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Lockheed Team Developing UAV Control Tech for Navy Research; Roger Il Grande Comments

Lockheed Team Developing UAV Control Tech for Navy Research; Roger Il Grande Comments - top government contractors - best government contracting eventA Lockheed Martin-led team has won an 18-month contract from the U.S. Navy's Office of Naval Research to develop autonomous technology for unmanned aircraft, the company announced Tuesday.

The team will explore autonomous technologies aboard an unmanned vertical take-off and landing aircraft with the goal of giving a human operator supervisory control at a high level, including an automated low level control.

Some of the “technology has already been demonstrated on K-MAX for the Army's Autonomous Technologies for Unmanned Air System program, and is now deployed with the Marine Corps on the aircraft in Afghanistan,” Roger Il Grande, director of airborne systems for Lockheed’s mission systems and sensors business.

During the first phase of the contract, the team will demonstrate its Open-Architecture Planning and Trajectory Intelligence for Managing Unmanned Systems
system, designed to be platform-agnostic and using previous work in sensing, autonomy and human-machine interaction.

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