The U.S. government is researching 5G capabilities to operate a “swarm of drones” that talk to each other through “machine to machine” (M2M) communication, operating as a hive mind in the skies.

The Dept. of Energy is already working with government contractors in Idaho to expand upon a “novel 5G wireless network” that can bypass current line-of-site distance limitations of drones by “using a commercial wireless service that provides adequate RF coverage,” according to a government solicitation from December.

But because current, non-5G RF coverage is intended for cellular users who are with 400 feet of the ground, the government is interested in using 5G technology for drones that can allow them to issue commands to each another in flight.

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