December 12 - 14, 2011, Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel, Baltimore, MD
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Manned and unmanned rotorcraft platforms are planned to have an increased co-operation and teaming in missions, thus leading to an increase in costs and personnel requirments. This has led to an increase in concerns of how both manned and unmanned rotorcrafts will be able to keep up with each other’s mission requirments and tempo and be mission ready at all times without increasing the demand for resources. In this in depth focus session the use of automation in helicopters will be discussed and will cover how automation makes helicopters increase their efficiency and survivability and how it makes the manned and unmanned rotorctaft teaming possible, while maintaining costs, required personnel and maintenance low.
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Senior Optical Engineers
Advanced Optical Systems
Vertical lift platforms in the 21st century are being asked to perform a wide variety of challenging missions. Current performance (range, speed, altitude and payload) must be substantially improved to meet these demands. In addition, survivability via reduced noise signature, enhanced maneuverability, and crashworthy airframe systems is of great interest to the user community. This briefing will describe the latest efforts improving aeromechanics and future designs that will all add together to an increased performance and adaptability for future roles and missions in the ever changing combat spectrum.
Dr. Inderjit Chopra
Aerospace Engineering and Research Department
University of Maryland
Piloting cargo helicopters is a dangerous task, requiring a significant amount of training from pilots and ground crew. Through the years and conflicts, some challenges encountered with the current cargo helicopters include their size, the low speed when loaded, stabilization of cargo while in flight, dangerous attachment and detachment of the load, flight through low visibility conditions, and high risk areas, endangering the crew. The focus of this workshop is to provide a new approach to cargo helicopter and sling load operations through the use of autonomous systems developed to identify loads, even in degraded visual environments, sling load them automatically and deliver it to a precise location without endangering the air or ground crew.
Mr. James McCoy, USN
Deputy Program Manager
Autonomous Aerial Utility Cargo System
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