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DARPA takes first step to develop technology that launches volleys of drones

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    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency this week awarded contracts to the first companies that will develop the capability to launch and recover volleys of small unmanned aircraft from one or more existing large airplanes.

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    DARPA’s Gremlins program has as a goal to launch groups of drones from large aircraft such as bombers or transport planes, as well as from fighters and other small, fixed-wing platforms while those planes are out of range of adversary defenses. When the Gremlins complete their mission, a C-130 transport aircraft would retrieve them in the air and carry them home, where ground crews would prepare them for their next use within 24 hours, DARPA said.

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