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New technology could autonomize rotary-wing landings

New technology could autonomize rotary-wing landings

Going beyond remote-controlled technology that currently exists for aircraft, the Office of Naval Research is spearheading the development of a new rotary-wing aircraft software and sensor system that would bring autonomous approaches and landings via manned or unmanned helicopters. According to ONR, the Autonomous Aerial Cargo/Utility System (AACUS) is designed to provide, “autonomous approaches and… Read more »

Source: USMC, 09-Apr-14

Smartphones to Steer Unmanned Rotorcraft on the Battlefield

Smartphones to Steer Unmanned Rotorcraft on the Battlefield

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) awarded contracts to Lockheed Martin and Aurora Flight Sciences on Sept. 28 to develop robotic rotorcraft capable of supporting rapid autonomous aerial cargo delivery to the battlefield. ONR is initially providing $28 million to the industry-led teams to develop prototype concepts in the Autonomous Aerial Cargo Utility System (AACUS)… Read more »

Source: Office of Naval Research, 08-Oct-12

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ONR propels cutting-edge technologies at Naval Helicopter Assocation Symposium

ONR propels cutting-edge technologies at Naval Helicopter Assocation Symposium

ARLINGTON, Va.—When officials from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) showed up at the 63rd annual Naval Helicopter Association (NHA) Symposium in San Diego from May 9-12, they displayed a technology that allows helicopter aircraft commanders to “take the fight away from the boat.” The Low-Cost Imaging Terminal Seeker (LCITS) will give helicopters, such as the… Read more »

Source: Office of Naval Research, 13-May-11