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DARPA Wants UAV for Indoor Navigation; Mark Micire Comments

droneThe Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency wants to develop fresh algorithms for navigating unmanned aerial vehicles inside buildings and through tight spaces.

DARPA said Monday that it issued a broad agency announcement solicitation to build and demonstrate autonomous small UAVs that can fly up to 45 miles per hour within complex environments for the Fast Lightweight Autonomy program.

“The goal of the FLA program is to explore nontraditional 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,” said Mark Micire, DARPA program manager.

DARPA intends for the sought algorithms to reduce the amount of processing power, communications and required human intervention.

The agency also wants to adapt the program for applications in ground, marine and underwater systems.

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