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DARPA Seeks Ideas to Make Drone Systems Collaborative

droneThe Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has asked for proposals of methods or systems to help unmanned aerial systems share data with each other and function as a team, Military & Aerospace Electronics reported Tuesday.

John Keller writes the Collaborative Operations in Denied Environment project’s goal is to develop collaboration algorithms and demonstrate heterogeneous drone collaboration in tactical operations.

DARPA wants teams of drones to jointly geo-locate targets, share defenses and information, and provide navigational support to damaged UAVs.

The agency is also interested in open architectures to help commanders manage UAVs in the event of poor communications, electronic jamming or adverse weather conditions.

Keller reports the three-phase CODE program has a potential value of $54 million and will run from late 2014 through the end of 2018.

DARPA will accept proposals from industry until June 10.

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