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Industry first – Rockwell Collins and DARPA demonstrate UAV aerobatics on a fixed trajectory

As part of its ongoing damage tolerance research contract with the Defense Advance Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Rockwell Collins has demonstrated the first unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to fly aerobatics with position tracking.

"This all-attitude control technology supplies UAVs with damage tolerance and the ability to fight – through evasive maneuvers – and to counter threats such as missiles," said Dave Vos, senior director of Rockwell Collins Control Technologies and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). "This technology will also enable UAVs to fly at low altitude, in urban environments and even in confined places such as inside buildings and caves."

Vos said the technology is now set to be ported to an operational UAV. He indicated that while others have flown aerobatics of autonomous UAVs, the most recent DARPA test was the first UAV to fly aerobatics with position tracking with a fixed aerobatic trajectory in space.

This demonstration is part of the third phase of a damage tolerance contract awarded to Rockwell Collins. To view a video of the demonstration, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4b3hgG3jCk.

Press release issued by Rockwell Collins Inc. on August 24, 2010


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