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Air Force students working on unmanned tankers

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posted on Dec, 15 2005 @ 03:42 AM
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Using two manned planes as surogates, the students linked together the "bank-angle and roll-rate measurements and the relative positions" of the two aircraft.

These inputs manipulated the control surfaces and throttles, automatically allowing the aircraft to hold a series of positions and transitions while flying a standard racetrack course, even when the tanker was in a 30-deg. bank. By the final flights, pilots kept their hands off the controls for nearly 2 hr. In straight-and-level flight, the controller held the receiver within 1.3 ft. of the desired refueling position.


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Can't wait to see an unmanned bomber hook up to an unmanned tanker. SkyNet is coming...




posted on Dec, 15 2005 @ 03:55 AM
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I am glad to see that the Cadets are using their heads. The Air Force stays on the cutting edge of technology and this exercise is a testament of the things to come from the future of one of the best branches of the Armed Forces...Go Air Force!.



posted on Dec, 15 2005 @ 06:24 AM
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Originally posted by NWguy83

Using two manned planes as surogates, the students linked together the "bank-angle and roll-rate measurements and the relative positions" of the two aircraft.

These inputs manipulated the control surfaces and throttles, automatically allowing the aircraft to hold a series of positions and transitions while flying a standard racetrack course, even when the tanker was in a 30-deg. bank. By the final flights, pilots kept their hands off the controls for nearly 2 hr. In straight-and-level flight, the controller held the receiver within 1.3 ft. of the desired refueling position.


Robo-tanker link


Can't wait to see an unmanned bomber hook up to an unmanned tanker. SkyNet is coming...



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