Thursday, January 12, 2012
Send in the Supplies: RoboCopters in Marines’ Future
Office of Naval Research
Marines running low on ammo may one day use an app on their digital handhelds to summon a robotic helicopter to deliver supplies within minutes, enabled by technologies from a new Office of Naval Research (ONR) program.
The Autonomous Aerial Cargo Utility System (AACUS) is a five-year, $98 million effort to develop sensors and control technologies for robotic vertical take-off and landing aircraft.
“AACUS is a leap-ahead technology that allows the Navy and the Marine Corps to move beyond having a highly trained operator fly an unmanned aircraft,” said Rear Adm. Matthew Klunder, chief of naval research. “The program will let us leverage advanced autonomy, but still maintain the central and critical role of the human operator as the supervisor.” Full Story