AI Just “Landed” a Boeing 737 for the First Time By Itself
An AI-driven robot has successfully flown and landed a simulated Boeing 737 for the first time.
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The U.S. military believe automated aircraft may improve mission safety and success rates, and their Defense Advanced Research Agency, or DARPA, has just announced the successful simulated flight and landing of a Boeing 737 by an AI-driven robot co-pilot named ALIAS. “ALIAS" is an acronym for “Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System."
DARPA hopes ALIAS can eventually be trusted with the “execution of an entire mission from takeoff to landing, even in the face of contingency events such as aircraft system failures."
ALIAS was built for DARPA by Aurora Flight Sciences, “a leader in the development and manufacturing of advanced unmanned systems and aerospace vehicles," according to their website. It goes far beyond existing autopilot systems that are limited to assisting a human pilot in flying a plane in-between the critical takeoff and landing phases.
ALIAS has, broadly speaking, three components:
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ALIAS has previously been tested in a real Cessna Caravan.
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ALIAS has also flown a Diamond DA42 light aircraft and a Bell UH-1 helicopter.
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