The scariest thing you will see all day
Here’s a scary story: the government’s Strategic Capabilities Office is reportedly testing drones that are capable of swarming together after launching out of a fighter jet. That might sound like something from the future or even a movie like Avatar, but it’s a fact, according to The Washington Post.
The news outlet said the Pentagon began its tests in Alaska last summer where it flew F-18 and F-16 fighter jets equipped with prototype “micro-drones” that were blasted out of flare launchers. They’re bigger than the locusts pictured above, weighing in at about 1 pound each. The jets are reportedly capable of deploying the swarming drones at high-speeds and 2,000 feet off the earth, making the feat even more impressive. Here’s the terrifying tale, as told byThe Washington Post.:
Canisters containing the tiny aircraft descended from the jets on parachutes before breaking open, allowing wings on each drone to swing out and catch the wind. Inch-wide propellers on the back provided propulsion as they found one another and created a swarm.