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The new autopilot first landed the plane in a fully autonomous mode (video)

Autopilots are designed to improve flight safety, allowing to reduce the load on the pilot and eliminate potential errors. Technical difficulties arise in the development of autopilots, whose duties include landing aircraft on the ground. Engineers from the Technical Institute of Munich have proposed an original autopilot algorithm that uses visual control of landing from the aircraft. The new technique allows landing without the help of a person on virtually any aerodromes. Currently, the Instrument Landing System beaconing system requires special equipment to be placed on the runways, and ground control personnel additionally control the landing. The innovative C2Land system does not depend on the expensive modern equipment of the airport and is fully installed on an airplane. The dimensions of the autopilot are small, which will allow equipping not only airliners, but also small airplanes with this system. The principle of operation of C2Land is based on the integration of traditional GPS positioning and a machine vision system based on two video cameras: standard and infrared, designed for landing in poor visibility. tests on the 2-seater training vessel Diamond DA42 were successful, and C2Land was able to \a lot of mode.

Sam Richards

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