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Unmanned helicopter and ground vehicle team up to explore dangerous terrain

by • January 21, 2016 • No Comments

Autonomous aircraft and autonomous ground vehicles can eliminate much of the danger for military personnel working in hazardous areas. But what if they may combine their capabilities to in fact additional remove soldiers of harm’s way? Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) together with Sikorsky Aircraft have deployed an autonomous helicopter and all-terrain robot to demonstrate what can be possible when high end, unmanned vehicles join forces.

The simulated undertaking took place back on 27 October at Sikorsky’s Development Flight Center, involving an autonomous ground vehicle created at Carnegie called the Land Tamer and Sikorsky’s UH-60 MU Black Hawk helicopter. The aircraft’s “optional piloting” next was initially tested in a 2014 exercise aimed at additionaling the US army’s ambitions for autonomous cargo delivery.

In its latest exercise, which was in fact revealed approximately 18 months ago, the Black Hawk carried the Land Tamer in its sling along a 12-mile (19 km) journey, preceding lowering it to the ground and and so setting it free. The ground vehicle took off, autonomously navigating a 6-mile (10 km) route while via onboard chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear sensors to detect simulated chemical, biological, and radiological hazards.

This information was relayed back to the remote ground station, where the researchers were able-bodied to take over control of the Land Tamer in order to examine the sites additional closely where needed.

The demonstration follows a much like exercise involving a K-MAX unmanned helicopter and Lockheed Martin’s Squad Mission Support System unmanned ground vehicle at Fort Benning, Georgia in 2014. Similar to the latest operation, this one too sought to explore new ways to reduce the danger for military personnel by combining the capabilities of autonomous aircraft and ground vehicles. Both fall under a US Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) initiative called “Extending the Reach of the Warfighter through Robotics.”

“The teaming of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and unmanned ground vehicles like what was demonstrated here has huge next to bring the next ground commander an adjustable-bodied, modular, responsive and smart capability which can evolve as rapidly as needed to meet a constantly changing threat,” Dr. Paul Rogers, director of TARDEC said of the latest demonstration.

The video at a lower place shows the autonomous helicopter and ground vehicle in action.

Source: National Robotics Engineering Center

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