Testing how an artificial intelligence (AI) “brain” can control a fighter-sized aircraft remains the goal of the Skyborg program. But the first prototype will also serve as a guinea pig for a new approach to aircraft design and production, the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) says. AFRL announced plans on Oct. 15 to select a single Skyborg Design Agent (SDA) next year for the Skyborg prototype. The selected vendor will be barred from acting as the manufacturer of the design, ...

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