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21ST CENTURY SYSTEMS, INC.
6825 Pine Street, Suite 141, Omaha, NE, 68106
AbstractMulti-UAV supervisory control and UAVs operating along side of manned operations in the terminal approach area will not occur until improvements are made in UAV mission management. Indeed, the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board indicated that significant advancements needed to be made in the realm of mission management, vehicle autonomy, and human-computer interfaces. 21st Century Systems, Incorporated is pleased to propose to research and develop our concept called Otto. Otto applies innovative research and techniques in order to yield a visual-based navigation capability for station keeping and approach to landing. Our concept uses video input to guide an unmanned aircraft through an approach pattern and provide a constant-glideslope descent to the touchdown point. It requires no powered equipment on the ground and works with any existing UAV that has a camera capable of facing forward on approach. No changes are required on the aircraft as the Otto concept is a software upgrade required in the Ground Control Station only. This advancement in mission management technology is a visual navigation capability that will allow a UAV to autonomously maintain position while the operator stays "on-the-loop" with his/her "head out of the cockpit" and will improve UAV responsiveness in the terminal area.
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