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ReneCardenas
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ReneCardenas   10/1/2011 4:48:32 AM
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Very interesting topic and briefing, I wonder if there is any form of redundancy, in case there are single or multiple vehicle failures ( due to obstacles, wind sheer or other forces that could knock off the comm, or the complete functionality ). I see a very challenging effort to keep it robust!

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R_Colin_Johnson   10/7/2010 5:04:17 PM
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Here is a relevant technical paper: http://infoscience.epfl.ch/record/142993/files

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Richard.King_#4   10/7/2010 1:27:18 AM
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An exciting concept, but is there a technical paper somewhere, describing the airframe technology and the swarm algorithms? How about some sort of competition from various universities, based on this?

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R_Colin_Johnson   10/6/2010 1:17:15 PM
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The individual UAVs are dumb--to make them cheap--being coordinated from algorithms running on the ground computer.

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R_Colin_Johnson   10/6/2010 1:15:51 PM
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Virtual pheromones are used. See the description here: http://bit.ly/a4Ut5G

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R_Colin_Johnson   10/6/2010 1:07:52 PM
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In-air collision avoidance was one of the criteria used by the Swiss Federal Office for Civil Aviation when issuing its license to operate beyond line-of-sight. Different algorithms are used, but one aspect is to make sure that UAVs in adjacent sectors are flying at different heights--similar to airliner requirements.

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DrQuine   10/6/2010 12:02:20 AM
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The missing element in the description seems to be how obstacles are avoided. If ants bump into an unexpected obstacle (slowly enough that no damage is done), their sense of touch enables them to detect the impact, reroute slightly, and continue in the intended direction. They remain firmly grounded throughout the process. Aircraft are much less forgiving about bumping into obstacles and then continuing on a slightly modified routing.

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Robotics Developer   10/5/2010 6:55:57 PM
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What an interesting idea! I am very curious to learn what form the airborne pheromones take. I could imagine a number of possible solutions but would like to know more from the designers. There is a lot of detail in the article and pictures but no sensors for use by the swarm? I was expecting video camera or airborne gas type sensors but could not discern any type of sensors in the diagrams. The pressure sensors would be used (I imagine) for flight / altitude control while the GPS for navigation. Still, a very neat idea to mimic ants, perhaps bee behavior would be a better model (given flight).

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prabhakar_deosthali   10/5/2010 10:36:39 AM
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A very exciting and low cost innovation! And the applications could be thousands. From scientific research to military applications.

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t.alex   10/5/2010 12:48:19 AM
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Is the use of Wifi for communication among the planes themselves or between ground control and planes?



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