Thurston Howell: I hate to break it to you, but the bolded part is why you need the satellites. The problem is that without satellites, the people in the control rooms, the drone swarm, and the target all need to be within 2-3 miles of each other. The RC quadrotors in that video link have a radio range of about 500-1000 feet. Military swarms will obviously need better gear and range, but the basic principle applies. How are you going pass command-and-control signals from humans to the birds, and receive intel/output from them? Satellites. Or a string of ground antennas ringing enemy territory. Or one hell of a long USB cable.
mikefinch: [...] The guy would be specialized and he would have extra gear. One robot would be controlled like an rc while the rest autononomsyly fed back video and data to the special coms guy who could pass on other orders to the master. I guess thats what im saying -- the swarm would maybe have to revolve around a master drone... with redundancies in the others if the master had problems...I figure you could pass enough stuff over radio frequencies that a guy in an APC could use them like a scout while on patrol. They could peek around corners and give the guys on the ground quick and detailed info about whats out there...
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