Air­bus and Schiebel launch manned/ un­manned tri­als

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Air­bus He­li­copters and Schiebel have tested Manned Un­manned Team­ing (MUM-T) ca­pa­bil­i­ties be­tween an H145 heli­copter and a CAMCOPTER S-100 UAS. The two craft jointly flew dif­fer­ent sce­nar­ios in­clud­ing de­tec­tion of ob­jects hid­den in places not ac­ces­si­ble by tra­di­tional he­li­copters. The S-100 was con­trolled and pi­loted by an op­er­a­tor fly­ing in the H145 and from a ground-based con­trol sta­tion to sim­u­late the re­turn of the manned heli­copter for re­fu­elling.

“MUM-T mul­ti­plies the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of both sys­tems,” explained Mark R Hen­ning, Pro­gramme Man­ager at Air­bus He­li­copters. “Smaller UAS with ver­ti­cal take-off and land­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties can, for ex­am­ple, fly around (such) ob­sta­cles as trees or build­ings closer than a heli­copter could. They are able to ex­plore un­known ter­ri­tory and de­liver in­for­ma­tion to the heli­copter crew which is op­er­at­ing from a safe po­si­tion and which can then step in with the heli­copter’s su­pe­rior ef­fects, hav­ing re­ceived a clear picture from the UAS.

“Our air­borne MUM-T man­age­ment system will be­come a highly at­trac­tive fea­ture for our en­tire prod­uct range in­clud­ing the NH90, NFH and Tiger, to­gether with the H145, as it adds an ex­tremely valu­able op­er­a­tional ca­pa­bil­ity. The MUM-T ca­pa­bil­ity can be im­ple­mented in any kind of heli­copter and can in­ter­act with all types of un­manned sys­tems, in par­tic­u­lar Air­bus He­li­copters’ new VSR 700 UAS. The next step will be to op­ti­mise the hu­man-ma­chine in­ter­face.”

MUM-T test for Air­bus and Siebel

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