Algorithms to be developed to allow small, fast UAVs to operate without the aid of GPS

GPS may no longer be a prerequisite for guidng UAV's in confined spaces with the news that the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is looking to develop algorithms that would let UAVs operate in confined environments without the help GPS or other external communications. In areas where it is too dangerous for humans to enter,a UAV needs to be able to navigate a network of rooms, stairways and corridors”.

The agency is looking for algorithms and software that would allow a UAV to fly even through an open window at speed into quite complicated indoor environments by external operators.  The Agency says this would enhance future unmanned capabilities, reducing processing power, communications and human intervention for low level UAV tasks. Read more at  http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/darpa-solicits-tender-for-uav-urban-operation-algorithms-407418/