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SAS14: AACUS completes first phase test

8th April 2014 - 12:47 GMT | by Beth Stevenson in National Harbor


The Office of Naval Research (ONR) has completed the first flight test programme of its five year Autonomous Aerial Cargo/Utility System (AACUS) effort, it has been revealed.

The first 18-month element of the test programme resulted in a week long test in Quantico, Virginia, two weeks ago, during which Lockheed Martin’s K-Max UAV and Aurora Flight Sciences with the AH-6 Unmanned Little Bird (ULB) demonstrated their ability to autonomously fly and land on an undetermined spot whilst avoiding obstacles.

The ultimate effort of the $100 million VTOL test programme is for operators with no previous UAS operating experience to be

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Beth Stevenson


Beth Stevenson

Beth is a former senior reporter for Digital Battlespace and Unmanned Vehicles magazines. Beth graduated …

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