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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Autonomous Aircraft Landing

I thought this was commonly possible, but I note here it is being done without dependence on ground based antennas, so the plane, as I understand it is completely autonomous.    So will this be in the future of aviation?

German Scientists Pull Off Autonomous Aircraft Landing
Peter Dockrill

Today, many commercial planes and other large jets rely on an Instrument Landing System (ILS), which uses radio signals and on-board autopilot programs to guide landing aircraft on their final approach. C2Land, developed by researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in Germany, is similar to ILS, but does not require any ground-based antennas. The C2Land system uses GPS for flight control, in conjunction with a computer vision-augmented navigation system for landing. The technology uses an optical positioning system at altitudes below 200 feet and on the ground after touchdown, as an additional source of positioning information. Said TUM flight system dynamics researcher Martin K├╝gler, "Automatic landing is essential, especially in the context of the future role of aviation."

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