University of Nebraska Lab Developing Drone-Swarm ‘Mothership’

The University of Nebraska Lab Develops Drone-Swarm “Mothership”.
With a grant from the US military, the team is developing a “mothership” capable of deploying “baby” drones in 10-unit missions.
A University of Nebraska-Lincoln team has received a new $250,000 grant from the U.S. Army to develop an algorithm for deploying drone swarms of customized “mother” drones to perform various reconnaissance missions.

The idea is for the mothership, developed by the Nebraska Intelligent Mobile Unmanned Systems Lab (NIMBUS), to drop several “baby” drones in flight while other drones take off from the ground. The mothership will use an onboard camera system to identify and track the swarming drones, while ground and airborne radars will attempt to identify and track the swarm as part of an unmanned aerial system (UAS) effort.