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Wednesday, July 9, 2008

DARPA Technology Autonomously Lands Severely Damaged Aircraft

This is really amazing: DARPA, the Pentagon’s source for R&D (and lovers of acronyms big and small) have released a video illustrating the Damage Tolerance and Autonomous Landing Solution they developed alongside Athena Technologies. Basically, DTALS is designed to take over for a pilot in the event that the aircraft sustains heavy damage. The system automatically detects the damage and adjusts the flight control system to land the aircraft safely.

Be sure to watch the video.

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