Aurora wins DARPA TERN program contract award

  • 24-Oct-2013 01:47 EDT
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Shown as an artist’s concept, the Tactically Exploited Reconnaissance Node (TERN) envisions using smaller ships as mobile launch and recovery sites for medium-altitude long-endurance fixed-wing UAVs.

The Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency (DARPA) awarded Aurora Flight Sciences a $2.8 million contract for the Tactically Exploited Reconnaissance Node (TERN) program. The objective of the DAPRA TERN program is to design, develop, and demonstrate a medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aircraft system (UAS) and related technologies to enable future launch, recovery, and operations from a wide range of existing U.S. Navy ships. Aurora would design a deployable UAS capable of launch and recovery from small naval ships. Leveraging autonomous flight control technology originally developed for Aurora’s Orion UAS and Centaur Optionally Piloted Aircraft, Aurora would take a systems level approach to address the challenges of capture dispersion, capture load management, and ship-board integration with a minimal onboard footprint.

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