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Enhanced autopilots pave way to autonomy for US multi-engine jets

27th February 2023 - 14:30 GMT | by Ian Parker in London


Large multi-engine USAF aircraft such as the KC-135R could benefit from the autonomy work carried out by Reliable Robotics. (Photo: USAF)

The USAF has commissioned a year-long autonomy study by Reliable Robotics for large jet aircraft.

The USAF has awarded a contract to Reliable Robotics to study use of its automated flight and navigation technology in large, multi-engine jets with increased safety and risk reduction as the main objectives. 

Dr David O'Brien, senior VP of government solutions at Reliable told Shephard: 'Reliable Robotics is designing advanced autopilot systems with precision navigation that will enhance safety by enabling all-weather auto-taxi, auto-take-off and auto-landing, without new ground infrastructure. 

'The continuous engagement autopilot will prevent loss of control in flight, controlled flight into terrain, fuel mismanagement and other causes of fatal aviation accidents – whether the pilot is onboard

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Ian Parker


Ian Parker

Ian Parker became an aerospace and defence journalist in 1980 on Flight International and started …

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