Black Hawk Flies ‘Uninhabited’ In Key Test Of Matrix Autonomy System

Sikorsky S-70A helicopter
Sikorsky’s S-70A optionally piloted vehicle flew autonomously and unoccupied in a Feb. 5 demonstration.
Credit: Ted Carlson/Sikorsky
When Sikorsky launched the Matrix Technology autonomy program in 2013, its vision was a cockpit switch labeled “2-1-0”—two pilots, one or none. With a turn of that knob, the autonomy would assist two pilots on a demanding mission, act as a digital copilot for a single pilot or fly the aircraft with...
Graham Warwick

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