Naval Postgraduate School ARSENL Reaches Goal of 50 Autonomous UAV Swarm

Naval Postgraduate School ARSENL Reaches Goal of 50 Autonomous UAV Swarm image
October 21, 2015 | Source: MC1 Lewis Hunsaker, NPS Public Affairs, September 2015

Members of NPS’ Advanced Robotic Systems Engineering Laboratory (ARSENL) flew 50 autonomous UAVs breaking their previous record of 30, set just five weeks ago.

"I’m very proud of reaching our goal of successfully flying 50 autonomous UAVs simultaneously," said NPS Assistant Professor Timothy Chung.

The 50 UAVs were launched and flown autonomously in two "sub-swarms" of 25 UAVs each and guided using ARSENL-developed swarm operator interfaces. The UAVs performed basic leader-follower cooperative behaviors and exchanged information amongst themselves via wireless links.