The Air Force Office of Scientific Research is working with Brigham Young University to develop the means for unmanned aerial vehicles to coordinate with one another, according to BYU professor Tim McLain. “We’ve developed and demonstrated cooperative timing methods that would enable simultaneous strike-type execution by UAVs,” said McLain. The research team has been able to coordinate simultaneous arrival by three UAVs, seeing them arrive within fractions of a second over a target. Other experiments have surmounted problems such as inconsistent information and changing perimeters. (Read more here.)
A pair of Air Force units across two major commands have announced plans to purchase services from SpaceX’s Starlink constellation of satellites in low Earth orbit. The contracts come not long after service leaders praised the effectiveness of the satellite internet service in aiding Ukraine against Russia’s invasion.