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Misplaced Wings No Sweat For DARPA's New FCS  
User currently offlineTGIF From Sweden, joined Apr 2008, 278 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 4820 times:

Rockwell Collins shows off Athena's Damage Tolerance and Autonomous Landing Solution on a DARPA sponsored scaled F/A-18 model. The plane looses 60% of the right part of the wing but manages to fly and land autonomously using INS and GPS. Rockwell Collins says the system will be able to assist pilots in emergency situations.

Article found here and a cool video of the event can be seen here.

The system looks awsome and hopefully it will save pilot lives in the future.

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User currently offlineN328KF From United States of America, joined May 2004, 6618 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 4806 times:

Too late, the F-15's been flying home with 100% of the right wing missing.  Wink

When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer 'Present' or 'Not guilty.' T.Roosevelt
User currently offlineMDorBust From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 4790 times:

I'll be impressed when it also compensates for loss of hydros, fire, fuel leaks and metal tearing. Combat damage isn't exactly a panel breaking lose at a pre-determined point.

User currently offlineBlackbird From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 4571 times:


LOL, Good point.

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