Military Embedded Systems

Skyborg autonomy core system tested aboard UAV


May 07, 2021

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

Skyborg autonomy core system tested aboard UAV
U.S. Air Force photo.

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. The Skyborg leadership team announced that it conducted a flight test of the Skyborg autonomy core system (ACS) aboard a Kratos UTAP-22 tactical unmanned vehicle at Tyndall AFB, Florida.

Termed Milestone 1 of the Autonomous Attritable Aircraft Experimentation (AAAx) campaign, officials claim the ACS performed a series of foundational behaviors necessary to characterize safe system operation. 

The team claims that the ACS demonstrated basic aviation capabilities and responded to navigational commands, while reacting to geo-fences, adhering to aircraft flight envelopes, and demonstrating coordinated maneuvering. It was monitored from both airborne and ground command and control stations.

Milestone 1 is the first step in testing the ACS and begins a sequence of experimentation events planned over the next several months and was the first time an active autonomy capability was demonstrated on an Air Force test range, and is a first step to integrating these aircraft into a complex operational environment, according to officials.

Follow on events will demonstrate direct manned-unmanned teaming between manned aircraft and multiple ACS-controlled unmanned aircraft.

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