Moffett Field, Calif. (Sept. 14, 2017) -- Ongoing flight research of autonomous dual lift operations are currently being conducted by the Aviation Development Directorate at Moffett Field. In the photo, two autonomous RMAX helicopters are carrying a single 20 lb payload through a set of hover/low-speed maneuvers.

Planned testing for the remainder of the month includes forward-flight maneuvering in different formations using a mix of trajectory planning and feedback mechanisms for load cable tension balancing. The two RMAX helicopters are an autonomous flight resource developed in-house by ADD and have been used for numerous flight experiments since 2002.


U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center is operationally aligned to the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, and administratively aligned to the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command. This joint alignment established a closely woven research, development, acquisition, and sustainment team to provide increased responsiveness to the nation's Warfighters. AMRDEC has the mission to deliver collaborative and innovative aviation and missile capabilities for responsive and cost-effective research, development and life cycle engineering solutions.