In September, DARPA announced a project that has been in development since 2015. This is a technology with the help of which one pilot-operator can simultaneously control three aircraft or unmanned aerial vehicles. This was announced by the director of the biological technology department of DARPA Justin Sanchez.
Two years ago, a volunteer equipped with a brain-computer interface was able to fly not only “his own”, but also two additional planes on the simulator, using only the power of thought.
In 2017, the control algorithm was complicated by the introduction of feedback elements: if, for example, a slave aircraft were directed in a certain direction, the neural implant created a sensation of vibration in the hands.
However, there is one problem. Since electrodes are still implanted in the sensory and motor parts of the brain, the number of people willing to participate in experiments is extremely limited. As a rule, these are people with various forms and degrees of paralysis.
To eliminate the surgical component of this technology, DARPA launched the Nonsurgical Neurotechnology NextGeneration (N3) program. Her idea is to create a helmet-like device for electroencephalography that the pilot can take off after flight.