Aurora Flight Sciences has leveraged the autonomous aerial cargo utility system (AACUS) program to integrate its tactical autonomous aerial logistics system (TALOS) on a UH-IH helicopter, the company said.
The company said the primary goal of the AACUS program is to enable rapid cargo delivery by unmanned, and potentially optionally-manned, VTOL systems. AACUS encompasses the development and implementation of VTOL-based obstacle detection and avoidance, and allows for autonomous landings at unprepared, off-field, non-cooperative landing sites. AACUS also enables dynamic contingency planning to the point of landing, with goal-based supervisory control by any field personnel with no special training.
Aurora Flight Sciences, headquartered in Manassas, Virginia, is an innovative technology company that strives to create smarter aircraft through the development of versatile and intuitive autonomous systems.