Saturday, May 3, 2014

Automatic Collision Avoidance Technology (ACAT)

Source: NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center


... flight tests of an Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System (Auto-GCAS) ... adapted ... into a smartphone application that at a minimum could warn the pilot of an impending ground collision, or in an advanced version be tied into an aircraft's autopilot and actually take control of and command evasive maneuvers to recover the aircraft. That developmental software application was installed on a smartphone using the Android operating system linked to a small Piccolo autopilot, and flight-tested on a small Dryden Remotely Operated Integrated Drone, or DROID, aircraft in 2011-2012. The system consistently initiated evasive maneuvers or recoveries when it sensed that the aircraft was in danger of imminent collision with the ground or mountainous terrain.

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