Today's unmanned aircraft are often mistakenly characterized as autonomous, but the most independent thing they do is take off and land automatically. Beyond that, it takes many hours of meticulous planning to program the vehicles to perform their missions and cope with any foreseen contingencies. That preprogramming burden is behind the adage that unmanned aircraft require more manpower than manned aircraft, hence the drive to increase the autonomy of UAVs, giving them the ability to ...


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