UAV-Aided Medical Assistance System Architecture Including Base Stations and a UAV Swarm (image) American Institute of Physics Share Print E-Mail Caption A new energy-efficient data routing algorithm could keep unmanned aerial vehicle swarms flying longer, report an international team of researchers this month in the journal Chaos. UAV swarms are cooperative, intercommunicating groups of UAVs used for a wide and growing variety of civilian and military applications. In disaster response, UAV swarms linked to one or more local base stations act as eyes in the sky, providing first responders with crucial damage and survivor information. This image shows UAV-aided medical assistance system architecture including base stations and a UAV swarm, with UAVs closest to the base stations acting as relay nodes for otherwise out-of-range UAVs. Credit Wuhui Chen Usage Restrictions Journalists may use this image only with appropriate credit. Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.