DARPA, Sikorsky Demonstrate Optionally Manned Aircraft

US Army pilots shared flight operations of a modified Sikorsky S-76B helicopter fitted with the company’s MATRIX autonomous software and hardware, during a series of demonstrations at Fort Eustis, Virginia, in October. In the coming months, Sikorsky intends to fly a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter equipped with the US Defense Advanced Research Projects...

US Army pilots shared flight operations of a modified Sikorsky S-76B helicopter fitted with the company’s MATRIX autonomous software and hardware, during a series of demonstrations at Fort Eustis, Virginia, in October.

In the coming months, Sikorsky intends to fly a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter equipped with the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA’s) Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS), which was used on the S-76B.

The October exercise marked the latest demonstration of technologies developed by Sikorsky and DARPA, and the first time that non-Sikorsky pilots on board the aircraft and on the ground had operated the Sikorsky Autonomy Research Aircraft (SARA), which is a modified commercial helicopter, as an optionally piloted aircraft, Sikorsky said.

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