Air Force a Step Closer to Automated Aircraft

Air Force partner Reliable Robotics releases report examining the applicability of its remote operating system to large-scale aircraft

Scarlett Evans, Assistant Editor, IoT World Today

October 9, 2023

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Reliable Robotics advances autonomy solution for U.S. Air Force large aircraft automation study
Reliable Robotics

Reliable Robotics has made what it says is “significant progress” toward an automation solution for the Air Force, enabling remote operation throughout an aircraft’s taxi, flight and landing. 

As part of an Air Force-funded contract to examine large aircraft automation, Reliable Robotics conducted several tests investigating the applicability of its Remotely Operated Aircraft System (ROAS) in large-scale aircraft.

According to Reliable Robotics, remote operation of large aircraft will enable more frequent aircraft deployment and longer flights “unimpeded by crew repositioning logistics.”

Reliable Robotics’ study found  three positive findings related to adapting the system for large U.S. Air Force aircraft.

The first was that ROAS can be deployed and upgraded on existing aircraft without requiring any major adjustments. The second was that large, remotely-operated military aircraft can see efficiency improvements and operational flexibility “equivalent to commercial operations” without having to manufacture new aircraft.

Finally, the report said the system can achieve the required levels of system reliability stipulated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). 

“At Reliable Robotics, we are obsessed with enabling previously unimaginable capabilities for the U.S. Air Force through autonomy,” said David O’Brien, Reliable Robotics’ senior vice president of government solutions. “Automating existing inventory at fractional costs will provide commanders unprecedented flexibility and safety in meeting acute operational demands with the smallest deployed human footprint.”

Reliable Robotics’ certification plan for ROAS was formally accepted by the FAA earlier this year.

About the Author(s)

Scarlett Evans

Assistant Editor, IoT World Today

Scarlett Evans is the assistant editor for IoT World Today, with a particular focus on robotics and smart city technologies. Scarlett has previous experience in minerals and resources with Mine Australia, Mine Technology and Power Technology. She joined Informa in April 2022.

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