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DARPA’s AI-piloted F-16 completes first flight testing program

DARPA’s AI-piloted F-16 completes first flight testing program

– The US Air Force is prepared to fly pilot-less aircraft in the upcoming year’s thanks to DARPA’s development of the newest artificial intelligence technology that will aid in operations.

-In less than three years, algorithms for artificial intelligence (AI) created as part of DARPA’s Air Combat Evolution (ACE) program have advanced from commanding virtual F-16s engaged in aerial dogfights on computer screens to commanding a real F-16 in flight.

-The F-16 was updated and converted to a brand-new design that became known as the X-62A Variable In-flight Simulation Test Aircraft, or VISTA. An AI agent recently piloted it for more than 17 hours, marking the first time AI had operated a tactical aircraft.

-The first autonomous Black hawk helicopter demonstration flight was carried out by the US army last October. It was able to operate the unmanned Black Hawk chopper on its own and was safe and reliable for performing rescue missions as well as internal and external cargo replenishment flights. This technology, in particular, may be used in contested or limited visibility settings, giving Army commanders and aviators more options in how and when to use aircraft and pilots.

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In an effort to significantly increase the efficiency and safety of rotary and fixed-wing aircraft, Sikorsky and DARPA are collaborating to develop autonomy technology. Aircrew Labor In-cockpit Automation System, a DARPA project, is built around Sikorsky’s autonomy system, also known as MATRIX™ technology.

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-The Air Force Test Pilot School (TPS) at Edwards Air Force Base in California is where the F-16 flew numerous times over the course of several days, as per DARPA. According to a US military research organization, the flights successfully showed that AI agents can manage a full-scale fighter jet and offer live-flight data.

The ACE AI flights were part of a successful broader test event including DARPA, TPS, and the Air Force Research Laboratory, enabling multiple Defense Department organizations to work closely together with AI development contractors toward shared objectives.

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-DARPA performers EpiSci, PhysicsAI, Shield AI, and the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory flew different F-16 AI algorithms on the X-62A. The aircraft, a highly modified two-seat F-16, can be programmed to demonstrate the flight-handling characteristics of a variety of different aircraft types. VISTA was upgraded recently with the System for Autonomous Control of Simulation (SACS), making the aircraft a perfect platform to test ACE’s autonomous F-16 AI agents.

-The two-seat L-29 jets at OPL are outfitted with sensors in the cockpit to measure pilot physiological responses, giving researchers clues as to whether the pilot is trusting the AI or not. The TPS recently hosted an ACE Trust Capstone event in late January 2023 using simulators to gauge pilot-agent alignment with follow-on trust-calibration flights in the X-62A planned for later this year.

 

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Boeing 777-9 Begins Certification Flight Testing with FAA Onboard

Boeing 777-9 Begins Certification Flight Testing with FAA Onboard

The 777-9 has commenced certification flight testing at Boeing Field in Seattle. This is a crucial step under the supervision of our regulator to certify the airplane and deliver it to customers worldwide.

Amidst Boeing’s current challenges, the B777X stands out as a project that could revitalize the brand. It is highly anticipated, and Boeing is keen to clear FAA certifications to release it as soon as possible.

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The aircraft is two years behind its initial commitment date. During this time, the company has rigorously tested it under various conditions to ensure its readiness for commercial service.

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Boeing has announced that the 777X will be used for both passenger and freighter services, depending on customer requirements.

Boeing’s 777X program has achieved a major milestone with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) granting approval to begin certification flight tests, marking a significant step towards the aircraft’s entry into commercial service.

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The European Union granted approval for this merger in February, and Korean Air anticipates U.S. regulatory approval by the end of October.

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Following Airbus’ breakthrough with Korean Air, Reuters reported in April that Korean Air was considering a new Boeing order focused on the 777X, an advanced version of the 777 mini-jumbo.

Boeing 777-9 First certification

The first certification flight test of the 777-9 took place on Friday evening, with FAA personnel onboard alongside Boeing’s pilots and flight test team.

According to The Seattle Times, the aircraft departed from Boeing Field shortly after 6 p.m. and landed nearly two hours later after flying along the Washington and Oregon coast.

The 777X, an upgraded version of the successful 777 twinjet, features new engines and carbon composite wings with folding wingtips to accommodate standard airport gates.

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The first variant, the 777-9X, is designed to carry 426 passengers in a two-class configuration for long-haul international flights.

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Boeing B777x total orders

Boeing has secured 481 orders for the aircraft, with Emirates being the largest customer, having ordered over 200 units. The planemaker has already built and stored 22 777X jets, with an additional six in various stages of assembly in Everett, Washington.

Boeing is close to finalizing a significant deal to sell approximately two dozen 777X jets to Korean Air, with an estimated value ranging from $4 billion to $6 billion, as reported by Reuters.

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Industry sources suggest that the agreement could be concluded as early as the Farnborough Airshow in July. Korean Air, South Korea’s largest airline, has been in discussions about returning to Boeing for its long-haul aircraft needs.

The Boeing 777X vs A350 is one of the most popular comparisons among aircraft as of now. The Airbus A350 has been operating for more than eight years, and its promising performance helps airlines in terms of efficiency and customer satisfaction, particularly in noise and vibrations.

The next generation Boeing 777X can fulfill the same requirements, with 777x first delivery given to Emirates Airlines, the launch customer for this aircraft. It remains to be seen how the Boeing 777X vs Airbus A350 will compete against each other in the future.

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