ASTRAEA – November Update (2008)

Parc Aberporth, West Wales: The old RAF station here is now a technology park dedicated to UAV (Unmanned Air Vehicle) development and testing. As such, it has hosted ASTRAEA (Autonomous Systems Technology Related Airborne Evaluation & Assessment) meetings in the past and was the appropriate site for the final ASTRAEA Stage One demonstrations to the UK government.

Between 20th and 24th of October, Andrew Lucas (CEO), Alex Yngling (Senior Systems Architect) and Neal Karlsen (Project Manager) demonstrated a JACK-based autonomous system as part of a larger coordinated presentation that included QinetiQ, BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, Thales, Flight Refuelling and EADS.

The AOS contribution demonstrated how autonomous vehicles can reason about failures and thereby circumvent emergencies. Two scenarios were tested:

  • a UAV engine failure on take-off, and
  • the failure of its pitot heating system in icing conditions.

The JACK-based autonomous system resolved both failures perfectly in front of an audience of military and government dignitaries.

Also on the 22nd, AOS CEO Andrew Lucas addressed the RAeS (Royal Aeronautical Society) UAS Conference in London on the progress being made by the ASTRAEA project toward its goal of integrating UAS (Unmanned Autonomous System) into UK national airspace.

At this writing, ASTRAEA Stage Two remains on-track to commence early in 2009.  AOS looks forward to advancing its partnering role as provider of autonomous capabilities with our established JACK® software tools and C-BDI™, our safety critical decision-making platform.  

For more background on ASTRAEA and AOS participation, please see http://www.projectastraea.co.uk

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