Aurora Flight Sciences and Lockheed Martin are preparing for their demonstrations under the first phase of the Office of Naval Research’s (ONR) Autonomous Aerial Cargo/Utility System (Aacus) program. The goal of the five-year Aacus program is to demonstrate the capability for a soldier on the ground to use a handheld device to call up an unmanned helicopter for cargo resupply or casualty evacuation. On-call 5 nm away, the aircraft is to arrive within 2 min., autonomously navigating ...


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