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DARPA ask for public's help with drones

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) are asking the public for ideas on how to improve their defence drones.

The government organisation are encouraging members of the public to take part in the "design, development, and demonstration" of drones to be used by the military forces in the United States.

A post on FedBizOpps.gov reads: "The goal of OFFSET is the design, development, and demonstration of a swarm system architecture - encoded in a realistic game -based environment and embodied in physical swarm autonomous platforms - to advance the innovation, interaction, and integration of novel swarm tactics. The goal of OFFSET Swarm Sprints is to create focused breakthroughs in swarm technologies to be integrated into the OFFSET Swarm Systems Architecture. The specific topic of interest for this amendment is the design and development of Swarm Tactics relevant to OFFSET Vignette 1, in the thrust area of Swarm Autonomy. The goal of OFFSET is the design, development, and demonstration of a swarm system architecture - encoded in a realistic game-based environment and embodied in physical swarm autonomous platforms - to advance the innovation, interaction, and integration of novel swarm tactics."

DARPA particularly want help with developing "enhanced swarm autonomy".

They added: "The goal of OFFSET Swarm Sprints is to create focused breakthroughs in swarm technologies to be integrated into the OFFSET Swarm Systems Architecture. The specific topic of interest for this amendment is the development and integration of systems enablers for enhanced swarm autonomy in the thrust area of Swarm Autonomy. The goal of OFFSET is the design, development, and demonstration of a swarm system architecture encoded in a realistic game -based environment and embodied in physical swarm autonomous platforms to advance the innovation, interaction, and integration of novel swarm tactics."

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