Rockwell Collins awarded DARPA damage tolerance contract

  • 15-May-2009 09:54 EDT
Rockwell Collins has been awarded the third phase of a damage tolerance contract by DARPA. Under the contract, Rockwell Collins will demonstrate completely autonomous takeoff, recovery from extreme damage and failure, and autonomous landing of an unmanned subscale F/A-18. Additional flight tests will be conducted on an operational unmanned aircraft system (UAS). Over 15 months, Rockwell Collins will demonstrate its full damage tolerance and advanced controls capabilities. Flight tests will demonstrate increasing damage to both the subscale F/A-18 and an operational UAS, including the failure of control surfaces and parts of the wing, as well as loss of vertical and horizontal tail surfaces. The flight tests will also include an “engine-out” condition followed by automatic adaptive recovery and emergency auto-land.
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