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Aurora to Develop Unmanned Cargo Delivery Aircraft

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Pentagon Contract Announcement

(Source: US Department of Defence; issued Nov 13, 2015)


Aurora Flight Sciences, Manassas, Virginia, is being awarded $11,146,376 for cost-plus-fixed-fee modification P00018 under previously awarded contract N00014-12-C-0671 for the Autonomous Aerial Cargo I Utility System (AACUS) program.

The Office of Naval Research funded the AACUS program which is an innovative Naval prototype pursuing significant advances in the state of the art in rotorcraft autonomy.

Design requirement proposed for AACUS UI-1-1 development are derived specifically to support AACUS flight testing during the program.

The primary purpose of AACUS is to enable unmanned Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) rapid response cargo delivery to widely separated small units in demanding and unpredictable conditions that pose unacceptable risks to both ground resupply personnel and aircrew.

The focus of the program is advanced perception systems, supervisory control interfaces, and 1igher level mission management. AACUS expands the capability of VTOL platforms providing a wide applicability across a range of manned and unmanned platforms.

Migration of developmental AACUS flight testing to a UI-I-1 platform demonstrates the applicability of AACUS on a prolific utility platform.

Work will be performed in Manassas, Virginia, and is expected to be completed Feb. 28, 2017. Fiscal 2016, research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of $3,000,000 are being obligated at this time. No funds will expire at end of current fiscal year.

The Office of Naval Research, Arlington, Virginia, is the contracting activity.

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