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Unmanned Air/Ground Vehicles For Autonomous Surveillance

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We have covered plenty of military and futuristic autonomous vehicles here in the past. The latest tests conducted by the the U.S. Army Robotics Technology Consortium employs an unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) and unmanned aerial system (USA) to perform an autonomous reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition. For this test, a Squad Mission Support System (SMSS) acted on the ground while a K-Max unmanned aircraft handled aerial action, carrying the SMSS to an area deemed too risky for human presence. The SMSS was equipped with a Gyrocam and SATCOM. The below video demonstrates how this works:

This level of mission cooperation between unmanned air and ground vehicles of this size, controlled beyond line-of-sight, is an industry first … This demonstration could lead to expanded missions, such as remote sensing and monitoring of suspected chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive threats or events.

explained Joe Zinecker, director of combat maneuver systems at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. You can find out more about this test on Defense Update.

[Source: Defense Update]

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