Air Platforms

US ARL develops tiny UAS with an eye on intelligent perception

20 July 2017

Key Points

  • The US Army Research Lab has developed a tiny UAS tilt-rotor prototype with the eye on autonomy
  • The goal is to have the vehicle perform ISR missions low to the ground

The US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) has developed a prototype of a tiny tiltrotor unmanned aircraft system (UAS) weighing roughly 2/3 lb (300 g) with a long-term goal of intelligent perception.

Stephen Nogar, a post-doctoral researcher with ARL’s vehicle technology directorate, told Jane’s in a 19 July interview the goal is to have a handheld-sized UAS fly low to the ground and perform intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions without a soldier physically commanding the aircraft.

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