Will Optionally Piloted Vehicles Change the UAV Market?
By George Jagels
In April 2014, The Office of Naval Research (ONR) announced successful demonstrations of its Autonomous Aerial Cargo and Utility System (AACUS). This open architecture platform is designed to enable new and legacy rotary aircraft to launch rapidly “from sea and land, fly in high/hot environments, and autonomously detect and negotiate precision landing sites in potentially hostile settings,” according to ONR.
Short-term, ONR’s goal for AACUS is to provide reliable resupply. Long-term, the system will be used for casualty evacuation by an unmanned air vehicle (UAV) in poor weather.