14 May 2014
United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) subsidiary Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. said it has won a significant demonstration project with the National Robotics Engineering Center of Carnegie Mellon University to demonstrate an autonomous delivery of an unmanned ground vehicle by an optionally piloted Black Hawk helicopter enabled with Matrix technology.
The UGV will subsequently execute a mission to investigate a potentially contaminated area, while keeping human personnel out of harm´s way.
The project is an 18-month program sponsored by the US Army´s Tank Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center through the Robotics Technology Consortium. The NREC-led “Extending the Reach of the Warfighter Through Robotics” effort launched in March and will culminate with a final demonstration in September 2015.
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