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Autonomy is

the ability to make decisions based on external events and internal goals that lead to different courses of action, even when faced with unexpected events and unknown environments. . . . This ability broadens the usefulness of the machine and extends the period of time it can operate without human intervention.[1]

Overview Edit

"DoD defines unmanned aircraft as 'an aircraft or balloon that does not carry a human operator and is capable of flight under remote control or autonomous programming.' Therefore, when the aircraft is under remote control, it is not autonomous. And when it is autonomous, it is not under remote control. While these two conditions could exist (controlled and uncontrolled), current DoD UAS are remotely operated and capitalize on automation in extreme circumstances, such as a lost link condition, to automatically perform a preprogrammed set of instructions. This distinction is important because our community vernacular often uses the term 'autonomy' to incorrectly describe automated operations."[2]

References Edit

  1. RAS 2020 Robotics and Autonomous Systems, at 7.
  2. Unmanned Systems Integrated Roadmap FY2013-2038, at 15.

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