Printer Friendly

AEROSPACE TECHNOLOGY CRAFT LANDS AUTOMATICALLY.

Byline: Staff Writer

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems said it had successfully landed its IGNAT unmanned aircraft using a company-developed automatic landing system.

The automatic landing software uses a differential global positioning system which provides an accurate cross section of where the aircraft is in space and in relation to the ground, the company said.

Using this formula, the aircraft descends at a programmed rate to a fixed point on the ground.

The IGNAT - similar to the company's Predator unmanned plane that has served over Afghanistan - made its first automatic landing on Sept. 12, the company said.

In normal operations, pilots in a control station on the ground guide the unmanned aircraft.

Based in San Diego, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems tests and checks its unmanned craft at Gray Butte Field east of Lake Los Angeles.

Future steps in the program include the integration of software which will reflect environmental conditions, automatic roll-out and taxi protocol and other elements.

They will improve the capability to automatically land other Aeronautical Systems unmanned aircraft, including Predator and the larger Predator B aircraft without pilot control.

Automatic take-off is also being developed, the company said.
COPYRIGHT 2002 Daily News
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2002, Gale Group. All rights reserved. Gale Group is a Thomson Corporation Company.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Sep 24, 2002
Words:190
Previous Article:DAILY UPDATE.
Next Article:GLOBAL HAWK PACT GIVEN FIRMS TO MAKE BETTER WING FOR SPY PLANE.


Related Articles
Polar Lander's silence deals NASA a setback.
X-38 SOARS DURING TESTING SPACE STATION LIFEBOAT RUNS OK.
HISTORIC CRAFT COMING TO TOWN ARRIVALS WILL JOIN AEROSPACE FIESTA.
PARAGON WORKERS GET HIGH SIGN FOR THE X-33.
X-33 DESIGN OK'D, PAVING THE WAY FOR ASSEMBLY; CRAFT COULD FLY IN MID-1999.
PALMDALE TO BANKROLL AEROSPACE STUDY FOR AREA PLANT.
AUTUMN AURA PROMPTS PARTY; PALMDALE PREPARES FALL FESTIVAL.
EDWARDS SPACECRAFT ROLE EYED ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEWERS SEE NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT.
Selected Canadian military export contracts reported during 2002.
Small, lethal aerial scouts emerging.

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2018 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters