Palmer Luckey and his team at Anduril Industries launched Ghost 4 — a new Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) with the ability to use high-level artificial intelligence.
Is Anduril pushing China of the top of the (drone) hill?
The immediate future of the consumer-oriented part of the Chinese-backed drone-manufacturing industry isn’t in danger yet. As Ghost wasn’t designed with consumer or even high-end commercial market in mind, the guys at DJI have no reason to start looking for a new employer.
Anduril is a defense contractor. Its newest product is aimed at government-run agencies like the Defense Department, Department of Homeland Security, and Customs and Border Protection, to name a few.
Luckey’s company isn’t after tech-savvy teenagers or middle-aged guys who, instead of buying a motorcycle to make themselves look cool, choose a cheaper option of acquiring a drone and flying it in some local municipal park. His company is after BIG guys.
“BIG guys” means the US government and its allies. They are at the top of the list of intended customers. With help from the 2019-2020 National Defense Authorization Act (Senator Chris Murphy provision), which banned most government entities from purchasing or using Chinese-manufactured equipment (including drones), Anduril should be on an easy path of taking over that market.
Ghost 4 is:
- A single-rotor aircraft.
- Practically invisible to the targets it observes (because of its extremely low acoustic signature).
- Modular (easy to customize).
- Able to fly for over 100 minutes carrying a full mission payload.
- Designed for swarming and intelligent teaming (a single operator can control large numbers of networked airframes).
Designed in the USA, Build in the USA for the US and its allies’ military needs.
Ghost 4 launch.
Published on Sep 09, 2020, by Anduril Industries.
Ghost 4 is capable of aerial intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, cargo delivery, counter intrusion, signal intelligence, and electronic warfare.
Dragonfly with a college diploma.
Ghosts don’t need much human input to perform even the most complex missions. The drone is controlled entirely through the Anduril’s Lattice software platform, and the need for the operator’s supervision is cut to a minimum.
The Ghost’s capability of swarming and intelligent teaming makes it possible for a single operator to control large numbers of networked units. The operator assigns tasks to a group of drones, then Lattice (an Artificial Intelligence software that drones operate on) acts as supervising authority, which uses incoming real-time data to choose the most efficient way to complete those tasks.
Ghost is an incredibly intelligent sUAS with an onboard Lattice AI Core capable of performing 32 trillion operations per second, which is nearly 100 times faster than the computational speeds of other sUAS currently available. Ghost harnesses the Lattice AI Core to run computer vision and sensor fusion algorithms at the edge, enabling Ghost to identify, classify, and track objects of interest in low-bandwidth and contested environments with a low radio frequency signature. [ MORE ]
Palmer Luckey calls his newest drone…,
The best drone there is.
Ghost 4 is highly customizable and, depending on configuration, capable of performing multiple tasks, including aerial intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, cargo delivery, counter intrusion, signal intelligence, and electronic warfare, naming a few. If we take all of the above and realize that all those capabilities are squeezed into a tiny package (under 108 inches long), Luckey’s statement sounds entirely believable.
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