Military Embedded Systems

DARPA ALIAS tailored kit promises high levels of automation


March 26, 2015

Mariana Iriarte

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

WASHINGTON. DARPA selected three companies for the Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) contract to test out phase one capabilities. ALIAS looks to have a tailored, drop-in, and removable kit that will enable high levels of automation, resulting in reduced pilot workload, increased mission performance, and improved aircraft safety.

The three companies under contract with DARPA are: Aurora Flight Sciences Corp., Lockheed Martin Corp., and Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. The companies will perform actual ground and flight demonstration from the get-go to develop ALIAS capabilities faster.

Phase 1 of ALIAS will focus on three aspects of the technology: minimizing interface between new automation system and the existing aircraft; aircraft operation knowledge to support ALIAS toolkit; and a human-machine interface that reduces pilot’s constant supervision.


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