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Robot lands a 737 by hand, on a dare from DARPA

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Building a bot for the co-pilot's seat may be cheaper than adding automation software (www.theregister.co.uk) More...

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lindanitzschke
And if a robot had piloted Flight 232 in '89, probably all passengers would have died before they even reached Sioux Gateway Airport in Sioux City, Iowa.
bbabis
Bill Babis 1
I'm no fan of robots, but to keep the ifs in perspective, if a robot had been flying in airline accidents that were pilot error, the accident may not have happened.
bbabis
Bill Babis 6
Didn't I already see that in the movie "Airplane?"
williambaker08
That was an inflatable blow up doll lol. Besides now all I can think of is.... DOES ANYONE KNOW HOW TO FIX A ROBOT OR LAND A PLANE???
Starman535
I think the builders would know how to fix it if it failed.
AABABY
AABABY 1
So, there would have to be a repair tech aboard on all flights? Can't fix a broken wire or hose from the office.
sparkie624
sparkie624 3
I am a repair tech... and I AINT and AINT with EMPHASIS... Flying with that thing!
williambaker08
Sparkie where the heck have you been lol.
sparkie624
sparkie624 1
I've been around.... Just haven't been as talkative lately
sparkie624
sparkie624 2
Not really... this Robot was not fitted with a Manual Inflation Port :) - Don't forget about when the plane was losing altitude...
jjones8468
JAMES JONES 2
OTTO :)
glennblum
Glenn Blum 1
Yes, However it took some help to get it to deploy.
WALLACE24
WALLACE24 3
Can't wait to fly with a bot pilot. I'll do it right after I travel in a driverless car.
WALLACE24
WALLACE24 2
Let me add that I am crazy; not stupid!
sparkie624
sparkie624 2
In my opinion not quite as good of a job as it may appear... Note the end with the TR's in particular... Once the a/c is fully stopped the TR's should have been closed and engines idle... In this case here, the Robot held the TR's open well after fully stopped and notice the nose climbing... that a/c if real would have had a lot of tail damage followed by the Nose Gear slamming to the ground.
Thebobit
I don't fly and know nothing about it, but it bumped the yoke (reasonably hard) at 1:14. Is that not potentially a not good thing?
sparkie624
sparkie624 1
It is a big deal... That bump was enough that the A/P should have disengaged.
AABABY
AABABY 1
Sparkie: Well at least at a higher altitude, if there would be another Flight officer present, the A/P could be reset.
The whole thing sounds ominous to me, too.
Hence my own policy:
Drive or take a train!
AABABY
AABABY 1
I would think that at higher altitude it would not a big issue. At runway threshold it would be like a Korean Airlines landing.
trbpearson
As the old saying goes "A pilot and a dog. The pilot is there to feed the dog. The dog is there to bite the pilot if he touches the controls"
crk112
crk112 1
This was not a robot landing a 737 by hand.

It was a robot manipulating a 737's autopilot and the 737 performed an auto-land.
sparkie624
sparkie624 1
Very true and may I say that he did a very bad job!
LeanderWilliams
I saw several flaws... If the bot is going to land the plane, it should be precise. When the instruction said to reduce speed to 190 knots, the bot set it for 192. When the instruction said to reduce speed to 150 knots, it reduced to 152. Only when it said to reduce to 140 knots did it get it exact. Several other instructions had the controls moving before the bot touched them.. Just my observation.
sparkie624
sparkie624 1
Yes... the a/c was already setup for Auto Land... Not my comment above about the TR's.... For this bet the guy who bet on the Robot lost... The A/c would have received damage from that landing.

AABABY
AABABY 1
It's only a flesh wound! (Monty Python)
schmith
uma hora dessas vou aprender a usar corretamente o Flaightaware
sparkie624
sparkie624 1
Geez.. English.. The World Standard in every country for aviation....

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