ALIAS flies Cessna
The flight saw the Cessna put through basic manoeuvres to demonstrate the system’s automated flight capabilities. The flight was undertaken under the supervision of a pilot.
ALIAS is being developed under a contract with the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The system is designed to function as a second pilot in a two-crew aircraft, enabling reduced crew operations while ensuring that aircraft performance and mission success are maintained or improved.
During the first phase of the programme, Aurora succeeded in developing a non-invasive, extensible automated system that was tested on both a simulator and in flight on a Diamond DA-42 aircraft.
Work is now underway to install the system on a Bell UH-1 helicopter.
ALIAS uses in-cockpit machine vision, non-invasive robotic components to actuate the flight controls, a tablet-based user interface, speech recognition and synthesis, and a ‘knowledge acquisition’ process that facilitates transition of the automation system to another aircraft within a 30-day period.
Aurora is currently developing a product based on ALIAS technology for transition to military and commercial customers.
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