowboarder, Olympic insignia, etc.

What is Drone Swarm:

• SWARM stands for Smart Warfighting Array of Reconfigurable Modules.

• It is another manifestation of nano-technology application in the Unmanned Aerial system (UAS) that is fast emerging.

• US, China and Russia have the possession of Drone Swarms.

• How Dynamic Shapes were Formed? The drones were individually connected via radio frequencies (RF) to a central computer, which controlled the movement and position of each drone to form the dynamic shapes.

Utility/Advantages of Drone Swarms:

• Disaster Management: In Switzerland, Swarming Micro Air Vehicle Network (SMAVNET) Project aims to develop robot swarms that can be deployed in disaster areas to rapidly create communication networks for rescuers.

• Space Exploration: With Swarm Drones, taking humans to space and/or other planets will became faster, better, cheaper.

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