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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

ONR to Develop Technology for Autonomous Rotorcraft Landings

Source: U.S. Marine Corps

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) 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 landings at unprepared landing sites, minimally supervised by field operators with no special training,” for manned or unmanned rotary-wing aircraft.

The AACUS program is a $98-million, five-year effort to provide this autonomous capability to the Marine Corps and Navy and has the potential to make an impact in mission accomplishment. The system is a result of the effort to develop a method, other than convoys or manned helicopters, of delivering supplies to the battlefield safely and expediently.

Lance Cpl. Cody Barss explains how he landed a helicopter utilizing an Autonomous Aerial Cargo/Utility System prototype. Photo by Lance Cpl. Samuel Ellis
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