TheÂ U.S. ArmyÂ and Charles Stark Draper Laboratory have collaborated toÂ updateÂ and testÂ an autonomous military platformÂ designed to deliver supplies and equipment to U.S. troops who operate in remote or dangerous areas.
Draper said Jan. 12Â it helped the Army’s Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center demonstrate laboratory-builtÂ navigationÂ softwareÂ for the Joint Precision Airdrop System.
The lab designed the softwareÂ to employ imagery meantÂ to guideÂ JPADSÂ toward anÂ intended ground impact point.
The airdrop’s guidance technology used optical sensors and commercial satellite imagery to precisely navigate the parafoil airdrop equipped with military cargoÂ to reachÂ a user-defined location during a flight testÂ held in Arizona.
Chris Bessette, JPADS program manager at Draper, believes the navigation software also has the potential to guide paratroopers and unmanned aircraft systems.