Researchers from the Technische Universität München were able to successfully land an autonomous aircraft. The project is relatively new and has already found some degree of success. During a test, the aircraft was able to find the runway form an extended distance and land. The landing was able to be done without the pilot touching the controls at all. This program gives a promising look into the future of autonomous flight.
The autonomous aircraft system implements both computer vision as well as GPS to bring the aircraft safely to the ground. GPS is used to navigate the plane, which implements visible light and infrared cameras to find the runway and get the planes own position in the air. Once that is known, the aircraft can calculate its own glide path and then land itself.
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