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Bringing UAVs to the fight: recent army autonomy research and a vision for the future
Author(s): Jay Moorthy; Raymond Higgins; Keith Arthur
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Paper Abstract

The Unmanned Autonomous Collaborative Operations (UACO) program was initiated in recognition of the high operational burden associated with utilizing unmanned systems by both mounted and dismounted, ground and airborne warfighters. The program was previously introduced at the 62nd Annual Forum of the American Helicopter Society in May of 20061. This paper presents the three technical approaches taken and results obtained in UACO. All three approaches were validated extensively in contractor simulations, two were validated in government simulation, one was flight tested outside the UACO program, and one was flight tested in Part 2 of UACO. Results and recommendations are discussed regarding diverse areas such as user training and human-machine interface, workload distribution, UAV flight safety, data link bandwidth, user interface constructs, adaptive algorithms, air vehicle system integration, and target recognition. Finally, a vision for UAV As A Wingman is presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 April 2008
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 6981, Defense Transformation and Net-Centric Systems 2008, 69810D (3 April 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.784733
Show Author Affiliations
Jay Moorthy, U.S. Army Aviation Applied Technology Directorate (United States)
Raymond Higgins, U.S. Army Aviation Applied Technology Directorate (United States)
Keith Arthur, U.S. Army Aviation Applied Technology Directorate (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6981:
Defense Transformation and Net-Centric Systems 2008
Raja Suresh, Editor(s)

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