Updrafts as drone currency
Next thing that we want to try: swarms. We’ve got an active experimentation program going on in a couple areas. One is: how do we deconflict these UAVs and have them auto-sense how they can deconflict themselves for working in swarms? If we can begin to do this, we can cover large areas very quickly. It also turns out that communicating thermals and their location enables these UAVs to stay up for a very long time, because they tell each other where to find the place to give them lift, and that greatly reduces fuel and gives us a lot of airtime.