Saturday, May 21, 2005

QinetiQ Achieves First Automated Landing of a STOVL Aircraft

Using a technology called Autoland, a experimental Harrier jet landed vertically on the deck of the HMS Invincible. The technology QinetiQ, a British defense company, developed follows on their early work at abstracting the piloting experience using a technology called Unified. The landing achievement paves the way for use of the technology in the Joint Strike Fighter allowing missions in weather conditions that would previously not have been possible.

The company also anticipates that the technology will enable the operation of UAVs from ships. Sounding a little desperate, the company notes that "Humans Still Matter."