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The biggest drone swarm in history looks like a flock of birds in flight

The biggest drone swarm in history looks like a flock of birds in flight
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If you have ever tried to pilot a remote-controlled drone from the ground, you know how hard it can be. You have a control panel with a lever to move it up and down, another one to move it left and right, and blinking lights that do who knows what.

So, could you imagine trying to keep 50 drones up in the air, at the same time? It sounds daunting for a reason. It is. In fact, the new world record for piloting multiple drones stands at 50.

There were some high-powered minds behind this swarm. Students at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, launched the 50 drones, but the drones were piloted by only one person. Hence, the record.

Their feat is incredible. These are pretty big drones that fly like unmanned planes, or flying wings. They're too big to be launched by hand, so the students created slingshot-like launchers.

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