A lightweight automatic ground-collision-avoidance system (Auto GCAS) that depends on a terrain database of the entire world housed in a smartphone is being flight tested by NASA. The flights—which follow initial development of the Auto GCAS for U.S. Air Force F-16, F-22 and F-35 fighters—are aimed at extending use of the safety system to a much broader range of applications, from unmanned air vehicles to general aviation aircraft. The system uses precise navigation, performance and ...

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