DUGWAY PROVING GROUND, Utah – The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory and DZYNE Technologies Inc. in Irvine, Calif., completed a two-hour initial flight of a revolutionary robotic pilot unmanned conversion program called ROBOpilot Aug. 9 at Dugway Proving Ground, Utah. Air Force reports. Continue reading original article
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9 Sept. 2019 -- This project is the vision for The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, DZYNE Technologies. The ROBOpilot interacts with an aircraft the same way as a human pilot would.
For example, the system grabs the aircraft control yoke, pushes on the rudders and brakes, controls the throttle, flips the appropriate switches and reads the dashboard gauges the same way a pilot does.
At the same time, the unmanned system uses sensors like GPS and an inertial measurement unit, for situational awareness and information gathering. A computer analyzes these details to make decisions on how to best control the flight.
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