BAE Sys­tems’ clever tech­nol­ogy recog­nised


BAE Sys­tems Aus­tralia’s ground­break­ing tech­nol­ogy that en­ables Un­manned Ae­rial Ve­hi­cles (UAVs) to land them­selves has been awarded the in­au­gu­ral Na­tional De­fence In­dus­try In­no­va­tion Award at the Aus­tralian In­ter­na­tional Air­show.

The award recog­nises in­no­va­tion in the Aus­tralian aero­space in­dus­try.

The tech­nol­ogy is an In­tel­li­gent Re­cov­ery Sys­tem that en­ables UAVs to au­tonomously lo­cate a suit­able land­ing strip and land safely with­out re­ly­ing on aids such as GPS, re­mote pi­lot­ing or ex­ter­nal sys­tems.

When a land­ing strip is vis­i­ble, the sys­tem uses vis­ual or im­age-based clues and de­vel­ops spe­cific al­go­rithms to land safely. The sys­tem is so clever that it can also cal­cu­late al­go­rithms for mov­ing plat­forms such as naval ships.

BAE Sys­tems Chief Ex­ec­u­tive David Al­lott said this award un­der­scores the com­pany’s track record for de­liv­er­ing in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions for cus­tomers.

“We have been lead­ing the world in the devel­op­ment of au­tonomous sys­tems and tech­nolo­gies for 15 years,” Al­lott said.

“The In­tel­li­gent Re­cov­ery Sys­tem sets a new bench­mark in au­ton­omy for UAVs and it’s a tes­ta­ment to our highly skilled engi­neers that this cut­ting-edge work has been recog­nised with the in­au­gu­ral Na­tional De­fence In­dus­try In­no­va­tion Award.”

Al­lott said the In­tel­li­gent Re­cov­ery Sys­tem of­fered cus­tomers sig­nif­i­cant op­er­a­tional and safety ben­e­fits.

“This tech­nol­ogy means UAVs can safely land in emer­gency sit­u­a­tions with­out as­sis­tance – an in­no­va­tion that not only pro­tects the UAV and of­fers in­creased re­li­a­bil­ity, but has the po­ten­tial to save lives. The In­tel­li­gent Re­cov­ery Sys­tem can even be used for manned civil and mil­i­tary air­craft.”

Added ben­e­fits in­clude re­duc­ing plan­ning for mis­sions and op­er­a­tor work­load.

The tech­nol­ogy is cur­rently in­stalled on BAE Sys­tems Aus­tralia’s King­fisher 2 UAV sys­tem and sig­nif­i­cant el­e­ments are em­bed­ded in the global com­pany’s next gen­er­a­tion of UAVs.

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