Tactical Robotics Demonstrates First Fully Untethered Autonomous AirMule

Published by , November 21, 2016 3:00 am

(Futurism) Israeli firm Tactical Robotics has just demonstrated the first fully untethered autonomous flight of its self-piloting AirMule, an autonomous vertical take off and landing (VTOL) prototype capable of carrying people and supplies. The manufacturers say the UAV will one day be able to land and take off vertically from rough terrain human pilots can’t handle. They envision the drones carrying supplies and soldiers to battlefields and war zones.
The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) uses internal rotor blades and rear horizontal thrust ducted fans to take off. It also has two laser altimeters, a radar altimeter, inertial sensors, and an electro-optic payload camera as sensors to guide its flight decisions.

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