Skyborg conducted a 2 hour and 10 minute flight test aboard a Kratos UTAP-22 tactical unmanned vehicle at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida.
Termed Milestone 1 of the Autonomous Attritable Aircraft Experimentation, or AAAx, campaign, the ACS performed a series of foundational behaviors necessary to characterize safe system operation.
“The ACS demonstrated basic aviation capabilities and responded to navigational commands, while reacting to geo-fences, adhering to aircraft flight envelopes, and demonstrating coordinated maneuvering. It was monitored from both airborne and ground command and control stations.
The Skyborg Vanguard team is a unique relationship that pairs Brig. Gen. Dale White, program executive officer for fighters and advanced aircraft as the Skyborg PEO, and Brig. Gen. Heather Pringle, Air Force Research Laboratory commander, as the Skyborg technology executive officers. The 96th Test Wing, under the leadership of Brig. Gen. Scott Cain, serves as the executing agent for these test missions.”
Milestone 1 is the first step in testing the ACS and begins a sequence of experimentation events planned over the next several months. Follow-on events will demonstrate direct manned and unmanned teaming between aircraft and multiple ACS-controlled unmanned aircraft.
The aim of the Skyborg programme is to integrate full-mission autonomy with low-cost, attritable unmanned aircraft to enable manned-unmanned teaming.