A Marine Corps Bell UH-1Y Venom lands using the Autonomous Aerial Cargo Utility System (AACUS) at Urban Training Center Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, December 2017. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Marine Corps
Aurora's unmanned system on a UH-1H successfully completed a cargo resupply missions to the U.S. Marines in the Integrated Training Exercise last week at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms in California.
The Autonomous Aerial Cargo Utility System (AACUS), completed its first closed loop mission to delivery actual cargo to the Marines. The cargo consisted of 520 pounds of water, gasoline, MREs and replacement communications gear, according to an Aurora press release.
Aurora describes AACUS as a software and sensor package to autonomously operate in rotary-wing aircraft in and out of austere landing areas.
“Aurora is building autonomous systems that will enable tomorrow’s intelligent aircraft,” said John Langford, Aurora’s founder and CEO. “Whether it’s protecting Marines in combat or providing accessible urban transportation, autonomy is the key to the future of aerospace.”