Space & Astronomy
Swarming spacecraft could self-destruct
September 8, 2010 | 5 comments
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Future missions involving swarms of spacecraft could see one of the group self-destruct for the good of the collective.
Whereas these days space missions usually involve only one spacecraft in the future we may see missions that include swarms of robotic probes moving in formation, if this happens and one of the swarm breaks down then it may have to self-destruct in order to avoid a collision that could further endanger the group.
Future space probes that operate in cooperative swarms must commit hara-kiri if they begin to fail and risk damaging their comrades, says a recent patent application by NASA.
Source: New Scientist
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