New Ways to Test Swarming Drones

Each of the 16 tracking pods includes six cameras with overlapping fields of view.

The U.S. Army has implemented an outdoor system to test swarming drones that has a capacity of more than 1,500 times the volume of a typical testing facility.

The system tracks motion, creating brightly illuminated LED marker strobes that attach to the drone test devices and move throughout the entirety of the testing area. To track the LED markers, 96 cameras housed within 16 tracking pods are positioned around the perimeter of the testing area. The system measures the position of the markers 100 times every second.