Darpa is taking advantage of industry efforts already underway to get an early start on its program to demonstrate a drop-in kit to automate existing aircraft, reducing the onboard crew required, and that can be removed and transferred to a different aircraft type. Aurora Flight Sciences, Lockheed Martin and Sikorsky have been awarded contracts for Phase 1 of the Aircrew Labor In-cockpit Automation Systems (Alias) program. Aurora has already flown the Centaur optionally piloted light ...

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