October 19, 2015

DARPA Develops Disappearing Delivery Drones for Emergencies

The Icarus project aims to develop drones which vanish into thin air after their missions are complete. DARPA has revealed plans to create drones which disappear after delivering food or medical supplies to remote areas.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)'s Project Icarus, alluding to the mythological character who fell to earth after his wax-and-leather wings melted when flying too close to the sun, is intended to develop unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that will disintegrate in the same manner once their missions are over. Announced this month, the US research agency said Project Icarus will create a fleet of tiny, single-use drones which will deliver emergency supplies -- such as food and medicine -- to remote areas during epidemics or disasters.

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