Mysterious swarms of giant drones have started to appear in Colorado

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussions' started by Lerner, Dec 30, 2019.

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  1. Lerner

    Lerner Well-Known Member

  2. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    Well, there's a limited number of military bases in the area, maybe a dozen. I'm going to guess that they're coming from Cheyenne Mountain AFB.
     
  3. heirophant

    heirophant Well-Known Member

    Interacting swarms of autonomous drones are an emergent military technology that's getting lots of attention.

    DARPA drones at Ft. Benning GA



    More

    https://mwi.usma.edu/era-drone-swarm-coming-need-ready/

    China's doing it. Even India's doing it

    https://www.defenseworld.net/news/25688/India_to_Develop_Air_launched_Swarm_Drone_Systems__Stealthy_AI_enabled_Combat_Drones#.Xgpop_LYrnE

    My guess is that these NE Colorado drone swarms might be engineering experiments conducted by some defense contractor. Anyone who has ever visited eastern Colorado knows how empty and vacant it is, high plains seemingly a world removed from the Rockies of western Colorado. So where better to fly hundreds of autonomous robots and watch how they interact as one, share data, assign tasks and whatever.
     
  4. heirophant

    heirophant Well-Known Member

  5. Lerner

    Lerner Well-Known Member

    This is my concern. A country's defenses can be overwhelmed; and, then, it becomes a numbers game. The price for the drone is inexpensive and it can carry a payload. That too can be inexpensive and it could just take one to get thru to achieve the intended destruction.
    How does one sweep the skies clear when they can be launched locally and avoid radar detection unit they reach the intended target and altitude?
    Just think, a formation of drones could act like a “vpn” for missiles, etc. With radar, how would radar be able to detect the incoming projectiles when the drones would create what appeared to be a slow-moving mass with missiles using their cover.
    With a column of drones interconnected in a linear fashion emitting a false signal - could the emulate a fast-moving false object?
     
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  6. heirophant

    heirophant Well-Known Member

    Yes, I think that a lot of people in the defense world share those concerns. That's why autonomous drone swarms are such a hot topic of interest right now. Defense contractors know that, Colorado (with the Denver area, Colorado Springs, Boulder and Ft. Collins) is a hotbed of high tech, and eastern Colorado would seemingly provide them a perfect environment for trying out their crazier concepts.

    This isn't exactly what most people picture in their minds when they think of Colorado, but a large fraction of the state is like this. Few if any local residents and vacant skies. It all seems to fit.

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