DARPA is still developing Project Gremlins, which appears to be close to taking over Drones While flying.
And theShe said The agency said it was just a few steps away from success during the last round of test flights.
The series of flight tests began in late October, with the most recent taking place earlier this month, and according to officials, the plane was inches away from recovering the Gremlins drone in flight.
The project includes three X-61A Gremlins drones and a C-130, which, DARPA notes, attempted to recover the drones with the extended arm, but the unexpected dynamic movement foiled the attempt.
Each X-61A Gremlins flew more than two hours on the third series of test flights to validate the various systems, including safety features and autonomous flight technology.
DARPA made nine attempts to capture X-61A Gremlins using the extended arm of the C-130, but none were successful.
Relative motion was more dynamic than expected, the agency said, and the X-61A Gremlins landed safely on the ground.
Scott Wierzbanowski, Gremlins Program Director at DARPA’s Office of Tactical Technology, said in statementA: Our systems all looked good during the ground tests, but the flight test is where it determines how things work.
The agency says: It is analyzing the data obtained from the flights and working on the updated designs and models, andShe plans to take a fourth round of auditions in the spring.
The Gremlins project aims to launch and recover four autonomous aircraft within 30 minutes.
DARPA, which has been working on the program for several years, believes that the ability to carry out such operations greatly increases the potential uses of autonomous air vehicles in conflict situations.
And given the X-61A Gremlins autonomous reusable aircraft, they save military money after they are put into service.
DARPA expects that the autonomous aircraft will be able to fly 20 times before it is replaced, and can be equipped after it is recovered to perform another mission. After 24 hours.
DARPA’s Gremlins project, investigating airborne retrieval of unmanned air vehicles, “came within inches” of grabbing the drones in its third flight test. Progress made inspires confidence in the next attempt, which is slated for spring of 2021. https://t.co/YoDnpsvVR9 pic.twitter.com/F27Bivmg42
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