Some interesting videos coming out from the Autonomous Aerial Cargo/Utility Program(AACUS). Testing at Quantico in Virginia showed that the
autonomous automatic landing system works. Testing included the helicopter landing itself, as well as wave offs by the operators, and the helicopter
waving off the landing on its own. Each helicopter flew a programmed route, avoiding no fly areas, as well as identifying pop-up threats and
identifying them to the operator. When the helicopter chooses to wave off, it chooses other safe landing areas and displays options on the monitor
held by the operator, and the operator chooses which area it will land in.
Aurora Flight Sciences is using an unmanned Boeing MH-6 Little Bird, while Lockheed Martin is using an unmanned Kaman K-Max.
Meanwhile, SIkorsky is developing their Matrix Technology, using their Sikorsky Autonomous Research Aircraft (SARA). SARA is a modified S-76, with
full authority fly-by-wire controls, as well as a multi-sensor, muti-spectrum "perception system". They have flown it "open loop" since the start of
the year (man in the cockpit, but not flying), and have recently gotten their "optionally manned" certificate from the FAA.
Aurora Flight Sciences:
edit on 4/19/2014 by Zaphod58 because: (no reason given)
Combat zone. Launch and forget carrying cargo. You program to fly to FOB A, then to FOB D, then back to FOB C, then on to FOB B carrying a cargo
load. It flies on its own, lands, drops off whatever cargo, then goes on to the next one. Frees up pilots from having to fly them all that way, at
fairly slow speeds.
a reply to: Zaphod58 I still like the idea of the pilot using their brains and training to avoid certain situations. For example
if it's coming into a hover a pilot may see out the corner of his eye someone with an RPG.
I agree. brought up the black hawk down movie thinking about the guy that said can't bring anymore, too hot. or something like that.
What happened to the soldiers as I read in the book should never happen again. (blackhawk down). But it did in Benghazi.
I think we have the best weapons in the world, just need better people aiming them
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