Autonomous Systems

Ground, air, or sea-launched kinetic munitions that utilize onboard sensors, algorithms, and control methods to improve estimates on the target state, understand the implications of the engagement situation/environment, or develop engagement geometries that are otherwise unavailable
to a conventional weapon.

Recent Inquiries

Can a catalogue of modular payload standard-compliant systems be created?

Can a catalogue of modular payload standard-compliant systems be created?

What counter-unmanned aerial system technologies exist against single drones and/or swarms?

What counter-unmanned aerial system technologies exist against single drones and/or swarms?

Vision-Based Terrain Mapping for Aerial Navigation

What are the U.S. Department of Defense efforts on vision-based aerial navigation?

Articles

RACER Speeds Into a Second Phase With Robotic Fleet Expansion and Another Experiment Success

DARPA’s Robotic Autonomy in Complex Environments with Resiliency (RACER) program successfully tested autonomous movement on a new, much larger fleet vehicle – a significant step in scaling up the adaptability and capability of the underlying…

DARPA program manager Dr. Kyle Woerner (right) talks with a member of the Northrop Grumman team while standing atop the Manta Ray vehicle.

Manta Ray UUV Prototype Completes In-Water Testing

The Manta Ray prototype uncrewed underwater vehicle (UUV) built by performer Northrop Grumman completed full-scale, in-water testing off the coast of Southern California in February and March 2024. Testing demonstrated at-sea hydrodynamic performance, including submerged…

The video feed of a drone displayed during a Base Oversight of Autonomous Response demonstration at Travis Air Force Base, California, March 22, 2024. The 60th Mission Support Group hosted the Air Force Research Laboratory as they initiated the testing of the BOAR System on March 16, 2024. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kenneth Abbate)

Specialized Drone Testing Comes to Travis AFB

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE (AFB), Calif. – The 60th Mission Support Group hosted the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) as they initiated the testing of the Base Oversight of Autonomous Response System on March…

Webinars

A U.S. Army AH-64D Apache helicopter

Adapted Risk Assessment for Safety Certification of AI-Enabled Mission Software Applications

As the safety functional authority for fielding materiel solutions, the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command’s Safety Office uses risk management to certify that materiel is safe when used as intended. While risk assessment processes…

Expeditionary Modular Autonomous Vehicle (EMAV) during a training event on Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Applying the Autonomous Ground Vehicle Reference Architecture to MBSE

Utilizing model-based systems engineering (MBSE) is a key enabler for high-quality system design and application of Modular Open Systems Approach principles. The Autonomous Ground Vehicle Reference Architecture (AGVRA) provides metamodels, architectural guidelines, best practices, and…

ARL's Transonic Experimental Facility

ARL Hypervelocity Ballistic Range Experiments

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory’s (ARL’s) Transonic Experimental Facility (TEF) is an all-purpose research firing range that has been used to investigate propulsion, materials, flight, guidance, and terminal effects across a spectrum of launch (mechanical)…

Events

Missile being launched vertically from the back of a military vehicle.

2024 Missile Defense Conference

Produced in partnership the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), the 2024 Missile Defense Conference is a nationally-focused classified annual gathering of prominent policymakers, military leaders, experts, and industry professionals focused on the critical issue of missile…

Two unmanned drones flying close to ground level.

12th Annual Unmanned & Autonomous Systems Summit

DSI’s 12th Annual Unmanned & Autonomous Systems Summit will emphasize the integration of UxS capabilities into the multidomain operating environment as well as their use cases beyond the battlefield in support of the DoD. The…

Unmanned Vehicle, U.S. Army, Tracked Vehicle

AUVSI Defense

The Association for Uncrewed Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) is hosting a two-day event, AUVSI Defense, on February 21-22, 2024 to discuss critical issues related to unmanned technologies, unmanned technology integration, the Replicator program, manufacturing capacities,…