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USMC Uses Tablet to Land Helicopters

USMC Uses Tablet to Land Helicopters

U.S. Marines recently landed Kaman K-MAX and MD Helicopters MH-6 Little Bird helicopters autonomously using an iPad-like mini-tablet device during a demonstration at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., Navy and Corps officials said.

“With one touch of a mini-tablet in their hand, they have been able to autonomously land a full-size helicopter onto an unprepared landing site,” said Rear Adm. Matthew Klunder, Chief of Naval Research. The technology, called Autonomous Aerial Cargo/Utility System or AACUS, uses advanced algorithms in conjunction with LIDAR and electro-optical/infrared, or EO/IR, sensor technology, Klunder explained.

“It’s got a combination of EO/IR and LIDAR built into the system connected to a light computer that allows the helicopter to land properly,” he said.

For the complete story by Kris Osborn of Military.com, click here.

Updated: April 7, 2014 — 10:18 AM

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