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3 April 2008 Bringing UAVs to the fight: recent army autonomy research and a vision for the future
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The Unmanned Autonomous Collaborative Operations (UACO) program was initiated in recognition of the high operational burden associated with utilizing unmanned systems by both mounted and dismounted, ground and airborne warfighters. The program was previously introduced at the 62nd Annual Forum of the American Helicopter Society in May of 20061. This paper presents the three technical approaches taken and results obtained in UACO. All three approaches were validated extensively in contractor simulations, two were validated in government simulation, one was flight tested outside the UACO program, and one was flight tested in Part 2 of UACO. Results and recommendations are discussed regarding diverse areas such as user training and human-machine interface, workload distribution, UAV flight safety, data link bandwidth, user interface constructs, adaptive algorithms, air vehicle system integration, and target recognition. Finally, a vision for UAV As A Wingman is presented.
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Jay Moorthy, Raymond Higgins, and Keith Arthur "Bringing UAVs to the fight: recent army autonomy research and a vision for the future", Proc. SPIE 6981, Defense Transformation and Net-Centric Systems 2008, 69810D (3 April 2008);

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