Helicopter-drones for the first time delivered cargo to US Marines
The autonomous air navigation system AACUS (Aurora Flight Service Autonomous Aerial Cargo Utility System) has become more sophisticated: the UH-1H helicopter equipped with it autonomously delivered a military cargo weighing 236 kg (water, gasoline, communications, etc.) to the US Marine Corps Air Combat Aviation Ground Station Twentynine Palms in California.
AACUS is an autonomous flight system capable of turning existing army helicopters into drones. The goal of the project is to provide the US Armed Forces with support in combat areas with minimal danger for the crews participating in this.
The system uses built-in sensors, with which soldiers with a minimum level of training, using a special portable device, will be able to call a helicopter-drones. Arriving in the specified area, he will independently assess the level of safety with the help of airborne sensors and choose the place of landing.