This technology pertains to the use of robotic network routing that is capable of being a backup communications route if satellites, airplane communications, antennas, and/or other types of communications are unavailable. This technology links large numbers of robots in a terrain to a centralized system that is built from the robots, and the system evolves based on the robots, such that the loss of communications and the malfunction / loss of robots within the system do not damage the system. This technology can be combined with contingency mechanisms, role assignments, network task assignment and monitoring of completion of tasks and missions, and the use of larger robots with built-in long-range communications to establish secondary links with a central operations command of the robots, such that in regards to the robots the satellite links, airplanes, and other forms of communications were only a technology used to establish a link of communications rather than a necessity of the operations of the robots.
- Patrick R. McElhiney
- Robotics (ROB)