Lockheed Martin-led team to develop new autonomous technology

  • 09-Oct-2012 05:10 EDT
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Open-Architecture Planning and Trajectory Intelligence for Managing Unmanned Systems (OPTIMUS) is designed to be platform-agnostic, drawing from Lockheed Martin's experience with the unmanned K-MAX (shown) cargo resupply program and the combined teams' expertise in the fields of sensing, autonomy, and human-machine interaction.

The Office of Naval Research awarded a $13.5 million contract to an industry team led by Lockheed Martin to explore highly advanced autonomous technologies aboard an unmanned vertical take-off and landing aircraft. Under the contract, Lockheed Martin and a team of industry, government, and academic partners will develop a technology that will enable aircraft to operate under supervisory control. A human operator will interact with the system at a high level while low-level control is left to the automation. During this first, 18-month phase of the five-year effort, the team will demonstrate the capabilities of its Open-Architecture Planning and Trajectory Intelligence for Managing Unmanned Systems (OPTIMUS) architecture.

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