Reliably detecting hazardous wires, evaluating terrain for safe landings and operating without GPS are the latest challenges to be tackled by a U.S. Navy-funded research program to develop the capability for any rotorcraft to autonomously perform cargo resupply missions in adverse conditions. The Office of Naval Research’s Autonomous Aerial Cargo/Utility System (AACUS) program is entering its third phase, having begun in fiscal 2012. Aurora Flight Sciences was selected to continue ...

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