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German Scientists Pull Off Autonomous Aircraft Landing

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The software highlights the aircraft's landing path.

Researchers at Technical University of Munich in Germany have developed an automated Instrument Landing System.

Credit: TUM

Today, many commercial planes and other large jets rely on an Instrument Landing System (ILS), which uses radio signals and on-board autopilot programs to guide landing aircraft on their final approach.

C2Land, developed by researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in Germany, is similar to ILS, but does not require any ground-based antennas.

The C2Land system uses GPS for flight control, in conjunction with a computer vision-augmented navigation system for landing.

The technology uses an optical positioning system at altitudes below 200 feet and on the ground after touchdown, as an additional source of positioning information.

Said TUM flight system dynamics researcher Martin Kügler, "Automatic landing is essential, especially in the context of the future role of aviation."

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