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The Defense Department is looking for suggestions for its drone program.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is welcoming ideas for new technologies that can enhance drones and allow them to operate more smoothly.
Theme - Innovation - Drive - Statement - Federal
The theme for the innovation drive is autonomy, a statement from Federal Business Opportunities explained.
The project is called OFFSET, an acronym for OFFensive Swarm Enabled Tactics, and it is the second drive for such technologies, according to Tech Crunch.
DARPA - Goal - Variety - Ideas - Technologies
DARPA's goal is to collect a variety of ideas on new technologies that inform the development of sensors, propeller blades, software, etc.
The hope is that these technologies will allow drones to coordinate and operate collectively more smoothly than they do now.
Technologies - Challenge
The technologies will need to work toward completing a specific challenge.
A swarm of 50 drones will work with a robot on the ground to target an objective over the course of 30 minutes.
Setting - Applicants - Context - Pitches
This setting is presented to potential applicants as the context their pitches should come in.
A statement from Federal Business Opportunities explained: '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...
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