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Autonomous Helicopter Collision Avoidance & Landing Zone Selection System for Casualty Evacuation and Transport
Piasecki Aircraft Corp. and Carnegie Mellon University have developed and flight demonstrated a navigation/sensor system that enables full-size, autonomous helicopters to fly at low altitude while avoiding obstacles; evaluate and select suitable landing sites in unmapped terrain; and land safely using a self-generated approach path.
Autonomous flight at low altitude and landing zone evaluation/selection is an unprecedented feat with a full-size helicopter. This technology has been developed to allow future unmanned helicopters to evacuate wounded soldiers from contaminated or live-fire battlefields and to resupply forward military bases. The technology is also applicable as a pilot aid to help both military and civilian pilots avoid obstacles, such as power lines, and select landing sites in unimproved areas such as emergency scenes, even when operating in low-light or low-visibility conditions.
Throws Out First Pitch At MLB Baseball Game
of the June 2005 Joint Robotics Working Group Meeting in Pittsburgh,
several DOD robots, including the TATRC Robotic Evacuation and Extraction
robots (REV & REX) were on display at the June 7th baseball
game between the Baltimore Orioles and Pittsburgh Pirates where
a robot named S-3 threw out the first pitch.
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