Aerial Cargo/Utility System Gives Helicopters Unmanned Flight Capability

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) demonstrates the Autonomous Aerial Cargo/Utility System (AACUS), which gives helicopters the capability for unmanned flight. AACUS consists of software and sensors that can be applied to a variety of rotary wing aircraft. A key feature of AACUS includes the helicopter autonomously avoiding obstacles while finding and landing at an unprepared landing site in dynamic conditions. The system will provide the U.S. Marine Corps with the ability to rapidly support forces on the front lines, as an alternative to convoys, manned aircraft, or air drops in all weather and possibly hostile conditions - with minimal training required by the requestor. Users can order supplies from their tablets.