“Building on recent innovations in its two-year-old Vanishing Programmable Resources (VAPR) program, which has developed self-destructing electronic components, DARPA today launched ICARUS, a program driven by a vision of vanishing air vehicles that can make precise deliveries of critical supplies and then vaporize into thin air.”
To achieve this, DARPA has officially launched ICARUS (short for Inbound, Controlled, Air-Releasable, Unrecoverable Systems). Inspired from the ancient Greek story of Icarus – whereby his wings were engineered using feathers and wax, resulting in their eventual disintegration when he flew too close to the sun – DARPA wishes to mimic this in the development of transient materials and leverage them during scenarios which require drones to deliver food, medical aid, and supplies to those around the world who need them most.
In the beginning I asked you to imagine a future where conflict, hunger, and disease no longer existed. This technology which DARPA is hoping to engineer will help us build that future. If we’re to become a united species upon Earth, then we need to begin developing marvel new ways of helping those who need us the most. Using advanced science and technology, we have an opportunity today to feed the hungry, to heal the sick, and to bring peace upon a war-stricken planet. If that requires drones which vanish into thin air, then so be it!