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Misplaced Wings No Sweat For DARPA's New FCS

Thu Jun 12, 2008 7:08 pm

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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RE: Misplaced Wings No Sweat For DARPA's New FCS

Thu Jun 12, 2008 7:42 pm

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

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RE: Misplaced Wings No Sweat For DARPA's New FCS

Thu Jun 12, 2008 8:25 pm

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.
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RE: Misplaced Wings No Sweat For DARPA's New FCS

Tue Jun 17, 2008 11:01 pm


LOL, Good point.

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