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How Can We Improve The Utility And Effectiveness Of Current Unmanned Vertical Take-Off And Landing Aircraft..?

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$13.5 Million Contract / UAV Technology

  • The Office of Naval Research in the U.S. has awarded a $13.5 million contract to an industry team led by Lockheed Martin to explore highly advanced autonomous technologies aboard an unmanned vertical take-off and landing aircraft.
  • Under the contract,Lockheed Martin and a team of industry, government, and academic partners will develop a technology that will enable aircraft to operate under supervisory control. A human operator will interact with the system at a high level while low level control is left to the automation. / UAV Technology/

    X-Wing EC86-33555-2 NASA

    X-Wing EC86-33555-2 NASA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Offering Pilots Supplemental Decision Aids… / UAV Technology

  • The resulting technology will have the potential to improve the utility and effectiveness of current unmanned vertical take-off and landing aircraft, as well as offer pilots supplemental decision aids on legacy manned platforms.
  • “This contract provides our team the opportunity to demonstrate how far we can expand the technology envelope,” said Roger Il Grande, director of Airborne Systems for Lockheed Martin’s Mission Systems & Sensors business. “Some of our cutting edge technology has already been demonstrated on K-MAX for the Army’s Autonomous Technologies for Unmanned Air System program, and is now deployed with the Marine Corps on the aircraft in Afghanistan.” / UAV Technology /
Ryan Firebee was a series of target drones/unm...

Ryan Firebee was a series of target drones/unmanned aerial vehicles. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

OPTIMUS Architecture… / UAV Technology

  • During this first, 18-month phase of the five-year effort, the team will demonstrate the capabilities of its Open-Architecture Planning and Trajectory Intelligence for Managing Unmanned Systems (OPTIMUS) architecture.  OPTIMUS is designed to be platform-agnostic, drawing from Lockheed Martin’s experience with the unmanned K-MAX cargo resupply program and the combined teams’ expertise in the fields of sensing, autonomy and human-machine interaction. / UAV Technology /

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