May 17, 2014
Sikorsky Plans First Flight of Autonomous Black Hawk
It’s not Sikorsky’s first foray into rewiring a Black Hawk for pilot-free control. Last year, the company rigged an aircraft to give it limited autonomy, although a pilot on the ground could control it by remote control. That program was known as the Manned/Unmanned Resupply Aerial Lifter.
But the goal of high-level autonomy makes this a greater challenge, and one that draws off the company’s Matrix program, which first ran live, autonomous flight tests on an old S-76 in July.