Robot lands a 737 by hand, on a dare from DARPA • The Register

An outfit called Aurora Flight Sciences is trumpeting the fact that one of its robots has successfully landed a simulated Boeing 737. Robots – or at least auto-landing systems – land planes all the time and have done so for decades.

Aurora’s excitement is justified by the fact its robot sits in the co-pilot’s seat and used various protuberances to wield the simulator’s physical controls. Which is just what DARPA wants to see under its Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) program.

The idea behind ALIAS is that military air crew can often find themselves with a lot to do under very stressful circumstances, but that automating their jobs with software and avionics is going to be very costly and time-consuming. Military craft are also likely to find themselves heading for destinations that lack ground-based augmentation systems.

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Mike Rawson

Mike Rawson has recently re-awoken a long-standing interest in robots and our automated future. He lives in London with a single android - a temperamental vacuum cleaner - but is looking forward to getting more cyborgs soon.

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