Two years ago, the advanced military development agency DARPA began developing self-destructing radio electronics. Its main goal is to prevent secret military equipment or its fragments from falling into the hands of the enemy.
Now DARPA is engaged in the implementation of a new project - ICARUS. This time, the main idea is to create a disposable unmanned aerial vehicle, which, after completing the task, will crumble to dust or literally dissolve into thin air.
These drones, dropped from aircraft, will be used during natural disasters or on the battlefield to ensure accurate delivery of various cargoes. As practice shows, dropping cargo by parachute is associated with a certain risk. It is assumed that such drones will require new secret technologies, and the US government is extremely not interested in them falling into the wrong hands.
The ICARUS project is a continuation of the program for the creation of self-destructing radio electronics - VARP. Within the framework of this program, special polymer panels have already been created that turn into gas, and electronics with glass strips with internal high voltage embedded in it. Upon receiving a special command, they turn to dust.
According to the project, drones will deliver food, perishable drugs like insulin, water and other materials to people in distress. UAVs will be able to carry up to 1.5 kg of payload over a distance of more than 150 km. After delivery of the cargo, they must completely collapse within 4 hours or within 30 minutes after dusk.