Military Embedded Systems

Collaborative Autonomous Systems Laboratory opened by Boeing


July 05, 2016

Mariana Iriarte

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

ST. CHARLES, Mo. Boeing?s Collaborative Autonomous Systems Laboratory officially opened to focus on developing, maturing, and validating autonomous and multi-vehicle collaboration technologies. Researchers will test next-generation hardware and software of autonomous air, sea, and land vehicles in order to have them work more effectively as a team.

The facility is part of the Boeing Research & Technology-Missouri (BR&T-Missouri) center, an advanced research and development organization that provides technologies enabling the development of future aerospace solutions. Officials state, it will serve as the company's leading location for collaborative autonomous technology development with academic institutions and research partners, including government agencies.

As the center of attention in the lab is an in-door flying test range, an 80,000-cubic-foot motion capture system that allows the facility to simultaneously operate multiple unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) and unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs). Officials say, the range has a projection system for the development and testing of vision-based technologies, which can work with the motion capture system and high-fidelity simulations to support live-virtual testing in realistic simulated scenarios.

St. Charles Mayor, Sally Faith; St. Charles County Executive, Steve Ehlmann; and employees were present with Boeing’s leadership for the ribbon-cutting ceremony and demonstrations of the lab capabilities.

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