Autonomous Helicopters

Attached is a link to a Northrop Press Release with discussions about testing of an unmanned helicopter.

I am posting this because this helicopter can perform many of its functions autonomously (take-off, landing) and also operates by remote control (aka “teleoperated mode” in firstspeak).

I thought this would be of interest to some CD readers.


Lockheed Martin and Kaman Aerospace describe a similar project here:

The Northrop Grumman entry is based on technology already in use by the fully autonomous Fire Scout:
Here’s a Discovery Future Weapons show from a couple of year’s ago:

I saw something like this up at the University of Minnesota during a tour at last year’s tournaments, but it was just a RC helicopter. This looks really neat.