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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Infotech @ Aerospace Conference and Boeing AIAA Chapter Join at Prologue Room

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As part AIAA Infotech@Aerospace2011 conference is currently being held in St. Louis, Boeing hosted conference attendees and local AIAA members at the Prologue Room March 30.  After a self guided tour, Eric Mathewson, Col. USAF (Ret) and Director of Unmanned Aircraft Systems Strategy for Boeing gave a presentation entitled, "Boeing's Vision for Unmanned Aircraft Systems."  Several themes quickly emerged:

There is continuity between manned and unmanned systems;

A compelling efficiency can be obtained through the conscious application of automated technologies (vehicles are mission-centric, not man-centric);

Automated Aircraft Systems are best developed through cooperation between industry, government and academia;

Unmanned Automated Systems are the game-changer that will transform the structures of the Department of Defense;

The risk of autonomy can be overcome through overcoming the fear of change, establishing ethical codes of conduct and gaining trust in the reliability of automated systems.

UPDATE: Phantom Ray taxi test up to 90mph were completed at Edwards AFB.

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