A Dynetics-made unmanned aerial vehicle has demonstrated autonomous and manual safety behaviors in a test flight series for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
The event was GAV's third test and it continues the aircraft's progress in performing aerial docking attempts, following the second test that took place in July. GAV has so far performed nine aerial docking attempts.
"Our goal is to advance as far along on our test objectives, collect data and thereby mature the system as much as we can," said Tim Keeter, Dynetics' program manager for Gremlins.
The aircraft also demonstrated ground recovery via a parachute. Keeter said the Gremlins team aims to achieve a safe airborne recovery with a 4-in-30 minute rate.
Dynetics is now preparing four GAV units for upcoming flight tests this year.