To make this website work, we log user data. By using Shephard's online services, you agree to our Privacy Policy, including cookie policy.

Open menu Search

US Air Force edges closer to remotely operating the KC-135 Stratotanker

29th May 2024 - 16:47 GMT | by Flavia Camargos Pereira in Kansas City


A KC-135 flying over Mount Rainier, in the US state of Washington. (Photo: USAF)

In a partnership with Reliable Robotics, the US Air Force has been exploring the use of autonomous flight capabilities.

The US Air Force (USAF) has been progressing with its plans to remotely fly its fleet. The service ordered Reliable Robotics to carry out a study to evaluate the integration of the company’s aircraft-agnostic autonomous flight system into large multi-engine aircraft such as the KC-135 Stratotanker.

Reliable Robotics conducted a demonstration in February in California with a Cessna 208 Caravan. The aircraft was controlled by a pilot on the ground, who was responsible for route planning and communications.

It departed from Sacramento McClellan Airport and landed at Hollister Municipal Airport, more than 190km (120 miles) away.

The company's technology was used to

Access this article and other Decisive Edge Newsletter news content with a free basic account

Create account

You will also get one free Premium News article each week

Already have an account? Log in

Flavia Camargos Pereira


Flavia Camargos Pereira

Flavia Camargos Pereira is a North America editor at Shephard Media. She joined the company …

Read full bio

Share to