29 Apr '15, 9pm

DARPA's Self-Steering EXACTO Bullets Home in on Moving Targets

DARPA's Self-Steering EXACTO Bullets Home in on Moving Targets

Bullets are dumb. Really dumb. This is a problem, because bullets spend a significant portion of their actively useful life in very rapid transit from one place to another without paying the least amount of attention to what’s going on around them while they do so. If you or I behaved in such an ignorant manner while traveling from place to place, we’d almost certainly get run over by a bus. In order to not get run over by a bus, those of us who are cleverer than bullets do our best to be aware of our surroundings while we travel, compensating for changes in both our environment and our destination. DARPA has managed to imbue bullets with a similar level of intelligence, allowing them to steer themselves to a moving target while dynamically adjusting for whatever sorts of things might send them off-target, such as crosswinds or the lousy aim of whoever pulled the trigger. ...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/aerospace/military/dar...

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