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Fault-Tolerant Distributed Reconnaissance

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This paper describes a method to efficiently canvass an area of interest using distributed sensing methods, assisted by fault-tolerant resource management. By implementing multiple aircraft in an assessment configuration, aerial monitoring and diverse sensing can be accomplished through the use of ad-hoc networking principles; aircraft act as nodes, each being a distributed agent in the network. Combined with a method called the Distributed Apt Resource Transference System (DARTS) for reallocating redundant or alternately-allocatable resources, such implementations can enjoy longer operational duration, increased coverage, and a higher probability of executing the desired reconnaissance.

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