Aurora Flight Sciences announced it’s using the technology from its Autonomous Aerial Cargo Utility System (AACUS) to integrate the company’s Tactical Autonomous Aerial Logistics System (TALOS) on a UH-1H helicopter as part of a program to produce a “platform agnostic” system that can be used on almost any VTOL aircraft to make it pilot optional.
A UH-1 Huey equipped with the Office of Naval Research-funded Autonomous Aerial Cargo/Utility System (AACUS) sensor suite conducts integrated flight testing at the Flying Circus Aerodrome located in Bealeton, Va.
The AACUS program is developing an innovative capability that when installed in existing rotary-wing aircraft enables autonomous flight, obstacle avoidance, approaches, landings and takeoffs to and from unprepared landing sites.
The company sees the technology as having broad applications – not only in acting autonomously, but also as an electronic co-pilot to help pilots in difficult situations, including first responders operating on stormy nights or landing in debris-strewn area. In these situations, TALOS could alert the pilot to potential dangers in time to avoid them. Eventually, it could be used for medevac, fire fighting, oil platform work, business aviation, and agriculture, as well as for military applications.