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2017-11

Civilian miniature "swarmbot' capabilities year 2017
18 Nov 2017 - By Mr. Berqstrom

Drone racing is today a small sport, but increasing in numbers every year as the techonolgi gets cheaper. The preformance of these light small aircrafts are amazing.

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Drone Racing League; Source: Youtube channel
https://thedroneracingleague.com/

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Russian combat drone footage; Source: RT Youtube channel
Russia Today, published 10 feb 2016


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World's Largest Race Drone by Flite Test; Source: Youtube channel
FliteTest youtube channel, published 27 mar 2017


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Freedom 500 Series - The New FAI Sanctioned Drone Racing Class; Source: Youtube channel
Published 30 mar 2017

By watching the video above it is not difficult to envision the potential for an scaled up version to be armed and deployed in "peace keeping missions" (see video on the left).

The racingdrones are mostly builds by enthusiast, but there are today racingdrones available out of the box. With an speed up to (and beyond) 100 km/h and a range of approx 1000m it is still a limited technology, but it shows its potential.

In Aussie land have the large drone development moved drasticly further as the Freedom 500 class has been implemented. Spectactors have had problems seeing the small drones in the most common smaller drone racing classes. Therefore a new larger species of drones have been developed. These are large drones about 30kg, with a trust over 300kg it will have a top speed above 159km/h. This trust can lift a person up from the water, an understandable necessity for the aussie surfers, assisting the life guards doing their job. In colder places it can be used as the 'Uber' for inmates, lifting out prisoners from the exercise yard to a more pleasant location.

With these capabilities you might wonder if the next techonological step into the future will be done by civilian companies. Furthermore if the civilian world in a peacfull manner have surpassed the thinking and development of governmental controlled (military and law enforcement) technology. Machall Mcluhan wrote about the speed of development. Perhaps the speed today is so fast that it is almost impossible for large ('n slow) organisations as governments are, to understand, follow up, and implemement the newest before the technology becomes obsolete?

Atleast it is clear that this technological development should mean more jammers in the city landscape, blocking the signal and creating noise so the drones are unable to fly. Most contries have regulations about the usage of jammers, creating a future dilemma on how the regulatory work will proceed, since the jammers might have to take out all wifi, mobile network and gps signals in a radius of approx 500- 2500 meter to be effective stopping drones. As a supplement could an implementation of laser cannons in the city landscape be possible, taking out drones in areas they are not allowed. Autonomous drones shielded with reflecting (mirroring) surface material, would be able to countermeasure these installations. Ultimately could this drone be envisioned as a refit of an mobile and flexible NNEMP, working as a territorial controll switch.

The presented dilemma above of the anarchic drone arms race, does not aswer the underlying philosofical question for the future; if is't possible for the masses to trust an government that repetitvely will be pressed or even outmaneuvered by (in comparison) small hightech companies (or individuals)? This questions touches upon the second element in the Maslow pyramid, because if this element is taken away by a global change in governance, people will again search for the basics; food, water, shelter and clothing. Perhaps the scenery of Star Wars1, living a life like Shmi Skywalker and her son, the racepod driver Anakin is not so far away after all, with quads developing in every second earthbag- home or in previously mentioned stacked box living.