DARPA awards Sikorsky with Phase 3 of ALIAS programNews
January 12, 2017
STRATFORD, Conn. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded Sikorsky (a Lockheed Martin company) with Phase 3 of the Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) program, a package of hardware, software, and sensors that is aimed at capitalizing on advances in autonomy to reduce pilot workload, augment mission performance, and improve aircraft safety and reliability.
In 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.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Army, and the U.S. Navy have all expressed interest in ALIAS and are providing support to the program. These stakeholders and DARPA intend to continue working closely with government and commercial bodies to identify potential transition opportunities for ALIAS technology.