Autonomous fixed-wing flight may sound familiar, but there is a big difference between designing a hybrid or remote control drone from scratch and building a system that can fly almost any fixed-wing aircraft.
The company plans to become the first autonomous flight system for large fixed-wing aircraft, certified by the necessary government entities as in full compliance with aviation regulations.
To design these systems, then, the company’s researchers use data generated by human pilots to build flight simulations to test their artificial intelligence systems.
The company was working with government and civil partners to develop and implement the technology. He has also stated that this technology could have applications in many other fields, including military transportation, agriculture, and fire fighting.
Meanwhile, Merlin Labs is already operating its first King Air autonomously and has 55 more on the way for what will become the world’s first fleet of fully autonomous fixed-wing aircraft.