Adaptable Ground Sensor Inspired by Smartphone Technology Takes First Flight

DARPA's Adaptable Sensor System (ADAPT) program aims to change how unattended sensors are developed for the military by using an original design manufacturer process like the commercial smartphone industry's. The ADAPT program goal is to develop low-cost, rapidly updatable intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) sensors in under a year versus the current three-to-eight year development process. The core ADAPT hardware and software package was developed using a customized Android Operating System. The small sensor is self-powered and can wirelessly network with other sensors or user interfaces. In this video, control of a unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) using the ADAPT core module to provide flight control inputs is demonstrated. This demonstration was an initial step showing that the ADAPT core may be applied to UAV sensor reference designs.