A week ago, the aforementioned team of researchers launched 50 drone into the air and controlled all of them by a single operator. With Zephyr drones that are custom craft made from hobbyist components, cost around $2,000 (€1,773) a piece and connected to each other using Wi-Fi.
“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.
“For larger flying wings the hand-launch process posed a significant risk to the hand launching it,” says Jones.
“Most of the swarming operations are things like ‘follow-me’ mode, where one or more UAVs follow a leader around the sky,” says project lead Kevin Jones.