Now DARPA is engaged in the implementation of a new project – ICARUS. This time, the main idea is to create a one-shot unmanned aerial vehicle, which, after completing the task, will crumble to dust or literally dissolve in the air.
These drones dropped from the aircraft will be used during natural disasters or on the battlefield to ensure accurate delivery of various cargoes. As practice shows, dropping loads on a parachute is associated with a certain risk. It is assumed that for such drones, new secret technologies will be required, and the US government is extremely not interested in getting into the wrong hands.
The ICARUS project is the continuation of the program for the creation of self-destructing radio electronics – VARP. Within the framework of this program, special polymer panels have been created that turn into gas, and electronics with glass strips built in it with internal high voltage. When they receive a special command, they turn into dust.
In accordance with the project, drones will deliver products, perishable drugs such as insulin, water and other materials to people in distress. UAVs will be able to carry up to 1.5 kg of useful weight for a distance of more than 150 km. After the delivery of the goods, they must completely break down within 4 hours or within 30 minutes after the onset of twilight.