July 23, 2017
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Sikorsky awarded DARPA contract
Sikorsky has won the contract for Phase 3 of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) program. DARPA’s ALIAS program is leveraging advances in autonomy to reduce pilot workload, augment mission performance, and improve aircraft safety and reliability. DARPA is working with Sikorsky to improve and expand the capabilities developed through a tailorable autonomy kit for installation in both fixed wing airplanes and helicopters. After completion of the first two phases of the program, Sikorsky successfully integrated its Matrix Technology into Sikorsky’s Autonomy Research Aircraft (SARA) and also on a Cessna Caravan. Through the DARPA ALIAS program, Sikorsky is developing systems intelligence that will give operators the confidence to fly aircraft safely, reliably and affordably in optimally piloted modes enabling flight with two, one or zero crew. The program will improve operator decision aiding for manned operations while also enabling unmanned operations.