Teams led by Aurora Flight Sciences and Lockheed Martin plan to demonstrate in 2014 that an untrained marine can use a smartphone application to call up an unmanned resupply helicopter, which will pick out a landing site, negotiate obstacles and threats, land to be unloaded and then take off—all autonomously. The 2014 fly-off between the two teams is the first of series of increasingly challenging annual flight demonstrations planned under the U.S. Office of Naval Research’s (ONR) ...

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