Military Embedded Systems

CODE autonomy engine installed and demoed on Avenger UAS

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December 08, 2020

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

GA-ASI image.

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) conducted an autonomous flight using a government-supplied Collaborative Operations in Denied Environment (CODE) autonomy engine to support air-to-air targeting missions. The CODE autonomy engine was installed on a GA-ASI Avenger Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS).

According to the company, the CODE autonomy engine was implemented to further understand cognitive Artificial Intelligence (AI) processing on larger UAS platforms, such as Avenger.

Using a network-enabled Tactical Targeting Network Technology (TTNT) radio for mesh network mission communications, GA-ASI claims it was able to show integration of emerging Advanced Tactical Data Links (ATDL) and separation between flight and mission critical systems.

As part of the autonomous flight, the CODE autonomy software controlled the maneuvering of the Avenger UAS for over two hours without traditional pilot input. GA-ASI furthered the development of the CODE software by adding behavioral functions for a coordinated air-to-air search with up to six aircraft. 

The open architecture of the CODE software is intended to enable communications between the aircraft, the CODE software, and the autopilot.