ARPA’s latest drone program just took a turn for the better. The Tactically Exploited Reconnaissance Node (TERN) is designed as a Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) flyer for the U.S. Navy. Like their avian namesake, TERN will be a sea-based flyer. (It is unlikely that the MALE TERN will share male terns penchant for mating displays, however). The drone is designed as a sort of super crow’s nest, flying from small vessels and scouting out the ocean ahead.