LONDON—The British defense ministry’s procurement agency has contracted to develop an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) that could rescue personnel who have fallen overboard from naval vessels. As part of the UK’s Minerva studies into the use of small UAS, the Defense Equipment and Support Technology Office has contracted with UK firm Roke Manor Research for the research, development, integration and demonstration of an Autonomous Man Over Board Response (AutoMOBR). In such ...

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