TUM achieves first fully-automatic landing with vision assisted navigation

Automatic landing systems using radio guidance have been a feature of commercial airliners for decades, but there's never been a heart-in-your-mouth touchdown quite like this, writes Peter Dockrill for ScienceAlert.com.

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MUNICH, Germany - Automatic landing systems using radio guidance have been a feature of commercial airliners for decades, but there's never been a heart-in-your-mouth touchdown quite like this. In an incredible new video, researchers show a test flight in which a small four-seater plane fitted with an experimental optical positioning system successfully nails an entirely automated landing – much to the relief of the test pilot observer sitting in the cockpit (not to mention us watching at home), writes Peter Dockrill for ScienceAlert.com. Continue reading original article

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The Intelligent Aerospace take:

July 8, 2019-Autopilot during takeoff and landings have reduced stress in cockpits for decades, but researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have pulled off a pretty neat achievement: they have landed a small aircraft without any ground-based antennas to facilitate the maneuver. Three papers have been published about the technology, which utilizes a computer vision system to recognize runways and can put the aircraft down on the tarmac with zero input from the pilot(s).


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Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor
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