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US Air Force Prepares Kit for Unmanned Air Platform

US Air Force Prepares Kit for Unmanned Air Platform 20 August, 2019

 

The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and DZYNE Technologies on 9 August performed a two-hour initial flight of the Robotic Pilot Unmanned Conversion Program (ROBOpilot), according to a 15 August AFRL statement.

The ROBOpilot programme aimed the ability to rapidly and affordably convert a general aviation aircraft into an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), fly a mission autonomously and then return back to its piloted configuration. This conversion took place without making permanent modifications to the aircraft.

All the systems that control aircraft engine, surface and aviation work the same way a pilot does. Simultaneously, the system uses sensors, such as a Global Positioning System (GPS) and an internal measurement unit (IMU), for situational awareness and information gathering. A computer analyses these details to make decisions on how to best control the flight.

The ROBOpilot also has a simple installation process. Users remove the pilot's seat and install a frame in its place, which contains all the equipment necessary to control the aircraft including actuators, electronics, cameras, power systems, and a robotic arm.

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