The Marines? Plywood Supply Drone Is Undergoing Flight Tests

A wooden aircraft is flying the California skies, but this is no spruce goose. LG-1K, developed by Logistic Gliders Inc under contract with DARPA and the U.S. Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory, is meant to be a very low-cost drone capable of being released from fixed-wing aircraft or helicopter. The plywood and aluminum drone is 10.4 feet long with a 23-foot wingspan. The LG-1K can carry up to 700 lb.s of supplies. It’s now flown twelve missions demonstrating its ability to glide?in some cases autonomously?to a landing zone with GPS precision.


U.S. Army Flight Tests Optionally Piloted Helicopter

The U.S. Army has flight-tested the Sikorsky Autonomy Research Aircraft (SARA), a Sikorsky S-76B modified as an optionally piloted vehicle (OPV) demonstrator. This marked the first time that non-Sikorsky pilots had operated the SARA as an OPV aircraft. For the Army?s mission software flight demonstration, the SARA aircraft was controlled from the ground?and was also “flown” by onboard pilots using a tablet and mouse-like inceptor.?The flights were undertaken as part of a collaboration between the U.S. Army?s Aviation Development Directorate, Sikorsky, and DARPA (the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency).