Aerial Reconfigurable Embedded System (ARES), a program developed by DARPA, demonstrate a modular transportation system built around a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) flight module operated as an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).
According to DARPA, the new system will bypass ground-based threats and enable faster, more effective delivery of cargo and other essential services in hard-to-reach areas. ARES will also facilitate the evacuation of injured soldiers.
In the images you can see flying drones that can be attached to various modules, like different types of vehicles or various containers.
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DARPA unveiled the Transformer (TX) program in 2009. Transformer aimed to develop and demonstrate a prototype system that would provide flexible, terrain-independent transportation for logistics, personnel transport and tactical support missions for small ground units. In 2013, DARPA selected the Aerial Reconfigurable Embedded System (ARES) design concept to move forward.
“Many missions require dedicated vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) assets, but most ground units don’t have their own helicopters,” said Ashish Bagai, DARPA program manager. “ARES would make organic and versatile VTOL capability available to many more individual units. Our goal is to provide flexible, terrain-independent transportation that avoids ground-based threats, in turn supporting expedited, cost-effective operations and improving the likelihood of mission success.”