Aurora Flight Sciences and Lockheed Martin are to develop concepts for autonomous cargo delivery via robotic rotorcraft under contracts totaling $28 million, awarded under the U.S. Office of Naval Research's Autonomous Aerial Cargo Utility System (Aacus) program. The system will include autonomous threat- and obstacle-detection and avoidance and automatic landing capabilities. Aacus is intended to allow an unmanned cargo helicopter to be operated from the ground with a smartphone-like ...

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