Thursday, July 11, 2013

One small step for aviation, one giant leap for SkyNet

Well, it has happened. The X-47B, an aircraft testing the technology behind an unmanned, stealthy naval fighter, landed all by itself on an aircraft carrier on Wednesday:

As I have written before, this is a big deal. Landing on an aircraft carrier with a human pilot is hard enough. Doing so without the benefit of an actual brain is even more challenging... although, as you can see above, ultimately it's just an engineering exercise.

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