Lockheed Martin-led team to de­velop new au­tonomous tech­nol­ogy

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The Of­fice of Naval Re­search has awarded a $13.5 mil­lion con­tract to an in­dus­try team led by Lockheed Martin to ex­plore highly ad­vanced au­tonomous tech­nolo­gies aboard an un­manned ver­ti­cal take-off and land­ing air­craft. The team of in­dus­try, government, and aca­demic part­ners will de­velop a tech­nol­ogy that will en­able air­craft to op­er­ate un­der su­per­vi­sory con­trol. A hu­man op­er­a­tor will in­ter­act with the sys­tem at a high level while low level con­trol is left to the au­to­ma­tion.

The re­sult­ing tech­nol­ogy will have the po­ten­tial to im­prove the util­ity and ef­fec­tive­ness of cur­rent un­manned ver­ti­cal take-off and land­ing air­craft, as well as of­fer pi­lots sup­ple­men­tal de­ci­sion aids on legacy manned plat­forms.

“This con­tract pro­vides our team the op­por­tu­nity to demon­strate how far we can ex­pand the tech­nol­ogy en­ve­lope,” said Roger Il Grande, di­rec­tor of Air­borne Sys­tems for Lockheed Martin’s Mis­sion Sys­tems and Sen­sors busi­ness.

Dur­ing this first, 18-month phase of the five-year ef­fort, the team will demon­strate the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of its Open-Ar­chi­tec­ture Plan­ning and Tra­jec­tory In­tel­li­gence for Man­ag­ing Un­manned Sys­tems (OP­TI­MUS) ar­chi­tec­ture.

OP­TI­MUS is de­signed to be plat­for­mag­nos­tic, draw­ing from Lockheed Martin’s

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