Up, up and away.
A team at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, has succeeded in launching 50 drones that were all controlled by a single person.
“To our knowledge, this is a world record for the number of UAVs under single operator control, by quite a long way,” says project lead Kevin Jones.
The team aims to develop swarming behaviors that give the benefits of having multiple drones without the need for a large number of operators.
The Zephyr drones they used are custom-made, largely from hobby parts, and cost about $2000 each. Getting so many into the air at once was challenging because they cannot be hand-launched like some smaller drones.
The team used Camp Roberts as the launching and flying site. Camp Roberts is the home of the California National Guard.
I took my Army Basic Training at Camp Roberts many years ago. Since that time Camp Roberts has served many purposes including a detention camp.