Boeing and John Hopkins University demonstrate control of UAV swarm from laptop and radio
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., 7 Aug. 2012. Boeing [NYSE: BA] and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL) have demonstrated that an operator on the ground, using just a laptop and a military radio, can command an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) "swarm."
The hope for swarm technology is that it will enable warfighters in battle to request and receive time-critical intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance information directly from airborne UAVs sooner than they could from ground control stations today.
The demonstrations are conducted under a collaborative agreement between Boeing and JHU/APL, a University affiliated research center and a division of Johns Hopkins University that has been addressing national challenges through the application of science and technology. It maintains a staff of about 5,000 on its Laurel, Md., campus.
UAV swarm technology is one of Boeing's many C4ISR capabilities that provide a flow of information, from collection to aggregation to analysis, for situational awareness purposes.