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Learn to Fly Sikorsky's New Helicopter in Just 45 Minutes

WIRED

With the possible exception of Tom Cruise, learning to fly a helicopter demands months of classroom, simulator, and in-air training. The controls feature all the logic of Bop It: Twist one hand, move the other to the left. Push one foot, then the other. Watch the instruments, but don't forget to look at the horizon. I once spent a full day working with Airbus' top instructors, and by the end couldn't even keep the chopper in level flight.


The first-ever remote-controlled helicopter could be released in 2020 and can travel at 172 MPH

Daily Mail - Science & tech

New technology could transform any military helicopter into a remote-controlled, pilotless war machine. Designed by Sikorsky, the kit combines autonomy software and sensors allowing pilots to man the craft or stay grounded to focus on a mission. The technology is currently being tested on a S-70 Black Hawk, which has shown to top speeds at 172 miles per hour and is set to take its first fully autonomous flight by 2020. The kit combines autonomy software and sensors, giving pilots the option to man the craft or stay grounded to focus on the mission. Sikorsky, a subsidiary of Lockeheed Martin, which specializes in global security and aerospace, aims to make this autonomous technology easily retrofit on any existing aircraft.


Sikorsky's Self-Flying Helicopter Hints at the Flying Future

WIRED

As helicopter flights go, this one was especially boring. We took off, hovered for a bit, and maneuvered around the airport. We flew to a spot about 10 miles away, did some turns and gentle banks, then came back and landed. I've been on more exciting ferris wheels, with views more inspiring than those of rural Connecticut. Still, the flight was impressive for at least one reason: The pilot controlling the 12,000-pound Sikorsky S-76 had never before operated a helicopter.


Self-flying helicopter makes first 30 mile journey in Connecticut

#artificialintelligence

Most people have heard about self-driving cars, with companies from Google to Honda developing autonomous vehicles. But driverless technology could be going beyond cars, with the testing of a self-flying helicopter. A Sikorsky S-76 commercial helicopter has now successfully taken off and flown autonomously 30 miles, before landing itself safely. The helicopter in the trial was the Sikorsky S-76 model which used Sikorsky's MATRIX system The Sikorsky Autonomy Research Aircraft (SARA), used Sikorsky's MATRIX system. This is the same system that is use in the Optionally Piloted Black Hawk (OPBH) Demonstrator.


Self-driving? Try self-FLYING! Autonomous helicopter makes first 30 mile journey in Connecticut

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Most people have heard about self-driving cars, with companies from Google to Honda developing autonomous vehicles. But driverless technology could be going beyond cars, with the testing of a self-flying helicopter. A Sikorsky S-76 commercial helicopter has now successfully taken off and flown autonomously 30 miles, before landing itself safely. The helicopter in the trial was the Sikorsky S-76 model which used Sikorsky's MATRIX system The Sikorsky Autonomy Research Aircraft (SARA), used Sikorsky's MATRIX system. This is the same system that is use in the Optionally Piloted Black Hawk (OPBH) Demonstrator.