AFWERX Autonomy Prime Partners Demonstrate Autonomous Flight Capabilities, Make History at AGILE FLAG

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AFWERX Autonomy Prime partners demonstrate autonomous flight capabilities, make history at AGILE FLAG
Airmen load weather equipment into Xwing's autonomous Cessna 208B Grand Caravan during AGILE FLAG 24-1 at McClellan Airfield in Sacramento, California, Jan. 27, 2024. The cargo was delivered to March Air Reserve Base, California, and was the second autonomous logistics mission during an Air Force exercise. Xwing's autonomous flight technology allows its aircraft to taxi, takeoff, fly to a destination, avoid airborne and ground threats, and land, without any human input. AFWERX has awarded Xwing two Small Business Innovation Research contracts, a Phase Two in March 2023 and a Phase Three in December 2023, to demonstrate the capability in an operationally relevant environment (U.S. Air Force photo by Matthew Clouse).

February 13, 2024 | Originally published by AFRL on February 9, 2024

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AFRL) – AFWERX Autonomy Prime partner Xwing Inc. made history by flying the first autonomous logistics mission as part of the U.S. Air Force exercise AGILE FLAG 24-1 at McClellan Airfield in Sacramento, California, Jan. 26, 2024. The flight was one of several autonomous demonstrations conducted during the exercise by Autonomy Prime partners Reliable Robotics and Xwing between Jan. 26 and Feb. 1, 2024.

“Agile Flag demonstrations were a success and exercise leadership was supportive in leveraging our autonomous cargo logistics and offered multiple opportunities to support cargo movements between exercise locations, which generated interest from the operational end-users and headquarters personnel,” said Kate Brown, AFWERX Autonomy Prime Deputy Branch Chief. “We’re starting to see a shift in the conversation of how the Department of the Air Force can supplement traditional logistics concepts with autonomous cargo aircraft.”

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